Is it safe in the darkroom?
20th November 2011 - 9th January 2012
‘Objet trouves’, tools, hardware have always fascinated me and have invariably played a large part in my photographic work, in one form or another. When Man Ray first used random objects - the ‘readymades’ - in display cases for exhibitions, together with Marcel Duchamp in the 1920’s, he named them ‘objects of my affection’.
The window installation for the m2 Gallery takes, as a departure point, Maholy Nagy’s ‘Light Space Modulator’- a glass and metal sculpture he constructed during 1920 - 1930, and which he subsequently used in his experimental film ‘Lightplay Black-White-Grey’ to create a magical work using light and shadows.
Inspired by these Artists’ works, and in the spirit of ‘rational play’ and experimentation, I have assembled different negative frame holders in a seemingly disorganised structure within the confines of the m2 Gallery window. With the use of multiple light sources and ‘diagonal views’ the illusion of a ‘shadow cage’ is created.
The darkroom throughout this process retains its silent presence.
Verdi Yahooda is an artist, living and working in London. Her photographic works over the years have addressed issues of cultural history, identity and family rituals, as well as rethinking the notion of ‘the still life’. She is an Associate Professor at The American Intercontinental University, London.