Shipping container, Brighton Seafront
Brighton BN1 1NB
(Opposite Metropole Hotel, just East of West Pier)
4 – 26 May
Thurs – Sun 12.00-18.00
Aria is a site-specific audio-visual piece featuring a freediver and a female soprano projected inside a shipping container on Brighton’s seafront. Immersed in the soundscape of an a capella voice, the viewer experiences a figure moving within the depths of the underwater landscape, pulsing with the lyrical rhythm of the singer’s breath. In this space the boundaries of interior and exterior become blurred and perceptions become distorted. Critchley who often works with video and photography in the underwater environment, is interested in the shift when the body becomes immersed underwater, a space that is detached from the everyday, which necessitates both a physical and mental realignment.
Emma Critchley has worked as an underwater image-maker for over ten years. In 2011 she graduated with an MA from The Royal College of Art. Through working with a combination of photography, video and installation she explores the human relationship with the underwater environment. Critchley has developed works funded by The Photographers Gallery, The National Media Museum, The Arts Council England, The British Council and the Singapore International Foundation. Her awardwinning work has been exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at The Australian Centre of Photography, the ICA Singapore, The National Portrait Gallery, The Photographers Gallery and Saatchi Gallery’s New Sensations.
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