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Date: March 4, 2008 / 18:15-19:15


In association with Picturehouse ArtSpace , Paradise Row is pleased to present films by artists Kirk Palmer and duo Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin.

British artist Kirk Palmer, a graduate of the Royal College of Art, will show two films Hiroshima and Murmur. Palmer's practice encompasses photography, film and video and has, to date, focused on the nature of places and landscapes - especially their less tangible, evanescent aspects, such as their emotional and psychological character.

Both films operate in the boundary between still and moving image, employing a still, meditative pace to deeply engage the viewer. In Hiroshima, a collective social and psychological space is examined by the evocation of place and memory. In Murmur, we are  encouraged, through subtle and allusive devices, to consider the canon of photography and its relation to film.
 
South African photographers Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin have, over a decade of collaboration, developed a very singular photographic practice. Their work has been exhibited internationally; with solo shows at the Photographers Gallery in 2004, the Stedelijk Museum in 2006 and the John Hansard Gallery in 2007. The have produced five photographic books, including Chicago published in 2006 by SteidlMACK and FIG published in 2007 by Steidl and Photoworks.

The artists will show their film Mini Israel, a film that explores an automated scale model of Israel, originally built as a tourist attraction. Mini Israel offers an unnervingly deep, and at times darkly comic, insight into a vision of a utopian Israel - in stark contrast to the current global political climate. We are guided with acute observations through the model, as the miniature spectacle unfolds so to does the viewers uneasiness. The fallacy of an idealised nation-state is revealed.

After the films, noted writer and theorist on photography David Campany will host a discussion, relating the works of Palmer and Broomberg and Chanarin both to each other and to the relationship between still and moving image.