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Gallery II

Claire Hope | GROUP PHOTO | 14 February - 13 March 2014

 Group Photo Claire Hope web

Image: Group Photo, video still, courtesy of artist Claire Hope

Preview 13 February 5 - 8 pm, all welcome

Event | Members of the Cast | 11 March 6 - 7 pm, free and open to all

Artist Claire Hope bases her commissioned moving image work for Gallery II on the generic group photograph. Yet in this staged work, how the group behave and are viewed by the camera, also how we as viewers feel about them becomes increasingly unpredictable. The work draws on emotional extremes common to contemporary media’s reality shows, competitions, not least cinema and web-based media – which may invite a powerful empathy towards those we watch - as often as a ‘judging’ coldness. Where such extremes seem to amplify wider attitudes in social life, like valorising love or achievement, in this moving image work affection and assessment become the poles around which the formal and promotional group photograph is depicted. But the contrast between these imagined portraits, and the way the camera treats the group, seems to invite different sorts of action and interaction.

Claire Hope (UK, 1977) has exhibited and screened her artwork widely in the UK and abroad including with Black Maria, London; Wysing Arts, Cambridge; David Dale Gallery, Glasgow; LUX, London; Mains d'Oeuvres Arts Centre, Paris; Tank.tv online; S1/Salon09, Sheffield; Transmediale festival, Berlin. Claire graduated with an MA Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art in 2004 and is currently studying for a Practice-led PhD in Fine Art at the University of Leeds. She is also a former LUX Associate Artist and Lecturer in Fine Art. 

www.clairehope.co.uk


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