31.03.08 Esther Teichmann included in ‘In Our World. New Photography in Britain’ exhibition at Galleria Civica di Modena, Italy

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Gallery artist Esther Teichmann has been selected to take part in ‘In Our World. New Photography in Britain’. The exhibition has been curated by Filippo Maggia and is organised and produced by the Galleria Civica di Modena and the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena.

Other invited artists include Sarah Pickering, Anne Hardy, Gareth McConnell, Melissa Moore, Suzanne Mooney, Harold Hoffeh, Sophie Rickett, Annabel Elgar, Danny Treacy, Kirk Palmer, Becky Beasley, Bianca Brunner, Simon Cunningham, Heiko Tieman.

The exhibition includes photographs, videos and films: a range of expressive media and a sufficient number of works to make the artistic development of each artist clear.

‘In Our World’ provides an up-to-date and extremely contemporary overview of photographic research in England. The presence of artists from a variety of nations (Germany, Portugal, the United States, Switzerland, Ireland etc.) yet who have been living in London for some time, underlines the key role played today by the capital of the UK in contemporary arts, and in particular, by the Royal College of Art (where all of the artists have studied over the past ten years) which has become a new point of reference.

Housed in Palazzo Santa Margherita, in corso Canalgrande 103 in Modena until 13th July, the exhibition is accompanied by a detailed catalogue published by Skira, the first of a new series dedicated to the young blood emerging in various countries of Europe and beyond. The catalogue features a rich selection of images for each artist, along with a statement on each artist’s work and a complete bio-bibliography.

Although it is hard to pin down a dominant current or trend that characterises all the works on show, all the artists present in the exhibition share a strong sense of interaction with the world around them. Not content with merely representing it, in a certain sense they act as a sort of filter, giving it a new and personal interpretation, transforming, inventing and putting together the pieces of a tangible reality, or providing a first person account (in some cases featuring directly as protagonists of the works) of their own relationship with life and society at large.

Despite dealing with personal experiences, in many cases very different from one another, there is a shared sense of melancholy, one of the here and now needing to be lived to the full, faced with eyes wide open and then pieced back together through their images. Another feature common to many of their works is their reconstruction of precise situations in which the photographic act defines and redraws the lines and proportions of a new sense of reality, one made up of intimate relationships, multiple meanings that the photographer tries to put across through a pondered and selective gaze.

‘In Our World. New Photography in Britain’ is at the Palazzo Santa Margherita, corso Canalgrande 103, Modena, Italy from 20th April 13th July 2008. The exhibition is open from Tuesday to Sunday 10.30am – 1pm; 4pm – 7.30pm; closed on Mondays.

There is a press preview on Friday 18th April at 11.30am and the opening is on Sunday 20th April at 11.30am.

For more information, contact Galleria Civica di Modena.