Next month sees SPACE INVADERS at Jubilee Library, Brighton, a photographic exhibition of people in space and place, how we both react our built environment and are shaped by it, and how we adapt it and reappropriate it.
I was delighted to be asked by architectural photographer, Jim Stephenson, to be part of this in the curation process, with Paul Zara from Conran&Partners. and thanks due to RIBA Sussex for supporting the exhibition.
Images selected are those from Jim and a cohort of others. Launch night is 10th June and the exhibition runs 13th to 26th. You'll see the images in the windows of the library, and inside.
SPACE INVADERS is an exploration of the inter-relation between the human and the built, both equal actors in the lived experience and in a symbiotic relation where the one is re-worked by the other in continuous loop. It is a celebration of who we are and where we are, space and place as a a stage to our lives, a theatre of our performed selves.
Through the eye of the photographer we are privy here to moments of reflection and repose; to intimate rites of life; to play and action; to rebellion and subversion.
We see the human form in miniscule scale to the infrastructure that enables living, weaving our life around its imposing structures. Conversely, we see the mark of the human personality against that seeming impermeable structured form that seeks to determine us, our vernacular articulations of the intimate self.
SPACE INVADERS is a deliberate act of the inclusion of the human and the stuff of human life in the architectural photography genre. Through its diptych pairings of images from Jim Stephenson and curated guest photographers, the images as a collection both celebrate architecture and the life that occurs in and around it and that in turn, changes it.
SPACE INVADERS is curated by Paul Zara, architect and director, Conran & Partners, Cara Courage placemaking practitioner and researcher, and architectural photographer and film maker Jim Stephenson. It is supported by RIBA Sussex Branch.