A group of voices accompanies me in the exhibition. They are singing words I cannot comprehend, yet the warm tunes are familiar: folk songs, love songs, songs of longing. There are letters, too. They speak of the quotidian details of a soldier's life: the hardness of the war, sending money to the family, and longing for familiar landscapes, food,...
There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...
Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...
Waddington Custot is pleased to announce the forthcoming series of photographs This Empty World by Nick Brandt. The series examines the escalating environmental and ecological degradation in East Africa, previously explored in Inherit the Dust (2014–2016). In This Empty World, Brandt uses colour for the first time, and a digital medium format, bringing immediacy to a subject that demands our attention.
This Empty World was made on Maasai land in Kenya, where Brandt photographed indigenous animals in their natural habitat. Almost always keeping the camera in the exact same position, he then built temporary urban structures in the same location, a highway flyover, a petrol station, re-photographing the transformed space. Brandt combines the two images in post-production, composing dramatic scenes that confront urgent environmental issues, such as the scarcity of resources.
The series, shot mostly at night, shows the neon glow of urban lights illuminating passive crowds and displaced animals. In This Empty World, Brandt makes powerful and haunting images revealing not only the mounting tension between animals and humans, but also the mutual suffering shared by both as victims of environmental devastation.
Seven selected works from This Empty World are available. You can view the work here.
The complete series will be exhibited in February 2019, and will be accompanied by the related monograph, to be published by Thames & Hudson.
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