Faith and Industry/Overlapping
Lisa Oppenheim/Carlos Garaicoa
– 26th November 2006, Tue-Sat 10:30-17:30, Sun 12-16:00)
Both artists featured in the Open Eye’s Biennial exhibition use
photography to create powerful reflections on the changes wrought by time
on the fabric of a city.
Lisa Oppenheim is fascinated by archives, particularly the way they allow
us to slip between past and present. Her installation, By Faith and Industry
is based on the archive of local photographer Edward Chambre Hardman,
using textual descriptions as accompaniment rather than the photographs
themselves. Juxtaposing her own images with historical text, Oppenheim
prompts us to consider the relationship between image and text, merging
memory and imagination in a uniquely fluid portrait of change. The works
are displayed through a rustically archaic 16mm film projector.
Havana-based artist Carlos Garaicoa manipulates the surface of his own
photographs using threads and pins on lambada print, creating ghostly
images of the past within the present. His photographs depict the buildings
and streetscapes of Liverpool. Using archive images, the artist has reconstructed
the buildings which occupied these locations in the past, superimposing
their outlines over the modern day imagery. Garaicoa’s work explores
the relationship between architecture, history and memory in a silent
testimony to Liverpool’s continuing development.
The work of both artists is thought-provoking in different ways. Oppenheim’s
is arguably more challenging but Garaicoa’s imagery is more vivid,
doing more for the passive viewer. The common theme of the changing face
of Liverpool is highly relevant in the run up to 2008 making this show
a worthy inclusion for the 2006 Biennial.
To read Hana Leaper's review of this exhibition