TIME’S RELENTLESS MELT, LIKE RAIN THROUGH KARST
KATAYOUN JAVAN – RUDI WILLIAMS – WIL POLSON
CURATED BY MICHELLE MOUNTAIN
“The shadow past is shaped by everything that never happened. Invisible, it melts the present like rain through karst”. – Anne Michaels, Fugitive Pieces
“Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt”. – Susan Sontag, On Photography
Photography as an artefact of time is moulded by the presence of history and the absence of what never came to pass, complicated by the obscurity of memory and perception. This exhibition considers the ubiquitous melt flowing beyond the edges of the frame, eroding and shaping the landscape of recollection. Katayoun Javan explores a personal journey between past and present Iran through the juxtaposition of objects and old and new photographs. Rudi Williams challenges history and the institution through liminal reflections and anomalies that confront the viewer’s logic of memory and space, and Wil Polson meticulously documents his mother’s garden subverting the lines between family album, memoir and scientific catalogue.