Mapping Absence, Confirming Presence – Artists’ Negotiations of Personal, Public and Domestic Space


Mapping Absence, Confirming Presence – Artists’ Negotiations of Personal, Public and Domestic Space.

Curated by Matthew Shaul

The major curatorial projects I have developed over the past five or so years have been almost exclusively ‘photographically’ led and, although I remain fascinated and primarily motivated by projects which are principally photographic, I am increasingly disinclined to describe myself solely as a photography curator. The Photographers’ Gallery, London, in its recent marketing material describes photography as ‘the most accessible medium in the world’ and it is hard to argue with the popular immediacy of historical documentary exhibitions like Andre Kertesz’s On Reading (Photographers’ Gallery, 2009). The more I have come to know and understand the work of contemporary photographers, however, the more I struggle with the definition of ‘fine art photography’.