Ryan Gibson: Just For Show.
Edinburgh Napier University had some strong pieces from a couple of students.
Ryan Gibson called his triptych Just For Show: Prosperity Props, no rx Devices for Measuring Achievement. He had acquired some very mundane souvenirs at charity shops in Edinburgh and then juxtaposed them next to photographs taken by his great grandfather, physician who was a travel agent who toured Europe taking promotional photographs along the way.
‘The comfortable juxtaposition of imagery within a single pairing encourages the viewer to establish his or her own narrative. By attempting to justify the relationship between the pairing, linking the object to the partnering environment, the initial assumption that there is a clear direct relationship becomes less certain. Under closer examination the association between the two images deteriorates as the illusion initially created starts to fracture.‘
Katie Fulton had placed strange objects in the Scottish countryside to signify memories on a journey through life.
Nadine Is’haq looked at Life Under the Veil with a series of women posing lusciously beneath luxurious fabrics and gold chains. ‘The images are intentionally bright and effervescent; the women, although covered from head to toe appear blissful, mysterious and very much in control. They command attention as opposed to pity.’ One of her images was used on the Edinburgh Napier poster and on the front of their useful little catalogue which was handed to me as I passed through.
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