Lee Sharrock chooses her Top 5 of Photo London 2018 for FAD Magazine.
Phil Shaw at Rebecca Hossack Gallery is a delightful discovery. A series of colourful prints depict vintage books lining neatly ordered shelves. At first glance they appear to be authentic, yet on closer examination the titles reveal a playful intervention of iconic novels. Shaw’s ingenious play on words and clever use of digital manipulation creates photographic images that endlessly reveal new codes.
Huxley Parlour have curated ‘The Female Lens’, an exhibition of 9 contemporary female photographers perfectly in sync with the #TimesUp movement. These talented women redirect the male gaze by celebrating the female form and psyche from a female point of view. Jocelyn Lee’s ‘Raising the Cherry Tree’ is a standout print with it’s delicate sense of colour and surreal aesthetic.
Officine dell’Immagine Gallery are exhibiting some unique photography by African artist Maurice Mbikayi, who collects discarded computer parts, refashions them into a ‘prosthetic identity’ for photographic tableaux. Italian multimedia artist Maimouna Guerresi presents an intriguing perspective on the spirituality of human beings.
Throwback to the fashionable fifties when Norman Parkinson’s aesthetic perfectly summed up the aesthetic of the glamorous post-war decade. Augusta Edwards Fine Art have a fine collection of vintage prints by the iconic image-maker, including a perfectly idiosyncratic image of a woman casually riding an Ostrich ‘Wenda and Ostriches’ (1951).
On display at Gazelli Art House is Charlotte Colbert’s contemporary reimagining of Lucian Freud’s legendary painting ‘Benefits Supervisor Sleeping’. Colbert ingeniously updates the life study in the form of a sculptural large-scale video featuring Freud’s favourite model Sue Tilley.
PHOTO LONDON SOMERSET HOUSE, LONDON 17-20 MAY 2018 photolondon.org