French artist Lauren Marsolier (b. 1972) – now based in Los Angeles – has developed a style that alleviates the world of specific details. Perceptual compositions alienate viewers through bright and equivocal landscapes, which are haunted by unidentifiable sources of lighting. Through this style of post-production and tonal minimalism, the featured locations are rendered simultaneously familiar and anonymous. Transition – Part 3, for example, is an ode to fictional spaces. Unending horizons and at blocks of colour evoke a limbo-like state: the audience cannot recognise a particular place. Devoid of noticeable characteristics and with empty skylines, the artist’s portfolio questions the role of our surroundings within the psyche. She has exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Phoenix Art Museum, and in 2013 was featured alongside Mitch Epstein, Robert Adams and Edward Burtynsky, amongst others, at Somerset House, London. www.laurenmarsolier.com.
PHotoEspaña 2016, Madrid
The 19th International Festival of Photography and Visual Arts PHotoEspaña takes place this summer. Following its opening at the beginning of June, PHotoEspaña continues to host a wealth of exhibitions across the city of Madrid.
Isaac Julien’s Looking for Langston (1989 / 2017) is a landmark film that explores the private world of poet, social activist and columnist Langston Hughes.