LONDON.- Camilla Grimaldi
announced that she will carry on the gallery's activity as sole director and owner. Formerly known as Brancolini Grimaldi, the gallery will now trade under the name Camilla Grimaldi and exhibit from an interim space at 25 Old Burlington Street, Mayfair.
The gallery will present a specially curated programme of exhibitions, continuing to represent a broad range of international artists who share a ground-breaking and experimental approach to photography as a means of artistic expression. The new space will launch with the following exhibitions:
Objects in the Field / 14 February - 21 March 2014
Gulu Real Art Studio / 28 March - 25 April 2014
Sophy Rickett's most recent body of work, Objects in the Field, was made during her time as Artist Associate at the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge, and develops the artist's interest in the role of the camera as a mediator between people and the natural world, exploring how light and darkness define and articulate our relationship to space.
Through the project, Rickett examines the legacy of some now obsolete astrophysical research conducted in the 1980s and constructs or re-imagines a set of different narrative voices that are at times contradictory, or at odds with each other. Appropriating the lexicon used by astronomers and astrophysicists who refer to stars as 'objects' and to the sky as 'the field', Objects in the Field consists of several series of photographs, a monitor-based video and a text. Each work reflects upon the artist's encounter with Dr Roderick Willstrop, a retired astronomer physicist, associated with the Institute of Astronomy since 1965.
Martina Bacigalupo's Gulu Real Art Studio will be her first exhibition in the UK. The show will present an edited selection of 6 x 4 inch prints that the artist found discarded at Obal Denis' studio in Gulu, Uganda. Bacigalupo's collection represents a typological cross-section of Gulu's society today - nurses, soldiers, farmers, teachers, businessmen, nuns, students, mothers and children - defined through poses, clothing and objects. Vivid and diverse, the images extend the tradition of African vernacular studio portraiture, at the same time creating completely unconventional portraits. What remains of the image, after the faces are cut out, heightens the viewer's attention to gesture, and it is through subtle details that other markers of identity reveal themselves.
The photographic work is accompanied by a collection of audio and video interviews of the studio's customers conducted by Bacigalupo. A monograph of Gulu Real Art Studio was published by Steidl in 2013.