Remembrance and amnesia are prevailing themes in Israeli-born, London-based artist Ori Gersht’s (b. 1967) historically-charged landscape and still life photography. His practice of recording and erasure reveals an investigation, on both a physical and temporal level, into the obliteration of memory. The plasticity of the digital photographic medium is explored in Big Bang, which captures the detonation of floral arrangements modelled on still life paintings by Jan van Huysum and Théodore Fantin-Latour at a rate of 1,600 frames per second. Elsewhere, a bullet tears through a pomegranate – these violent moments are rendered beautiful in their frozen abstraction. The instance of traumatic rupture functions as a metaphor for mortality, and the unpredictable nature of conflict and revolution. The 2015 Prix Pictet-nominated artist has exhibited internationally, with his most recent series currently on show at Ben Brown Fine Arts, London. www.benbrownfinearts.com.
State of Mind:
The October / November Issue
What does it mean to be engaged? What does it mean to be bold? What does it mean to be different? These questions underpin Issue 103.
Aesthetica Art Prize Judge: Karin Askham
The judges for this year’s Aesthetica Art Prize, currently open for entries, include Karin Askham, Dean of the school of Media, London College of Communication who established the UK’s first BA and MA courses in fashion photography.