Lorraine Burrell, Wolfram Hahn, Gabriela Herman, Lisa Ohlweiler - 26 October to 21 December 2012
Everyday Selves presents a series of contemporary portraits and self-portraits grounded in ordinary, domestic scenes. Photography has become part of an almost continuous process of self-presentation, increasingly proliferated through media and online platforms. Intimate views of private worlds are created, tweeted, posted and exhibited. The screen of the camera phone or the laptop functions as a kind of two-way mirror, reflecting back a crafted and desirable view of oneself, while also allowing the world outside to look in. Photography, and specifically the self-portrait, is increasingly integral, not only to our image, but to our sense of who we are.
Wolfram Hahn re-stages self-portraits posted on social networks. In each photograph the subject’s gaze is focused on their own image reflected on the screen of a hand-held device at the moment the flash goes off and the image is made. The images work as a portrait within a portrait. We can imagine the closely framed head shot that has been produced – the image that the subject wishes to project – and are at the same time privy to the incidental details of their surroundings; the things that make up the physical space in which they live and spend their time.
Gabriela Herman photographs solitary, night-time bloggers. The subjects are photographed in dark rooms and are lit by light emitted from the screen that they stare at. The screen is in turn reflected in their gaze, in the glint in their eyes. This relationship between gaze and screen sits at the heart of each portrait with visual depictions of the subject’s private dwelling dissolving into the darkness that frames them. For all their intimacy, Herman’s portraits are inscrutable – they present a private view of a private view.
Lisa Ohlweiler and Lorraine Burrell photograph themselves engaged in different ways with ordinary, domestic rituals and spaces. In the photographs featured in Everyday Selves, Lisa Ohlweiler is pictured in a number of American suburban homes in which she lived for short periods of time. The sterility of the environment and Ohlweiler’s sense of displacement, melancholy and alienation is explored in the work through physical performance and self-portraiture.
Lorraine Burrell presents a series of surreal photographs of performed domestic scenarios. Her performances are both carefully choreographed and the result of spontaneous actions. The work represents a critical and witty response to conventional ideas of domesticity, femininity and family photography.
Everyday Selves explores the presence of photography in our daily lives and its role in blurring the boundaries between private and public space and between physical and virtual realities.
Lorraine Burrell completed an MFA at the University of Ulster in 2005. Burrell has exhibited nationally and internationally, including this little bag of dreams, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, 2011; Intersection: Globalization and Identity, Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo; Video Festival 07, Valencia, Spain andEngaged in Recreation, Borusan Culture and Art Centre, Istanbul. Burrell is represented by The Third Space Gallery, Belfast.
Wolfram Hahn studied design and photography at the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam. Hahn has exhibited nationally and internationally, including solo shows in Paraguay, Berlin, Washington DC and New Zealand. His awards include an honorable mention in Unicef''s Photo of the Year and a C|O Berlin ‘Talents 07' award.
Gabriela Herman graduated from Wesleyan University in 2003 and is currently based in Brooklyn, NY. Recent exhibitions include Brighton Photo Fringe Festival; Hasted Kraeutler Gallery, NYC; The Rayko Center, San Francisco and Festivale Internazionale di Roma. In 2011, Herman was selected for Critical Mass and in 2010 she was named a “Top Emerging Photographer” by the Magenta Foundation.
Lisa Ohlweiler received her MFA from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Recent exhibitions include Margo Leavin Gallery, LA; Redling Fine Art, LA; Charlie James Gallery, LA. Her works have been published inAuto Focus: The Self-Portrait in contemporary Art by Susan Bright and by Camera Austria, December 2011.
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