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f&d cartier – Wait and See exhibition
31 January, 2014 - 14 March, 2014Free
The University of Hertfordshire Galleries are delighted to present, Wait and See; A Retrospective, by Swiss Artists f&d cartier.
Many believe photography deals exclusively with the reproduction of objects and images but, as cultural theorist John Berger tells us, “its primary raw materials are light and time.” and it is from an acute awareness of the fundamental relationship between light, time and space that this fascinating exhibition unfolds.
From the mid 1990s onwards, Francoise and Daniel Cartier merged their individual fine art and photography practices embarking on a new artistic trajectory that continues today. Examining the indispensable prerequisites for analogue photography: light and photosensitive paper, they make camera-less woks incorporating found objects, which explore the relationship between light, colour tonality, form and duration.
Although deeply informed by the history of photography, their practice is resolutely experimental and contemporary, adopting an approach, which takes its cues from both minimalism and abstraction. Their interest lies not in the medium’s ability to affectively reproduce an image but rather its role in enabling us to visualise the affective dimensions of time.
Whether through the manipulation of modern technique or from an investigation of the very basics of the process of picture-making in photography their work manages to capture something of the fragile and unstable nature of life itself, of its traces and evidences.
Wait and See is produced in collaboration with Ffotogallery, Cardiff supported by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Cultural Fund in Britain and Swisslos Culture Canton de Berne.