Kirk Palmer | Hiroshima

23 June - 22 July 2007

Private view:  Friday 22 June 2007, 6 - 8pm

 

 

I see old people walking happily down the street. Young people holding hands and enjoying each other's conversation. Children holding their parents' hands and looking happy. And I think about those awful scenes that I experienced many years ago now and all the people that lost their lives... I think to myself, 'What was all that? Did it really happen?

 

A-bomb survivor interviewed in the BBC dramatized-documentary Hiroshima articulating her response to living in present day Hiroshima.

 

 

Paradise Row presents Hiroshima, the first solo show of British artist Kirk Palmer. A recent graduate of the Royal College of Art, 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.

 

In his new film, Hiroshima, Palmer presents an extended filmic study of the landscape of the city, which is seen as a thriving and verdant place, the very antithesis of the images of the destruction caused by the atomic bomb strike of 6th August 1945 that still dominate perceptions of the city. Presented not as a critique but a subject for consideration, the film is structured entirely from static shots that take in the broad topography of the city, limiting its scope to the city delta and surrounding foothills - the areas devastated by the bomb. In spirit with the film's composition is its pace. The slowness and stillness of the film is designed to elicit a more active mode of engagement from the viewer, who is invited to consider each scene for longer than a natural gaze and so come to an understanding through time.