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PHOTOMONTH IN KRAKOW — 2010 Photomonth_kropki_duze


Curator: Jason Evans, Great Britain



Nothing Is in the Place is the new independent project of British artist and curator Jason Evans, created specially for the purposes of Photomonth in Krakow 2010, presenting a vision of the 1990s in Great Britain. His material is both photography (presented as reproductions of identical dimensions, creating an unbroken row of objects) and video works.
In the 1990s Great Britain was tipped as a world centre of unbounded artistic creativity. The Young British Artist phenomenon resulted in catapulting careers and places in the collections of the world’s largest museums. British music groups created ‘Britpop’, winning fans and imitators on a massive scale. At the same time, the country was shaken by riots and protests, and underwent a profound crisis. The reasons for the social unrest was in the socio-economic transformations and in the popularisation of an alternative lifestyle. The decisions taken by the British government to restore balance to the country had a lasting effect on the face of the country.
This auteur selection of often overlooked photographs and video pieces made by Evans challenges the ‘Cool Britannia’ motto that was used to promote Great Britain at the time. The British reality of the time, documented by the work presented here, is a diverse period that embraced the Thatcher government, the John Major depression, the birth of an alternative youth culture, and new forms of music like rave and grunge, and a rise in the popularity of semi-synthetic narcotics, such as Ecstasy. This was also a time of defining the individual in opposition to the dominant values, and of the blossom of separatism. This is why many of the images presented are linked with the utopian idea of New Age Travellers, with violent street riots, manifesting discord with the status quo, alternative political and social visions, or a whole new aesthetic of subjective realism. The image of this decade Evans presents opens with Poll Tax Riots of 1990, and closes with the ‘Guerrilla Gardening’ of 2000. The numerous narrative photographs and videos by (among others) Vince Petersen and Wolfgang Tillmans are shown with no interference, and although they have not been set up according to a documentary plan, they stand as unintentional testimony to those times.

Jason Evans (1968) has Photography as a passport to experience. He enjoys a varied practice and is equally interested in making an album cover, an editorial fashion story or a gallery project. He enjoys the dialogues of collaboration and prefers working intuitively. He also writes about photography for Photoworks and Aperture and is a lecturer at the University of Wales, Newport. He is the author of online photo projects including where he displays one picture every day, for a day, of something that made him happy.





Nothing is in the Place

Curator: Jason Evans
Coordinator: Joanna Krawczyk

Grand opening: 07.05.2010, 8:00 p.m.
Gallery of Contemporary Art Bunkier Sztuki, 3a Szczepański square (1st floor)
Exhibition dates: 01–30.05.2010; TUE, WED, FRI-SUN: 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., THU: 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.