Our first Welsh study visit this year will be on Friday 28 February to Ffotogallery in Penarth for two solo exhibitions by Paul Gaffney and Michal Iwanowski. Both artists make work of an exploratory nature, during long and physically demanding walks far from the comforts of home to reflect on ideas of landscape, meditation and memory.
Walking is a hugely popular recreational activity in the UK as well as an important mode of transport and as such has spawned a huge ‘journey of discovery’ literature from Laurie Lee and Simon Armitage to the eponymous Cheryl Strayed.
The history of photography is however more closely associated with the car and the ‘road trip’, so this study presents an opportunity to take a different perspective. Paul Gaffney’s We Make the Path by Walking considers the notion of long distance walking as a form of meditation and personal transformation, while Michal Iwanowski’s work Clear of People retraces an epic journey his grandfather and great uncle made in 1945 after escaping from a prisoner-of-war camp in Russia, and in extreme hardship walked 2000 km to Poland in search of their family.
This study visit will be led by Photography Curriculum Leader Jesse Alexander with support from new tutor Helen Warburton who also works at Ffotograllery. Places are free for OCA students, to book a place please email firstname.lastname@example.org