EXHIBITION: Seeing Through a Glass Darkly
7 - 28 October 2011
Preview: Thursday 6th October, 6.00pm - 9.00 pm
Seeing Through a Glass Darkly is photographic exhibition of 7 artists from Lithuania and Russia. It presents an unofficial history of photographic work taken in Eastern Europe from 1960s to the present day. Over 40 meditative photographs are gathered in this exhibition, by some of the most important yet not fully discovered artists fromLithuania and Russia including Igor Mukhin, Antanas Sutkus, Andrey Tarkovsky and Rimaldas Viksraitis.
Based on the words of the Apostle Paul: "For Now we see through a glass darkly" this exhibition reminds us of the political uncertainty, as in Igor Mukhin's Moscow series taken during the coup of 1990s, and Andrey Tarkovsky's polaroids from Italy at the start of his exile in 1980s. Behind the first layer of straight photo reportage, Ramunas Danisevicius uncovers a psychological portrait of today's Lithuania. Antanas Sutkus's 1960s striking images from an orphanage for blind children are full of sadness and longing for truth, as in Plato's allegory of the cave, the reality is perceived partially, only seeing the shadows and hearing the echoes.
Focusing on photographs taken in unfamiliar places, ranging from Dmitri Konradt's lost courtyards of St Petersburg to Vaclovas's Straukas's foggy landscapes of small Lithuanian villages and Rimaldas Viksraitis's desolate farms, Seeing Through a Glass Darkly projects a deeply poetic visual perspective of life in Lithuania and Russia bypassing ideology and official history.
The exhibition is open Monday to Friday 8.30am - 6.30pm. Saturdays by appointment.
For more information or to book an appointment contact Anya Stonelake on +44(0)7949 100 956