HOLDING THE BLUE, the first UK solo exhibition by Cig Harvey will open this September at Beetles + Huxley, Mayfair, London. The work shown features 30 photographs taken throughout 2003 until 2017 and will be a foreword to her new book You an Orchestra, You a Bomb. The book will be released this November by Schlit Publishing.
Having pursued photography since she was 13, to begin studying an MFA in photography at Rockport College, Harvey moved from Devon, UK to Maine, New England, USA. Harvey’s early work focused on her own life experiences with a fantasy twist, often using herself as a model. The well thought out and self-reflecting work is heavily symbolic and metaphorical. Over time Harvey’s work became less meticulous and more spontaneous, featuring a larger selection of models including her neighbours, daughter and husband.
In her most recent work, Harvey has returned to her hometown Maine, documenting everyday events and locations. Similarly, to the fantasy version of her life portrayed in previous works, the current work takes strange combinations of colour and lighting which give the images an eerie quality. The works are a visual short story with a strong narrative, in each borderless image of randomly selected people and places, time seems to move and the subject is almost always partially concealed, whether cropped out or obscured by light or an object.
Harvey’s work has previously been part of collections at major museums including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas and the International Museum of Photography and Film at the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York. Her work has been published in three monographs, You Look At Me Like An Emergency, 2012 and Gardening at Night, 2015, along with her upcoming book also published by Schlit Publishing.
The photographer was a finalist for the BMW Prize at Paris Photo and for the Prix Virginia, an international women’s photography prize and a nominee for the John Gutmann fellowship and the Santa Fe Prize.
by Pierra George-Robertson
Front Page Image: Scout in the Blizzard, Rockport, Maine, 2017 by Cig Harvey
The exhibition will be open from September 5 – 16, 10am – 5:30pm
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