Exhibitions

Adriana Groisman
Voices of the South Atlantic

March - August 2012

London, Wales and Plymouth

Past touring exhibition

Voices of the South Atlantic is a partnership project between Ffotogallery, Autograph ABP, Peninsula Arts and Photofusion, with a series of linked exhibitions and events hosted in London, Wales and Plymouth.

Timed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Falklands / Malvinas war, Voices of the South Atlantic examines issues of war and its consequences. Rooted in the 1982 Falklands / Malvinas conflict, it includes the voices of people who fought on both sides, as well as civilians who were directly affected. Colour photographs of landscapes of the islands and black and white seascapes of the South Atlantic, act as visual metaphors that allude to feelings of menace, courage and fear, at the same time showing physical traces of war.

Through juxtaposing photographs of scarred landscapes with testimonies from British and Argentine veterans and Falkland Islanders, a dialogue is established between the time needed for the terrain to heal and the period the men themselves need to recover.

About the project

Through juxtaposing photographs of scarred landscapes with testimonies from British and Argentine veterans and Falkland Islanders, a dialogue is established between the time needed for the terrain to heal and the period the men themselves need to recover.

Aesthetica Magazine

At its core, it is a journey towards reconciliation, replacing the bravery of battle with the courage of compassion and forgiveness

Adriana Groisman

In a venue famed for its images of conflicts, Groisman’s work presented an unexpected calm – rolling waves in black & white; stark island landscapes in grey hues tinged with colour. But rather than see beauty in the images, it is the scars within the landscapes she urged the audience to understand.

Rosie Scammell, The Frontline Club

tears welled in my eyes...an emotional response is a sign of a work that has proved its worth, it had touched me and I recognised its importance.

Penny Davies, exhibition visitor

In partnership with

Ffotogallery

Established in 1978, Ffotogallery is the national development agency for photography and lens-based media in Wales.

Photofusion

Originally founded as the Photo Co-op in 1979 in Wandsworth, South London, Photofusion has metamorphosed from a small collective of documentary photographers to becoming London’s largest independent photography resource centre

Peninsula Arts, University of Plymouth

Peninsula Arts operates from within the Faculty of Arts and serves as the arts and culture public programming organisation for Plymouth University. The year-round programme includes exhibitions, music, film, public lectures, and theatre and dance/ performance.

Credits

Curated by

Mark Sealy

Mark Sealy MBE is the Director of Autograph ABP. He is currently a PhD candidate at Durham University, his research focuses on photography and cultural violence.

Venues

Peninsula Arts Gallery, University of Plymouth
14 July - 24 August 2012

Ffotogallery, Cardiff
19 May - 30 June 2012

Photofusion, London
30 March - 23 May 2012

  • Adriana Groisman, Stanley, East Falkland, 2006
  • Voices of the South Atlantic newspaper, published by Autograph ABP