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Ferris Wheel - Limited Edition 7 of 50 Photograph

Gina Soden

United Kingdom

Photography, Digital on Paper

Size: 28 W x 27.6 H x 0.1 D in

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Kaleidoscope (2016) is a new departure for the British artist Gina Soden. Known for her evocative photographs of abandoned buildings that breathe beauty into decay, her new series breaks into abstract terrain. Just as a kaleidoscope operates on the principle of multiple reflections, so too do these prints. Soden has flipped, inverted and rotated fragments of her own images of various spaces and architectural components – from tiles to antennas and from ceilings to staircases. The new series signals a departure for Soden since her normal practice is to show a situation in its whole, so much so that we feel we were there with her on the discovery. In these prints our position is completely different, instead we are plunged in to the middle of something and have to work backwards to orientate ourselves. They demand endless enquiry and searching for forms. This is a Kaleidoscopic image of the ferris wheel in Pripyat in Chernobyl, which was at the epicentre of the catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred on 26 April 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. The Pripyat amusement park was an upcoming amusement park. It was to be opened on May 1, 1986, in time for the May Day celebrations but the plans were interrupted when the accident occured. The park was opened for a couple of hours on April 27 to keep the city people entertained before the announcement to evacuate the city was made. Digital Archival Prints, 70 x 71 cm on Somerset Satin Enhanced 330 gsm Signed and numbered on the front Edition of 50 Unframed Prints produced by Jealous Gallery

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Photography:Digital on Paper

Artist Produced Limited Edition of:25

Size:28 W x 27.6 H x 0.1 D in

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At the heart of my photography is a preoccupation with abandoned structures and locations. Traveling widely to undisclosed sites throughout Europe, I explore the boundaries of beauty, decay, nostalgia and neglect. The genesis of each of my pieces is often the unique architectural character of each location, heightened by their painfully slow transformation after years of abandonment. Kate Bryan; 2012 "​Rather than taking a documentary approach, Soden breathes a sense of life into the scenes, hinting at narrative with studied compositions. Characteristically each image has a distinctly painterly aesthetic, side stepping the tendency that photography has for observational and distanced looking. Soden’s approach is lyrical and directs the viewer to explore the concepts of time and memory. The compositions feature derelict asylums, long since closed schools, ex-military compounds and famous city power stations in various stages of decay. The results are striking and poignant, at once both edgy in their contemporary aesthetic and nostalgic in their ruinous beauty. The work is underscored by the potential controversy of gaining unlicensed access to the out of bounds areas. Every image is a product of a journey, referring both to the physical demands of gaining entry and to the passing of time which is evident in the abandoned locations. Like the Romantic poets before her, Soden offers room to reflect on more romantic notions of beauty and a sense of calmness despite collapse and structural devastation"

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