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spacer A Short History of Performance Part II
18 - 23 November 2003
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spacer Franzwestite: Franz West - works 1973-2003
09 September - 09 November 2003
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spacer Philip-Lorca diCorcia: A Storybook Life
07 June - 24 August 2003
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spacer Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller: Recent Works
07 June - 24 August 2003
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21 March - 18 May 2003
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spacer Mies van der Rohe 1905 - 1938
10 December 2002 - 02 March 2003
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1901-1950
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 Introduction
 
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spacer Philip-Lorca diCorcia: A Storybook Life
07 June - 24 August 2003
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  One of America's leading photographers, Philip-Lorca diCorcia combines a documentary tradition with the fictional worlds of cinema and advertising to create a powerful link between reality, fantasy and desire. Alternating between the informality of the snapshot and the iconic quality of a staged composition, his play between real and artificial lighting, his eye for symbolic detail and his saturated colours give diCorcia's street scenes and domestic interiors a psychological and emotional intensity.

DiCorcia's works possess a reflective quality that goes against the grain of an image culture of instant consumption. Though immediately arresting, the real meaning of his images unfolds in time. The inner lives of his protagonists are intimated through gesture, glimpsed through doors left ajar or captured in one unguarded moment on a sidewalk. DiCorcia weaves these random moments into a complex narrative.

His quiet dramas find new expression in two series premiered in this exhibition. In the Upper Galleries, Two Hours comprises images photographed from one position in the same street in Havana, Cuba, over a two hour period. The city becomes a backdrop to the ebb and flow of humanity. Artificial lighting, triggered by the artist and hidden from view, invests the images with a sense of the dramatic that belies their spontaneity.

A Storybook Life is presented through over 70 works made over 20 years and edited and sequenced to suggest a network of interconnected lives and stories. The same protagonists re-appear at different stages of their lives. They rarely look at us or at each other - instead, they are absorbed in their own worlds of reflection.

Domestic interiors and urban and rural landscapes provide a resonant backdrop, cinematically charged with a sense of threat or longing. A white picket-fenced house is perched incongruously in a barren landscape. A lush garden appears in a jungle of concrete and steel. A jumble of unopened Christmas presents languish beneath a heavily decorated tree. Moving between urban and rural, private and public, moments of connection and of intense isolation, A Storybook Life offers an epic view of everyday existence.

This exhibition will tour to Centre National de la Photographie, Paris; Folkwang Museum, Essen and Centro de Arte Salamanc.


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