Jim Brogden’s photographs exhibited at the International Larroque Arts Festival in France
July 26th, 2017
A series of research-practice photographs entitled : A BREATHING SPACE, have been selected for an international exhibition on the theme of Borders/Boundaries at the Larroque Arts Festival 2017 in France. The preview is on the 28 July and the show runs throughout August 2017.
The photographs, taken by Dr Jim Brogden, Programme Leader in MA Film, Photography, and Media at the University of Leeds, show a selection from a much larger documentary project called: A Breathing Space, undertaken between the period 2009-16, located on the site of a redundant tuberculosis hospital, situated in West Yorkshire, UK. (The project’s title provides a play on words based on the original function of the site, whilst reminding the audience of what landscape is supposed to provide). The site itself is hidden from view, and is bordered/enclosed by a more conventional English rural landscape.
Brogden’s iterative photographic research-practice reveals the emergence (through seasonal representations) of natural re-colonisation, the re-wilding of prohibited institutional land, complete with idiosyncratic inscriptions. In this sense, the photographic series contests the notions attached to landscape access and valorisation, the politics of place, whilst also contributing to the current fascination with the aesthetics of the inconsequential.