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- Idris Khan, Photographer...
- 27.05.2010 - 27.05.2010
- Neville Hall - Newcastle upon Tyne
- Lectures and Talks
North East Photography Network:
> Idris Khan will be talking about his recent work on Thursday 27th May at 7pm in the Mining
> Institute, Neville Hall, Newcastle. This will set the context for his new commission with the
> North East Photography Network in collaboration with Locus+ (www.locusplus.org.uk)
> All welcome, but please book your place in advance.
> Idris lives and works in London. He had a major solo exhibition at K20, Düsseldorf in 2008
> and has also exhibited at Art Dubai (2008), Forum d'art contemporain, Luxembourg (2008),
> inIVA, London (2006), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2006) and Helsinki Kunsthalle
> (2005). He is represented by Victoria Miro gallery.
> "Employing seminal texts, musical scores and paintings as well as key works from the
> photographic oeuvre, Idris Khan transforms the cool art of appropriation into a meditation
> about authorship and time. To create his works, Khan often photographs a variety of material
> - sometimes borrowed, sometimes of his own creation - in series and digitally layers the
> results, accentuating certain areas or adjusting the light, shade or opacity of the images so
> that resonant composites are created. The results spark new thoughts about the original
> content, or open up seams of interpretation" (www.victoria-miro.com/)
In the centre of this "City of Palaces", indeed at the core of the region's industrial heritage, stands the elegant gothic building of Neville Hall, a Grade II* listed building and home of the North of England Mining Institute.
It was designed and built at the height of the Gothic Revival. The architect A. M. Dunn's distinguished creation combined Gothic design with Tyneside Classical Romanesque. It is an adventurous manifestation of the mingling of secular design with traditional ecclesiastical architecture.
This synthesis invests the building with a dignified scholastic quality: in keeping with the philanthropic and educational purposes of the Institute. It houses the Nicholas Wood Memorial Library.
The exuberant space of its interior is lit by a high arched sky light ceiling and stained glass windows. Its open ample perspective provides the very antithesis of the working conditions to which its readers were better accustomed, deep below the earth.
The Mining Institute is at home in a city which houses the best of nineteenth century architecture. It contains the hidden reserve of the culture of the North East, the documentary history of coal mining.
Neville Hall is available to hire
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