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New Vedute – Alternative Postcards from Rome: Simon Roberts

Date:

05/16/2017


New Vedute – Alternative Postcards from Rome: Simon Roberts

New Vedute – Alternative Postcards from Rome: Simon Roberts

Exhibition curated by Marco Delogu and Flavio Scollo.

In a nutshell, we might call Simon Roberts a landscape photographer. As is often the case, however, this comes nowhere near to describing his photography. His landscapes are almost always connected to the social fabric of their inhabitants and it is in this relationship that Roberts works his small, alchemical magic.

The series New Vedute may appear quite unlike the rest of his work, yet we find even here many of his typical elements. Roberts superimposes his own contemporary snapshots over postcards, idealised images from disparate places and times yet all depicting the city of Rome. The meaning of each image is influenced by the original written on the back that become the title and the result might often appear disorientating and the end goals are quite diverse.

The overall image that emerges is the typical experience that a hypothetical tourist would encounter when visiting one of the most touristy cities in the world. A city that, with its ancient ruins and many historical monuments, is very much a picture-postcard city yet also an urbanised space. This is the precise dual identity that Roberts investigates by combining contemporary images with postcards, drawing out the internal tensions and exploring the competing images.

Through the postcard manipulation process, Roberts not only rearranges and interrogates the importance of cultural emblems and the concept of the landscape, but singles out the very nature of the postcards. They are presented here as ordinary objects that undergo an extraordinary process, only to be then repositioned in an extraordinary frame where they have to imitate a familiar domestic dimension.

Information

Date: DA Tuesday, May 16, 2017 a Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Time: From 10:00 am To 5:30 pm

Organized by : ICI London

Entry : Free


Location:

ICI London

2474