'REFLECT THE TRUTH': photography exhibition from The University of Westminster
Exhibition / 11 Nov 2016 / Allan Parker

Time: 11-18 Nov 2016

Key dates:

  • 18.30-21.00 11 Nov 2016 Launch Party.
  • 18.30-19.30 Tuesday 15 Nov 2016 Talk and discussion chaired by Dr. Lucy Soutter. 

Like any kind of translation, the process of photography may produce an objective or subjective equivalent of what was experienced in the world--it may "reflect the truth"-- and it will usually reveal a margin of untranslatability.

 --Lucy Soutter (2016)

This exhibition of still and moving image brings together Chinese graduates from The University of Westminster’s MA Photographic Studies (Photography Arts) with some of their invited colleagues. The exhibition takes its title from the The Chinese characters 写 (Reflect) and 真 (Truth) which are commonly used to represent ‘photography’.

Students of photography are commonly engaged in debates around the relationships between the image and its real world sources - questioning the extent to which the photograph can reflect the nature of the world it depicts and how it operates as an artistic medium. Here, documentary tendencies collide with fiction, allegory and metaphor. The research process required to create such artworks provides the space to look for commonalities and divergences and to turn them into something we can point at, something we can recognize.

Exposure to differing viewpoints and experiences enlarges our world and unquestionably affects the outcome of the work of artists and photographers. Periods of study and work abroad are opportunities to see our own origins from a distance and to gain new perspectives. This exhibition allows us to observe the juxtaposition and intermingling of various cultural discourses. These thoughtful photographic projects provide an insight into the world as experienced through multiple perspectives.

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