Moments of Reprieve

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© David Birkin, Courtesy of Paradise Row David Birkin, 'Revisited', 2006

Installed in David Roberts's former gallery on Great Titchfield Street, this group show features abandoned buildings, ghostly figures, monochrome hues and melancholic landscapes. Even without knowing the exhibition's binding theme, it's clear that this selection of photographic works is concerned with articulating feelings of loss.

An eerie image of a deserted public swimming pool was taken within the no-go site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Shot by YBA twins Jane and Louise Wilson earlier this year, 'Atomgrad (Nature Abhors a Vacuum) #4' speaks clearly of wasted lives and a community that has long been absent. The work of fellow artist partnership Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin also delivers a charge. 'The Day Nobody Died III' – an elongated, abstract image in which shattered shards of red bleed into sky blue – was made during a visit to Afghanistan in 2008. The immediate association made is that of a blast from a bomb, but the image is actually a section of photographic paper exposed directly to the sun.

Elsewhere, Taryn Simon shoots the scene of a crime – a humble suburban residence; Ori Gersht takes dream-like photos of places that don't appear on maps; and Idris Khan digitally layers images of authors with their text. Despite the fact that most of these images are plucked from larger bodies of work, they are effective together at side-stepping a literal depiction of loss, creating instead a quiet arrangement of emotionally charged, staged and manipulated moments.


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This is an excellent exhibition, highly recommended. Very interesting. ..and very easy to get to as it is just off Oxford Circus in the centre of London.