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Ffotogallery is the national development agency for photography in Wales and the premier arts organisation dedicated to the promotion and presentation of photographic art in the country. The gallery looks at photographic practice in the broadest sense, and initiates exhibitions which focus on documentary as well as more expansive uses of photography which may involve the use of projection, digital and other lens-based forms. Through its exhibition & publishing programme and educational outreach work, Ffotogallery consciously attempts to respond to issues which are pertinent to the culture of Wales. In parallel with this, Ffotogallery endeavours to bring photographic work to Wales which is at the forefront of contemporary critical debate, from Britain and around the world.
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Ken Griffiths - Quiet Heroes
- 8 March 2013 — 8 December 2014 *on now
In 2012, Ken Griffiths created Quiet Heroes, a series of portraits of people and places. The photographs celebrate individuals who make extraordinary contributions to their communities. There are heroes in every town and village.
As a nation the Welsh are known for a strong sense of local belonging. Wales has a sense of intimacy, as well as offering variety and uniqueness.
The mountains in the North, the cities and valleys of the South, the fishing communities of the West and the agricultural East all epitomise Wales and influence the sitters differently.
Quiet Heroes is a record of community life in Wales that will live on and continue long after the time when the people and possibly the world they live in have disappeared.
Quiet Heroes is presented by Rainy Day Films, hosted by Ffotogallery and supported by the Arts Council of Wales.
- Any age
Trine Søndergaard, Stasis
- 9 November 2013 — 25 January 2014 *on now
Stasis brings together works from three recent series by the Danish artist Trine Søndergaard exploring stillness and introspection. Interior, shot in several abandoned Danish manors, offers clear associations with 19th century Danish painting in the acute awareness and rendering of light. Strude began at a local museum on a small Danish island. Søndergaard was intrigued by the mask-like hoods on display called ‘strude’, traditionally worn by women to protect their faces against the elements.
The artist explores what happens when the meeting between the gaze of the subject and the viewer is deflected and denied. This mental space of seclusion is even more pronounced in Guldnakke, in which young women wear gold embroidered bonnets from the mid 1800s, popular among the wives of Denmark’s wealthy farmers. With the detail afforded by large formats, Søndergaard accentuates and unites the oppositional qualities of the soft skin of the girls’ napes and the hard metal threads of the embroidery.