Rodrigo Orrantia presents fourteen artists for the latest edition of Photo50 at London Art Fair, 20-24 April 2022. The annual guest-curated exhibition provides a critical forum for examining distinctive elements of current photographic practice. The exhibition is centred around what it means to be an island, looking at practices expanding the possibilities of photography. The latest edition of Photo50, No Place is An Island, curated by Rodrigo Orrantia, presents works by British and UK-based artists responding to the idea of an island. Echoing John Donne’s celebrated book No Man is an Island, the exhibition explores what it means to be an island and its multiple possibilities towards the future. The title of the exhibition also alludes to the idea that contemporary photography is not an island or an isolated medium, and the selected artists will showcase photography as part of a wider practice, pushing and redefining its boundaries through sculpture, performance, moving image and sound.
Dafna Talmor, From the Constructed Landscapes II Series, 2019
Courtesy of the Artist
This exhibition also celebrates 10 years since the seminal Photo50 show entitled The New Alchemists, curated by Rodrigo’s mentor and friend Sue Steward, who passed away in 2017. No Place Is An Island references Steward’s work and ideas, bringing them to the present by looking at how photographic art has evolved in the last decade.
The exhibition connects a generation of established and mid-career artists, with emerging practices working around the same interests and, in most cases, directly inspired by artists in the show. Curator Rodrigo Orratoria said: “The works in this show connect with the topical issues of our time, but also to a universal narrative, the journey to an idealised place. I’d like to start conversations about what it means to be an island, and how we construct it in our minds. No Place Is An Island talks about connectivity, about the fact nothing exists in isolation, it is merely a fiction, a fantasy.”
Several of the works in No Place is An Island focus on the theme of our relationship to landscape, and suggest new ways of understanding how we perceive and interact with our surroundings.
The exhibition will include works by 14 contemporary photographers including Esther Teichmann, Dafna Talmor, Martin Seeds, Tom Hunter and Sarah Pickering, each of whom bring a unique perspective to the exhibition’s subject matter and work in a variety of photographic formats and materials.