London is an endlessly dynamic metropolis. In the last 30 years the city has developed into a centre for global finance, a cultural hub without parallel, as well as the site of a massive boom in property and architectural development. This major exhibition by London-based photographer and artist Diego Ferrari interprets a crucial era in the city’s startling transformation, focussing on the lives and work of artists who have come to dominate the global art market.
Taken with a self-made customised 35mm analogue camera, Ferrari’s innovative images supersede the limits of conventional photographs to become lyrical, interpretive narratives. Seemingly spontaneous yet meticulously composed, they anticipate the possibilities of digital image manipulation via programs such as Photoshop, presenting the viewer with discontinuous temporal and spatial arrangements.
At the heart of the exhibition is a personal documentation of the process of becoming an artist in a rapidly modernising city. Intimate portraits of major art world figures at the beginning of their careers –Sarah Lucas, Santiago Sierra, Gary Hume, Fiona Banner, Yinka Shonibare, Gavin Turk – are accompanied by images which chart key architectural transformations in British public art and cultural spaces. The exhibition is testament to a golden age of British art, criticism, literature and architecture, one which coincided with a period of liberal democracy and relative equality.
This solo show at Pigment Gallery in Barcelona, a leading commercial art space, presents the first major exhibition of this major body of work.