To work on our curating skills, in a group of six we created a virtual exhibition. We divided tasks among ourselves, based on our varying individual skills. To start with, as a group we decided on the basic idea for our exhibition which was portraiture. This developed into portraits of cancer patients – showing their stories, how they have come out the other side of the disease and how it is or has affected them.
We then worked on selecting the photographers whose work would be shown there. We did this carefully, to ensure that the correct message was being portrayed in the exhibition. Each member of our group chose a different photographer and worked on writing a small paragraph about them.
Angelo Merindino’s work portrays his wife Jennifer’s daily battle with Cancer in its purest and simplest form. Through his images he tells a story humanizing cancer to a face and person; his wife. He explains that “these photos do not define ‘us’, but they are ‘us’.
Brent Stirton is a documentary Photographer from South Africa whose work has been published by by many places including National Geographic Magazine, Time, New York Times Magazine and more. He was elected Young Global Leader in 2008 and has received many awards including for his help for the work of HIV/ AIDS.
A year ago he started working on an ongoing project, shooting portraits of men with breast cancer with the aim to promote breast cancer awareness. He particularly wanted to highlight breast cancer in males as this is something that is often over looked.
Christine began studying photography after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000. She created a series of portraits of women with breast cancer and included her own self portraits. The series of work entitled “i Of The Beholder”. Photographs from the series have won several awards, been published in magazines and have been shown in various locations in New York, Connecticut, California and Peru.
‘If only for a second’ involves 20 cancer patients, who were invited for a hair and makeup session by the charity, Mimi Foundation.
Little did they know, photographer Vincent Dixon was hiding behind the mirror, with his camera at the ready to photograph the moment where they completely forgot they had cancer. The participants were fitted with outlandish wigs, and were told to keep their eyes shut through the whole process. They sat in front of a one-way mirror, waiting, until they were told to open their eyes. The moment is magic.
Now that we knew what we wanted to be in the exhibition. We began researching the correct setting. The “Glass Pyramid sculpture” situated in the courtyard of the famous Louvre Museum holds many names; The Louvre, Carrousel De Louvre and Pei
Pyramids. With its spectacular form and shape we believe that it would be
the best place to present our exhibition.
Beneath the ground is the Shopping Centre known as the Carrousel De
Louvre; this is where our exhibition will be held because based on the glass
tiled pyramid above ground there is a constant natural stream of light
throughout the day. When walking around the Louvre people tend to come
close to the stone pyramid inside which therefore gives us a great exhibition
space as if we set up mounting boards on each side of the pyramid it will
keep to the same geometric shape as the Louvre while allowing us to display
the work of our artists in a very simple but aesthetically pleasing way.
- Busy Place
- Varied Audience
- The shopping mall environment will have more effect on people
Alistair Thian took images of Royal Marines straight after a hard work out. These images were printed at 5 meters high to show the detail of pain in their faces. These images were presented outside the national war museum in London. We decided to print our images big like Thains, to create a bigger effect on the audience.
Overview of layout.
- Images displayed on giant light
boxes – Back and front
- Images 4 meters high
- Mirrors in-between light boxes (same size as images) to have immediate effect on viewers – to allow them awareness of their own health.
- Light boxes around glass pyramid