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Art & Photography Gallery Trip

Published on 12/02/19

Sixth Form A Level Art and Photography students visited three galleries in London on Thursday 7 February to carry out research for their next projects.

Beginning at the Royal Academy of Arts, students visited the Bill Viola and Michelangelo exhibition ‘Life Death Rebirth’. A journey through the ‘cycle of life’ was displayed through Bill Viola’s large and powerful video installations exhibited alongside rarely seen drawings and sculptures by Michelangelo.

A varied collection of contemporary work was displayed at the Saatchi Gallery in an exhibition called ‘Black Mirror’. Both Art and Photography students were exposed to a wide variety of themes and materials used in the exhibition.

The final visit was to the Photographers' Gallery where we were fortunate to view both Roman Vishniac ‘Rediscovered’ as well as ‘All I know is on the Internet’ exhibitions. Vishniac’s black and white documentary style images of Jewish life in Eastern Europe were taken between the two world wars and display exceptional use of camera angle and light.

The other exhibition ‘All I know is on the Internet’ caught the attention of the students through its interactive nature. Based on 21st century image culture, the exhibition raised questions about the systems in which images multiply online as well as ‘when do we really know if something is mechanical or real?’

Students were able to document images from the exhibitions that inspired them through taking photos or drawing sketches.