A name…We give names to people, things, thoughts, and emotions to identify, categorise and differentiate. The photographic combinations presented here are metaphors about that process. These images ask the viewer to re-evaluate the meanings signified by the persons, places, plants and animals and consider the synapses that connect them. I invite the viewer to seek visual correlations that create new emotional and psychological associations.
Visual groupings can function much like verbal language structure with images of nouns serving as subjects, verbs, objects, adjectives, and adverbs. The phrases here communicate complex ideas through pictorial means, rather than literal and linear methods. I am practising an ancient language with modern instruments while simultaneously echoing today’s postmodern emoji-driven semantics.
My work is concerned with photography’s ability to describe specific details and to suggest open-ended stories. In this group of photographs, a narrative is presented in each frame as well as between the various images. My goal with this body of work is to visually express the thoughts and emotions associated with struggle, loss, self-actualisation, and liberation.
When: 1pm Tuesday 7 May
Where: Festival Hub, Paddington Town Hall
Eric Weeks is a photography and video artist, a curator, and Chair of the Photography Department at the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design. His work has been exhibited internationally and is in many permanent public collections. His photography is represented by Galerie Catherine et André Hug in Paris. His monograph World Was in the Face of the Beloved was published by Pablo’s Birthday (New York). Weeks was recently the Exhibition Director of the 2016 Jeonju International Photography Festival in South Korea.
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