Note: exhibition opening and closing dates will be announced. Currently the building is undergoing earthquake strengthening work, as well as some alterations to the gallery space, and we don't know exactly when the main room will be usable for exhibitions. Hopefully soon. Watch this space.
Stomp comprises images made in Europe, India and Egypt since 2014 and began as a personal response to the destruction in Bamiyan and Timbuktu, Palmyra and Aleppo. Such recent manifestations of fascism have 20th Century antecedents in the Holocaust and Armenian genocide, but trace even further back in human consciousness. There is a long history of attempting to erase people from memory.
Stomp seeks to reach beyond a sense of despair and engage our shared humanity. It calls on powers of empathy and universal understanding that survive any detachment from individual identity. Viewed through this lens the violence of human action becomes merely an acceleration of the disappearance wrought by time itself. As such the images are all the same: portraits of everyman and everywoman from every time and every place; pictures of us.