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Subterrania

Fiona Crisp

20th Nov - 24th Jan 2010

Subterrania, a solo exhibition of large scale photographic works by British artist Fiona Crisp, invites the viewer to explore underground worlds. Two new works made in Yorkshire, specially commissioned by Impressions Gallery, will be unveiled for the first time in Bradford.

Crisp’s compelling images are selected from several series of works developed over the last eight years. They were made at various European locations, including Early Christian catacombs in Rome, a lead mining museum in County Durham, a Second World War underground hospital in Guernsey and Geevor, a tin mine in West Cornwall. The exhibition includes two new works made at Boulby, on the North Yorkshire / Cleveland coast. They have been created at a working potash mine that also houses a laboratory dedicated to the search for dark matter, an invisible and elusive substance believed by astronomers to hold galaxies together.

The disparate locations for these images were chosen by Crisp both for the sense of physical power they evoke, and the fact that they their original purpose has changed. Now opened up to very different users, they bring into question the complex relationships between heritage and tourism, science and history. Crisp is known for making large-scale photographic installations that explore the relationship between photography and architectural space. One of the central themes in her work is the gap between physical experience and visual perception: between encountering a space and the subsequent visualisation of that scene.

Showing as part of Underground, a season exploring subterranean experiences in the cultural imagination through exhibitions, talks and events.

Subterrania is a Newlyn Art Gallery touring exhibition.

Exhibition resources

Click here to download an information sheet about the exhibition (pdf 448kb)
Click here to download a large print information sheet (pdf 448kb)

What the papers say

Guardian Guide (pdf 436kb)
Guardian Guide (pdf 456kb)

Practical Photographer (984kb)

Pump Lodge 2009 © Fiona Crisp

Pump Lodge 2009 © Fiona Crisp

Fiona Crisp

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Pump Lodge 2009 © Fiona Crisp #3 Safe Haven, 2009 © Fiona Crisp

Comments

Happily left asking myself, What’s at the end of every tunnel or around the next corner.

exhibitions visitor

It would be much easier to follow, if the photos were numbered to, correspond with the ’title of work’. Difficult to follow. Wonderful work though.

exhibitions visitor

I loved this exhibition. The subject matter was wonderful and inspired all kinds of thoughts and ideas. The scale is perfect. I felt I could walk straight into the images. Lighting, focus etc = perfect.
I’m a photography student, and would give anything to produce something like this. Thanks for sharing it.

Exhibitions Visitor

Very clever photographer. The lighting is wonderful. Great to have a sheet giving the titles, the blank wall adds to the photography - you concentrate on the work. She has got amazing depth to her photos.

Exhibitions Visitor

Powerful and interesting photographs, some particularty beautiful in a sick way. Unfortunatetly the layout was confusing and inconsistant so without a map it was impossible to know what I was enjoying or even looking at. To help understand the connections ( Art / Heritage /History /Tourism etc ) It would have been helpful to know what was what and what things had been. Inconsistances in hanging and frame style were distracting and it was difficult to see why some had been hung together overall, the work is beautiful, but alot of the point and power was lost

Exhibitions Visitor

There was a map ! Just follow the numberings ! Very powerful and strangely beautiful- Thank you

Exhibitions Visitor

Moving and powerful at the same time really enjoying this show

Exhibitions Visitor

A great insight into a subterranean world. An excellent start in 2010 for viewing exhibitions, This beats alot I have visited recently. The size and qualitiy of the prints work well in such a space.

Exhibitions Visitor

I like the composition and the lighting, the way the photographs were taken you feel as if you could literally step or fall into some of them. Amazing ( especially if you stand up close, about two foot away ) I love them. The pictures are so interesting the textures, the perspective, very atmospheric. The simple framing and large scale really works ! I love the detail and lighting and how the photos seem to ’draw you in’...I’m going to tell a friend.

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