18 November 2013
Power and pleasure, seen as two aspects of a single drive or on the contrary regarded as two opposing forces. Power and Pleasure, a joint exhibition by five artists who were all students at the University of Westminster (MA Photographic Studies), proposes a reflection on social identity, as it is expressed through the various forms of conditioning that the desire to possess, in material or cultural terms, exercises over our ideas of individual and community. Jan Stradtmann shows us wealth through a series of pictures of Porsches parked on the streets of the richest neighborhood in London, Belgravia; Andreia Alves De Oliveira explores the inaccessible interiors of the financial district of Canary Wharf; Lisbeth Bang and Paul Newman) use the portrait to evoke the social stereotypes and conditionings imposed on the construction of one’s own personality; Romain Forquy reflects on the visual greed that leads us to take pictures constantly, turning the photographic image into a mere appendage of our eyes.
Power and Pleasure
Andreia Alves De Oliveira
London Gallery West, University of Westminster
November 6, 2013 – January 5, 2014