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.
Christina Broom, Museum of London Docklands
The Museum of London Docklands presents Soldiers and Suffragettes: the Photography of Christina Broom, the first British female press photographer and an unsung master of her craft.
Review of Shirana Shahbazi
If photographs are traditionally meant to freeze specific moments in time that one can retrieve at a future date, Shirana Shahbazi’s exhibition at On Stellar Rays, New York, does just the opposite.