Heidi Specker

9 Ways to Say it's Over


An exhibition curated by Natasha Cox and Keira Greene
12th July - 4th Aug . Private View 11th July

Thursday- Sunday opening times 12.00-6.00

20 Farringdon Street, London, EC4



Spaces open up; we move closer. The photographic works assembled in 9 Ways To Say It's Over encourage us to project ourselves onto their stilled surfaces with a sense of freedom and anxiety. The gaps in the works invite an intimacy, a sense of loss - an absent space between two mirrors. The exhibition looks to Henri Cartier-Bresson's description of the decisive moment: that precise instant in which an image is captured - ‘the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as the precise organization of forms which gives that event its proper expression.'

9 Ways to Say it's Over will take place in a new large scale exhibition space housed within the currently disused office buildings at 20 Farrington Street. The exhibition brings together seven international artists working in lens-based media. Joe Clark, Sarah Dobai, Tess Hurrel, Leigh Ledare, Tim Mitchell, Heidi Specker and Stefan Zeyan all seek to unravel Cartier-Bresson's decisive moment. The creative processes inherent in photography and cinema are subverted in their work, as methods are deconstructed and remade. As a single frame is cut adrift from a sequence, narrative slips out of kilter with meaning and traditional concerns such as chronology and scale are broken down. Works are deliberately installed in ways that invite the viewer to move in-between and around them; our view is obstructed before we move to a more focused vantage point.

These images are calling out of context, hung upon points of reference, and grained by the textural qualities of their media. These works could be considered in relation to a mobius strip: the relationship between surface and image is symbiotic. The surfaces present us with the familiar pleasure of looking, whilst its content leads us to examine beyond this veneer. The associations we make at this site of desire are subjective, prompting questions as to how each of us perceives visual imagery based upon personal experience and memory. This process prompts us to revisit the work again and again, each time in an attempt to achieve a more objective reading.

In this space of construction the onus is on the viewer to contextualise the work on display within a wider culture of lens-based imagery. Questions arise as to how the tropes of cinema have come to inform our daily experiences, and how the ubiquity of images affects our understanding of ourselves. Life becomes imagined, as if already lived out on screen, and we recall memories that were never our own, but were instead pulled from a collective, cinematic memory.

9 Ways To Say It's Over draws together digital and analogue photographic processes, initiating a discussion between these two techniques. The 'Over' of the title is in reference to the fact that a medium, any medium, can succumb to death as it is superseded by new technology. The 'Ways' refer to the many possible paths these contributing artists suggest, by denying us a self-contained image, and instead opening up routes that connect their work, through which we might move closer.


Natasha Cox . Keira Greene
Lives/Works London b 1988/1984

Curators and Artists based at Inland Studios, this exhibition is the result of an ongoing collaborative discussion concerned with still and moving image. Artists exhibiting have contributed to this discussion and works exhibited confirm points of interest in both artists’ practices, while simultaneously adding to a wider conversation around contemporary film and photography. This is the first exhibition in a program of exhibitions and events curated by Natasha Cox and Keira Greene that are stationed around this theme.