Reality Check

Recent Developments in British Photography and Video

Reality Check brings together 16 contemporary British photographers and film/video makers in an exhibition which explores the camera’s capacity to transform real experience (whether through re-enactment and visual replay or through close observation and obsessive documentation) into the realm of the poetic.

Kate Bush’s essay explores the notion of ‘reality check’ (that self-conscious moment of taking stock) in relation to the artists included in the exhibition, focussing on themes of the dislocated subject, painting the everyday, fabulous realism and politics personified. Brett Rogers and Alex Farquharson contribute critical texts on each of the 16 participating artists. The exhibition and catalogue have been produced by The British Council in association with The Photographers’ Gallery London.

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