From the series ‘The Thousand Year Old Boy’ © Yvette Monahan
Photo50 is London Art Fair’s annual exhibition of contemporary photography, providing a critical form for examining some of the most distinctive elements of current photographic practice. 2017’s installment ‘Gravitas‘ presented a group exhibition of lens-based works, curated by Christiane Monarchi.
‘Ethan McMurdo as monk, St. Ronan’s games festival, Innerleithen, Scotland on 19th July 2014.’ © Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved
“‘Gravitas’ refers to one of the core personal virtues taken by ancient Roman society as an important part of the expression of a purposeful life, a facet of the ideal and well-rounded citizen. It denoted depth as well as a seriousness and solemnity of character. The presence of gravitas signalled the transition of the Roman youth from the ranks of boyhood to become a respected member of society.
Artistic representation of the interior world of children and adolescents as they enter the adult world is fraught with challenges: not least the existence of taboos regarding the portrayal of children in the media under the age of consent. However, at a time when childhood itself comes under increasing pressure from society in many real and virtual arenas, the path through adolescence constitutes a fascinating journey worth illuminating for both artistic and sociological discourse.”
– Christiane Monarchi explains the exhibition. More on Gravitas
‘Young Girl (iii)’ © Wendy McMurdo 2016
Photo50 2017 was kindly supported by Genesis Imaging