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Deeply poetic photos focus on the nexus of ‘chronicle and fiction’

By Kenneth Dickerman, Vanessa Winship

June 6, 2018 at 6:00 AM

Untitled from the series “Black Sea: Between Chronicle and Fiction,” 2002-2006. (Vanessa Winship/)
Untitled from the series “Black Sea: Between Chronicle and Fiction,” 2002-2006. (Vanessa Winship/)

On June 22, the Barbican Art Gallery in London will open the first major solo exhibition of British photographer Vanessa Winship’s work. The show will present over 150 photographs and will also include unseen archival materials. According to a statement by the Barbican, Winship’s work “focuses on the junction between ‘chronicle and fiction, exploring ideas around concepts of borders, land, memory, desire, identity and history.’ ”

Photos on display include works from her acclaimed series “Imagined States and Desires: A Balkan Journey” (1999-2003), “Black Sea: Between Chronicle and Fiction” (2002-2006), “Sweet Nothings” (2007), “Georgia: Seeds Carried by the Wind” (2008-2010), “Humber” (2010) and “She Dances on Jackson” (2011-2012).  In addition, Winship has started an ongoing project called “And Time Folds” (2014-ongoing), which will also be on display.

While Winship’s work has primarily focused on Eastern Europe, she has also produced notable works in the United States. In 2011, she was the first woman to be awarded the Henri Cartier-Bresson Award, allowing her to travel across the United States taking photographs. The result of the journey culminated in the acclaimed book, “She Dances on Jackson.”

In a statement provided to the Barbican, Winship says of her upcoming exhibition, “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to be able to show what I’ve been doing these last years to an audience in my home country; to introduce older works, but also to have the possibility, for the first time, to reveal something of the new.”

The exhibition will run from June 22 to Sept. 2. Here are some images that will be on display:

Untitled from the series “Black Sea: Between Chronicle and Fiction,” 2002-2006. (Vanessa Winship/)
Untitled from the series “Sweet Nothings: School Girls of Eastern Anatolia,” 2007. (Vanessa Winship/)
Untitled from the series “Imagined States and Desires: A Balkan Journey,” 1999-2003. (Vanessa Winship/)
Untitled from the series “She Dances on Jackson,” 2011-2012. (Vanessa Winship/)
Untitled from the series “She Dances on Jackson,” 2011-2012. (Vanessa Winship/)
Untitled from the series “She Dances on Jackson,” 2011-2012. (Vanessa Winship/)

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Kenneth Dickerman is a photo editor. He previously worked as a photo editor at MSN in Seattle and TIME in New York City. Before that, he worked as a freelance photographer specializing in politics and conflict and his work appeared in The New York Times, TIME and US News & World Report among other publications.

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In Sight | Perspective

Deeply poetic photos focus on the nexus of ‘chronicle and fiction’

By Kenneth Dickerman, Vanessa Winship

June 6, 2018 at 6:00 AM

Untitled from the series “Black Sea: Between Chronicle and Fiction,” 2002-2006. (Vanessa Winship/)
Untitled from the series “Black Sea: Between Chronicle and Fiction,” 2002-2006. (Vanessa Winship/)

On June 22, the Barbican Art Gallery in London will open the first major solo exhibition of British photographer Vanessa Winship’s work. The show will present over 150 photographs and will also include unseen archival materials. According to a statement by the Barbican, Winship’s work “focuses on the junction between ‘chronicle and fiction, exploring ideas around concepts of borders, land, memory, desire, identity and history.’ ”

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