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Martin Parr 馬丁.帕爾


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。



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。