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Martin Parr 馬丁.帕爾

攝影作品展覽

2020 June 27 - July 27

     The Art Space by THE STUDIO is pleased to present “Martin Parr”, a solo exhibition of the renowned British photographer. In collaboration with Hong Kong-based art consultant initiative WANGSIM, the project pays homage to the artist’s oeuvre blending social satires with the kaleidoscope of modern life.

     The presentation features two of the most outstanding series of the artist, Bored Couples, and Common Sense created in the 1990s. In Bored Couples, Parr examined a random sample of relationships in his project. Often depicting a sense of disconnection, vacant eyes, and silence after dinner between the woman and the man, Parr pinpoints boredom and monogamy, the two ideas ingrained like memories in our collective consciousness. At the main time, the viewers also are given the opportunity to explore the veracity of the caption – is the boredom staged for the sake of art? Or is the stagnant relationship fully exposed and processed by the pictures? Often intending to “create friction out of photographs”, the artist sheds light on human interactions of many kinds and the audience of the exhibition bounds to view the series with a fresh perspective when momentarily, lives both inside and outside of the frame shriek to a full stop this year. Common Sense is a 350-colored-photograph portfolio documenting global consumerism in tight closeup and lurid colors. With visuals ranging from tacky clothes to souvenir-Esque founds, the project witnessed the peak of the western’s consumer culture, and has become much more relatable for the Asian audience as the economy grows in a dramatically rapid speed on the continent and the culture turns largely global. Those historical pictures not only marked the starting point of Parr’s successful career, but they also initiated Parr’s long term philosophies of making pictures: “The first priority of making pictures is to take a photo that is entertaining and good to look at, and also to relate to people’s lives. … There is a serious strand running through the work, but I don’t want to thrust it down people’s throat.” More than 40 years later, in the unusual year of 2020, when traveling is limited to close to none and emotions are embraced in full solidarity, the theory of Sontag was once again put to test and proved gold – through Parr’s lurid colored photos, we feel the tropical sands that once between our toes and the gentle sways of the boat against the blue ocean tides, and we are more than certain that the lightness of life and the gregariousness inside the humanity carry on.

The Art Space by THE STUDIO 很榮幸與 WANGSIM 合作展出英國攝影藝術家 Martin Parr 個展,此展為藝術家首次在台灣展出,呈現藝術家最具代表性的兩組系列作品:Bored Couples「無聊夫婦」和Common Sense「常識」,透過藝術家怪誕詭譎的視角觀察我們再熟悉不過的日常。

兩組作品均創作於90年代,以常人生活片段與靜物為主題,在英國與歐洲廣泛取景。「無聊夫婦」系列是一個長期關注人類社交關係的攝影項目,展現隨機的男女二人沉默、無聊的「失聯」狀態,關注人類集體意識中無法抹去的兩個概念:一夫一妻制度下的兩性關係以及乏味的精神狀態。同時觀者也被賦予機會去探索這一主題的真實性:特定夫婦是否是為了鏡頭而看似無趣?又或是停滯不前的兩性關係是果真無聊?帕爾通過他所說的「由攝影創作故事」的概念為我們展現了人類社交互動的不同面與可能性。而今年在牆上作品與牆外生活均停滯不前的情況下,觀者在欣賞「無聊夫婦」系列時更會有與前人不同的特殊體驗。

「常識」為一個可隨意組合的、由350張彩色攝影作品所組成的大型攝影系列,350張作品於2000年被倫敦泰特現代美術館永久收藏。藝術家刻意選擇絢麗、庸俗的顏色,以極近景模式拍攝遊客豔俗的服裝、旅遊紀念品、歐洲各地特色物品,不但具有娛樂性,更記錄了西方消費主義發展的歷程。在亞洲經濟迅速發展、消費主義廣泛全球化的此時,這一系列作品對於亞洲觀眾有了更高的相關性。這兩組具有高歷史性、收藏性的攝影作品不但開啟了帕爾成功的職業生涯,更驗證了他長期的攝影精神:「拍攝作品的第一要務是使作品有趣、好看,並且作品必須是關乎人們生活的……每一張作品中都有嚴肅的意義,但是我不想把那些意義填鴨式的餵進你的喉嚨。」

2020 這特殊的一年快要過半,我們見證了許多英雄奇跡,又看到太多苦難悲哀。然而對於大部分人來說,最大的變化是曾經熱鬧喧囂、五光十色又或是普普通通、朝九晚六的生活一度戛然而止:我們居家不出,少了與朋友的聚會,停了行萬里路的旅程,曾近在咫尺的世界突然變得很遙遠。1977年出版的經典評論書籍《論攝影》中美國著名評論家、作家蘇珊.桑塔格(Susan Sontag)曾經說:「收集攝影即為收集整個世界。」不曾想到近半個世紀之後,我們將用自己的切身經驗來真正理解這一理論。在世界各地的美術館、畫廊以及藝術中心經歷了可能是歷史上最長的閉館期後,英國、中國、法國等地的藝術機構紛紛重新開放,而藝術家的創作與相關展覽也對全球近期的形勢做出了回應。帕爾的兩個攝影系列無疑在當下的視角上呈現了全新的意義,觀者們流覽他的影像,直接的回憶起曾經出遊時繽紛的海灘、搖曳的航船、燦爛的陽光,也更直接的體會了藝術家眼中那乏味的無奈、那寂寥中無人問津的情感宣洩。然後反思片刻,我們都將明白群居的人類不可能被永久的禁錮,思想的傳承與修正、情感的交互和生命中的愉悅才會將永久延續。

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