23 July – 9 November 2014
Media Space Gallery
Discover the incredible fictions of Joan Fontcuberta in his first major UK exhibition, featuring six documentary narratives that mix fact with fiction and science with art.
Using the visual languages of journalism, advertising, museum displays and scientific journals, these convincing yet subversive and deadpan works are an investigation into photography's authority and our inclination to believe what we see.
“Photography is a tool to negotiate our idea of reality. Thus it is the responsibility of photographers to not contribute with anaesthetic images but rather to provide images that shake consciousness.”
– Joan Fontcuberta
Exhibition highlights include astonishing photographs of mermaid fossils, incredible reports of mysterious fauna and eye-opening photographs of rare plant species.
You can find out more about the exhibition's narratives – Fauna, Herbarium, Orogenesis, Constellations, Sirens and Karelia – in the image gallery below.
‘He makes you doubt everything, leaving you in an unclaimed grey zone that is both strange and sublime.’
★ ★ ★ ★ (Time Out )
‘A fantastic exhibition.’ ★ ★ ★ ★ (The Daily Telegraph)
‘The exhibition is visually arresting, subversively humorous, and infernally clever. It is also deeply unsettling.’ (CNN International)
‘Amusing and dead-pan, skilfully inventive and perfectly narrated: this exhibition is a fascinating puzzle.’
★ ★ ★ ★ (Evening Standard)
‘It’s a brilliant show, in which entertainment and philosophy complement each other to perfection, with neither given weight beyond the other.’ (Financial Times)
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