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Life On Film,28 Feb - 19 Oct 2016
British artist Hannah Collins (b. 1956) is known for her large unframed photographs that create immersive spatial experiences, and installations that involve film and sound. Her summer exhibition at Camden Arts Centre reveals Collins' capacity to convey the emotional and psychological aspects of spaces steeped in cultural and social history.
Gallery 1 introduces Collins' vast unframed prints whose scale envelopes the viewer. Spanning her career to date, they are mostly interior scenes of apparent inhabitation. They include two early works made in East London - Thin Protective Coverings (1986) and The Violin Player (1988) - involving makeshift furnishings, mattresses and cardboard that provide temporary comfort and refuge. Another image shows the traces of life inside the hut where Nelson Mandela spent his teenage years, alienated from his family. Nearly all of these places are unoccupied, inviting the viewer to imagine the lives that were once lived there.
A motif of sound - both musical and the spoken word - runs through the exhibition. Family (1988) shows a collection of aged and worn loudspeakers, resting on each other in a common space. The Interior and the Exterior - Noah Purifoy (2014) is an installation of sound and photographs filling an entire gallery that is an homage to the celebrated West-Coast artist (1917 - 2004). The images were taken with a plate camera, engaging a slow, contemplative way of looking at Purifoy's assemblages of recycled materials and objects. The three-channel soundscape brings together spoken accounts of Purifoy's contemporaries, recorded by Collins, including Ed Ruscha, members of the Black Panther Party as well as artists engaged with the radical activism and social revolution through the '60s and '70s.