The Exhibition, curated by Liat Chen, In Absentia Lucis (meaning ‘in absence of light’) is full of sumptuous and often melancholic imagery, photographs are complex and have the colour palette and almost sickly at times nature of old still lives with fruits and flies.
Surys’ unique take on fashion photography has truly established her as one-to-watch. Artworks from her collection, plus brand new pieces will be on display which is a real treat for anyone that follows fashion photography, Sury herself or even just has an interest in brilliantly executed work.
This is her first solo London show so make sure you can be able to say you saw it.
Surys’ approaches each shot as an auteur, using analogue camera equipment to capture the shots and then painstakingly developing the photographs before printing them and adding her own creative flair with paint, oil, gelatine and other materials. Her photographs are otherworldly, existing somewhere between fairy-tale and nightmare, referencing religious iconography and ritual.
Surys’ highly original photography draws on an extensive range of influences from all areas of art history. It is her interest in the old that fires her experiments into new artistic territories. Turning her back on modern digital manipulation and choosing compositions that recall classical art, her work has an air of symbolic mystery usually found in the great religious oil paintings.