Swiss Cottage Gallery
Minnie Weisz: Stories
Tuesday 6 December 2016 - Saturday 25 February 2017
A Photographic Journey weaves its way through King’s Cross prior to Regeneration,
a pathway guided by light and memory reveals Interior spaces from London to Croatia.
Starting at The Fish and Coal Building, re-imagining a past life for a forgotten space
to rooms at neighbouring Tenement flats, The Culross and The Stanley Buildings, and
further to Europe.
Stories brings together a group of pictures, whereby each photographed room is
witness to the shifting of time, to memories past and present; of space and
connection, family and home.
For Stories Weisz investigates the surroundings and social history of these sites,
which house the photographic process. Sometimes objects are assembled and arranged
in the space to author fictional memories of a building’s past, both real and imagined.
Some pictures have a more formal documentary approach to visual storytelling where
the interior architecture of a place is photographed.
Minnie Weisz mainly incorporates and adapts the Camera Obscura* method within her Photographic practice; by allowing light in through a small hole in a darkened room, a shard of light passing through the small opening reflects and projects an inverted image of the exterior landscape back onto the walls inside. The exterior landscape appears as a moving image and is upside down in the room. With rolls of black out paper to seal the windows and space in darkness, working with a medium format Hasselblad analogue camera, Weisz photographs the reflections immersing the interior space using long exposure times, from 1 - 4hours.
Technique aside, each picture opens up a conversation between exterior and Interior worlds, like a key, light unlocks a connection between inside and out, reflections seem to collide and merge, new spaces are opened up. The room is an eye, tracing memories and the passage of time. Each layer building up a story the viewer is invited to interpret in their own way.
*The term Camera Obscura derives from Latin meaning Dark Room, camera – room, obscura – dark. This method, has been interpreted through Photography, Painting, Science and Philosophy. From Plato’s Cave to Leonardo Da Vinci who turned rooms into light chambers to examine the physics of light. The evolution of this phenomenon was later adapted to a box-like contraption to aid the process of painting by Vermeer and in understanding Photography and how a camera works by experimenting with pinhole cameras and pinhole boxes.
Minnie Weisz is a Photographic artist and a Camden resident. Her studio is on Pancras
Road, King’s Cross. She studied MA Communication Art and Design at The Royal College
of Art (2003) and exhibited her pictures and films in the UK, Croatia, The Netherlands
and France. Her work is published by Lawrence King in Photography Portfolio by John
Ingeldew and Lorenz Gullaschen 2013; 100 Ideas that changed Photography by Mary Warner
Marien 2012; A-Z of Visual Ideas by John Ingeldew 2011.
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- Solo exhibitions by artists and arts organisations based and/or working in the borough area and beyond, reflecting the contemporary visual arts community of Camden and the visual art and design institutions in the borough
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Riso e Lágrima não tem sotaque / Laughter and Tears Have No Accent
de Barros, Cibelle Cavalli Bastos and Daniel Albuquerque
Monday 19 September - Saturday 26 November
This exhibition presents a reflection on physical and temporal distance, and the human essence.
As part of Camden Council’s annual arts programme, Camden Sentido, three Brazilian
artists were invited by PIVÔ, an art gallery in São Paulo, to take part in an inaugural
international exchange project. Swiss Cottage Gallery plays host to these international
artists while PIVÔ hosted Frieze Art Fair (based in Camden every October) during this
year’s São Paulo Biennale, all as part of Camden Sentido’s wider programme. All the
works here on display by Albuquerque, de Barros and Cavalli contemplate the body and
language, or the language of the body.
To coincide with the Para/Olympic Games and Sao Paulo Biennale, Camden Council's 2016 Annual Arts Programme is inspired by Brazil, textile of place and global / local thinking.
This programme is called Camden Sentido. Built around our senses and wellbeing, Camden Sentido embodies the street spirit of Brazil with the street spirit of Camden.
Open Open Exhibition 2016
1 August – 9 September 2016
6 June – 24 July 2016
Hidden stories and personal anecdotes often make the memory of an object. For this exhibition we are highlighting those of artist Jonathan Murphy around part of Camden’s Art Collection. Having looked after the collection for the last eight years, Murphy’s knowledge is vast — and his unique insight allows us to get a personal interpretation as he recalls the stories behind the artworks, which appear throughout the exhibition in pairs.
Tall TalesWomen artists’ playful exploration of the human experience.
Action Potential: Exploring the Neuron
Cue, Play, Pause: Artists respond to works from the London Borough of Camden’s Art Collection
Open Open 2015
ReStage by Dmitri Galitzine
Magical London inspired by Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London: “Regent's Canal” by Käthe Strenitz, date unknown, oil on board © the artist's estate
Another Utopia by Albert Potrony
Forty Years on Hampstead Heath
Coming Home: London Quilters Exhibition 2014
At Home: A Living Centenary 1914-2014
Open Open Exhibition 2014
Beyond Seizures: An Exhibition by people with epilepsy, scientists and artists
Another Way of ReadingAn Exhibition from the Zabludowicz Collection & Swiss Cottage Gallery in Partnership: “Dog with KFC bucket on head”, copyright courtesy of the artist
Past, Present, Future: Works from Camden's Art CollectionSwiss Cottage Gallery, by VJ VonArt copyright courtesy of the artist