10th August - 20th October 2007
'Bound' is the new exhibition showing at the Open Eye Gallery from 10th
August to 20th October. The aim of the show is to 'explore slavery from
historical manifestations to modern day bondage… and the physical
and psychological impact of slavery on humanity'.
The exhibition is not a collection of one person's, work but showcases
many different contemporary artists. Despite this array of different voices,
there is not a battle between the pieces. Each piece is individual to
the artist and tells its own story, but each compliments the others.
As soon as I entered the gallery, I was faced with large scale photographs,
and surrounded by sounds from the many short films being played. The television
screens are at waist height and the smaller photographs on display are
hung high up on the wall. The positioning of the works disorientates,
and took me out of my physical comfort zone. If I wasn't craning my neck,
my eyes were darting between three short films all playing in the same
small area of the room. The pieces are wonderfully interwoven to bombard
the gallerygoer with images and sound, to force some kind of interaction
with the pieces. Because of this interaction with the viewer, the spirit
of 'physical and psychological impact' is felt.
The exhibition was engaging and passionate, however it was quite an alienating
and ambiguous and other visitors in the gallery did not stick around long,
perhaps feeling intimidated by the barrage to their senses. But this paradoxically
is where the beauty lay.
Bound is an intriguing exhibition that is on the whole well put together.
It demands attention and challenges its audience, the question is whether
the audience are challenged too much and the meaningful purpose of the
display is lost.