Open Eye Gallery presents Precious Commodities by Mishka Henner.
Born in Brussels in 1976, Manchester-based Mishka Henner’s images derive from a multitude of sources – the Internet, satellite imagery and television, as well as the precious canon of photography. Henner’s recent works have stirred riotous debate within the photography community, calling to question traditional modes of production and authorship in today’s media saturated world.
Recently shortlisted as one of the four photographers for the prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013, Henner’s exhibition in the main galleries at Open Eye presents brand new work never exhibited before from his series Levelland Oil Field and Feedlots (2012-2013). For these works Henner has used Google Earth to capture meticulously detailed aerial photographs of oilfields in the Texas landscape, and the immense business of cattle farming, seamlessly compositing multiple images together to create ultra-high definition images which are printed large format.
The exhibition also presents Henner’s controversial new work Less Américains, 2012, in which Henner has erased the faces from the portraits of Robert Frank’s highly influential book Les Américains from 1958 (considered by many to be a ‘masterpiece’ of American photography). Less Américains is shown alongside a number of other works which investigate the photo book as a form, such as Photography Is (2010) which takes a live feed from Twitter every time the words “photography is” are used.
Venue: Open Eye Gallery, Open Eye Gallery, 19 Mann Island, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool, L3 1BP
Open: 2nd March - 5th May 2013
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