Natural Artifice: Architecture, Photography and the Construction of Reality

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Natural artifice 2018

Who this event is for

  • Everyone


Abercrombie Building, The Glass Tank, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site


Natural Artifice is a group exhibition which shows work by contemporary artists who explore photography’s subversive capacity to influence and question the construction of reality. The exhibition opens in the Glass Tank on Monday 22 January and runs until Friday 23 February.

Natural Artifice Layout

Natural Artifice Exhibition View 1

Natural Artifice aims to explore the truth hidden within illusions and visual deceit. It’s about the simultaneously absurd and indispensable reliance on a consistent and trustworthy image of reality; as photography has become the most popular and reliable vehicle through which we learn. This exhibition means to question photography and its ability to construct reality, experiences and space.

Ten practitioners will be contributing their ideas about the impact between photographic deceit and reality. Together, they will show the current state of representational practices.

Natural Artifice Exhibition View 2

Natural Artifice asks what it means when photography remains the primary channel through which we learn about and disseminate our experiences and aspirations for material reality. Natural Artifice will be exploring the expectations of photography as a source of reputable knowledge despite decades of criticism directed towards the recognised assumptions of photography’s veracity and objectivity.

Natural Artifice Exhibition View 3

As seen above, Natural Artifice produced a beautiful screen printed pamphlet for the exhibition. To view the essay 'Although this page does not exist', please click here

Entreentre is supported by the Dreyer Foundation, the Danish Arts Foundation and the Danish National Bank Jubilee Foundation.

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To view a full gallery of this exhibition, please click here

Natural Artifice Exhibition View 4

Natural Artifice Exhibition View 5