Khora contemporary vr art experience Laia Abril exhibition {Deutsche Borse photography foundation prize} at the photographers gallery

Khora contemporary vr art experience & Laia Abril exhibition, {Deutsche Borse photography foundation prize} at the photographers gallery

{ Falmouth University MA in photography – CRJ }

In June 2019 I started my MA with Falmouth university as part of an accredited education programme.

07.07.2019

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On the weekend I took my daughter to London for a concert and we spent the morning visiting the photography centre at the V&A museum, following up some of this past weeks topic of ‘the global image’, and the spread & evolution of photography, from the very start of the photographic image with some of William Henry fox Talbot’s images that they have on permanent exhibition there.

The pencil of nature, by Fox Talbot. Published 1844-46 . Museum no RPS272-2017 . The Victoria, & Albert museum , London.

The pencil of nature, by Fox Talbot. Published 1844-46 . Museum no RPS272-2017 . The Victoria, & Albert museum , London.

William Henry Fox Talbot & Nicolaas Henneman The reading establishment . C 1846 . The Victoria & Albert museum, London

William Henry Fox Talbot & Nicolaas Henneman The reading establishment . C 1846 . The Victoria & Albert museum, London

After we had finished at the V&A we headed over to the Photographers Gallery to view the Laia Abril exhibition “ON ABORTION ” { you can view the book & project here … http://www.laiaabril.com/project/abortion/  } which was part of the {Deutsche Borse photography foundation prize 2019 https://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibition/deutsche-borse-photography-foundation-prize-2019 }.

The exhibition resinated with me on many levels, my birth work at it’s very core is about female rights, a women’s rights to autonomy over her own body and decisions surrounding it. When I applied for the MA I said the following about my birth photography “ In 2012 I fought again…..to be granted access to photograph cesarean deliveries for women in theatre.” ” This is something, I don’t believe we should have to fight for, we should all be entitled to our memories. Birth photography became about more than the images, it became about women rights, birth rights, advocacy, a mothers voice & her right to be heard.” and this exhibition fit with that narrative perfectly, it is something I feel deeply within my core, that we still need so much to work on in this world, and just like some of the wonderful birth photographers I follow, exhibitions like Laia Abril’s are doing beautiful, sensitive work to bring these issues to the forefront of a culture that has ignored the collective female voice for far too long.

The photographers gallery

The photographers gallery, London.

 

Laia Abril, "ON ABORTION" Voice mail, Florida, Abortion clinic - clinic staffer , August 28 , 2015 ,

Laia Abril, “ON ABORTION” Voice mail, Florida, Abortion clinic – clinic staffer , August 28 , 2015

 

Laia Abril, "ON ABORTION" , In labour X-Ray. Atlas Roentgenographic diagnosis of pregnancy & childbirth. Kurt Warnekros X-ray 1921 . Museum of medical history of Catalonia Barcelona.

Laia Abril, “ON ABORTION” , In labour X-Ray. Atlas Roentgenographic diagnosis of pregnancy & childbirth. Kurt Warnekros X-ray 1921 . Museum of medical history of Catalonia Barcelona.

 

 

After we had finished withthis exhibition , we headed up to the 3rd floor for our time slot with Khora contemporary, for our VR Art experience , with virtual reality art by Paul McCarthy , Yu Hong & Tony Oursler. Khora contemporary states on the landing page of their website that ” Khora contemporary is a production company that acts as a bridge between artists and Virtual Reality developers.” and ” With the latest technology at hand and and an exciting list of artists in the pipeline, Khora Contemporary is set to become a pioneer of this fascinating new medium” ( KHORA CONTEMPORARY. 2017 . landing page. Khora contemporary. Available at http://khoracontemporary.com  [ accessed 07.06.2019] ) . To say that I was excited about this new medium was an understatement, the possibilities of virtual art and virtual exhibitions are monumental, in terms of the art world it is huge, in terms of education it could quite literally be a life changing medium. Suddenly art, and exhibitions that have never been available in certain parts of the world, or to certain groups (I know in the home ed community for example we sometimes struggle with accessing the same opportunities for museum and gallery visits as children in schools) could be opened up to everyone. One day perhaps, people will be sat in their front room walking around a gallery half way around the world, or a birth client of mine could years later physically ‘be’ in the moment of their birth again, that is just mind blowing. Whilst in that VR room, I thought back to those early pioneers creating hour long exposures , leading the way in a new scientific and artistic medium, and the parallels are undeniable . In the words of Shakespeare’s The Tempest “How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, that has such people in it.”

[ Shakespeare, The tempest, lines 207-210 ]

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Khora_contemporary_vr_art_experience : iphone image.

 

 

 

 

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