The big new photography show at the Saatchi Gallery, Out of Focus, includes work by a number of photographers with African connections: Beninese photographer Leonce Raphael Agbodjélou (who showed at Jack Bell last year and the year before); South African photographers Mohau Modisakeng and Mikhael Subotzky (pictured); and Johannesburg/London-born, London-based duo Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin.
I recently had the good fortune to see some of Broomberg and Chanarin’s work as part of a group show at Belfast Exposed gallery, but it might also be familiar to anybody who saw their exhibition at Paradise Row last year. In the recent series People In Trouble Laughing Pushed To The Ground (2011), the artists drew on images from the Belfast Exposed photographic archive, which was founded in 1983 and documents the Troubles in Northern Ireland through photographs of everyday and not-so-everyday life, taken by both professionals and non-professionals. The artists used the physical traces of these images’ lives in the archive – random blots, cuts, scratches and round stickers – to guide the form and selection of their own prints. The result is a moving, multi-layered exploration of the role of photography in the making, remembering and re-making of history.
Show: 25th April – 22nd July
Opening hours: Mon-Sun, 10-6
Duke Of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London
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