Remembrance and amnesia are prevailing themes in Israeli-born, London-based artist Ori Gersht’s (b. 1967) historically-charged landscape and still life photography. His practice of recording and erasure reveals an investigation, on both a physical and temporal level, into the obliteration of memory. The plasticity of the digital photographic medium is explored in Big Bang, which captures the detonation of floral arrangements modelled on still life paintings by Jan van Huysum and Théodore Fantin-Latour at a rate of 1,600 frames per second. Elsewhere, a bullet tears through a pomegranate – these violent moments are rendered beautiful in their frozen abstraction. The instance of traumatic rupture functions as a metaphor for mortality, and the unpredictable nature of conflict and revolution. The 2015 Prix Pictet-nominated artist has exhibited internationally, with his most recent series currently on show at Ben Brown Fine Arts, London. www.benbrownfinearts.com.
Pieter Hugo: This Must Be the Place
This book is an enthralling collection of portraits of Africa’s intense and sometimes tragic beauty, which showcases award-winning photographer, Hugo’s most important images to date.
Commercialism and Fine Art
In conversation with Aesthetica, Austria-born Clemens Ascher discusses his newest series, The Red Drink, which uses symbolism to critique advertising.