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The latest edition of Photo50, No Place is An Island, curated by Rodrigo Orrantia, presents works by British and UK-based artists responding to the idea of an island. Echoing John Donne’s celebrated poem No Man is an Island, the exhibition explores what it means to be an island and its multiple possibilities towards the future.
The title of the exhibition also alludes to the idea that contemporary photography is not an island or an isolated medium, and the selected artists will showcase photography as part of a wider practice, pushing and redefining its boundaries through sculpture, performance, moving
image and sound.
This exhibition also celebrates 10 years since the seminal Photo50 show entitled The New Alchemists, curated by Rodrigo’s mentor and friend Sue Steward, who passed away in 2017. No Place Is An Island references Steward’s work and ideas, bringing them to the present by looking at how photographic art has evolved in the last decade. The exhibition connects a generation of established and mid-career artists, with emerging practices working around the same interests and, in most cases, directly inspired by artists in the show.
Featured photographers include Esther Teichmann, Dafna Talmor, Martin Seeds, Tom Hunter and Sarah Pickering, each of whom bring a unique perspective to the exhibition’s subject matter and work in a variety of photographic formats and materials.