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Norfolk artist explores the alien side of concrete

An exhibition of photography by Norfolk artist Noah Da Costa is challenging the common conception of concrete as monotonous and boring. ‘Concrete’, which opens to the public in the Gallery at Norwich University of the Arts on Tuesday 21 January, presents a selection of photographic images that create new and alien objects from the shape and surface of cast concrete architecture through simple digital techniques.


Eleven by Noah Da Costa

Norfolk is already familiar with the creative possibilities of concrete thanks to some of its iconic architecture, such as Anglia Square’s Sovereign House and the UEA’s Ziggurat buildings. It was Da Costa’s experience of growing up around the latter while his father was a university employee that influenced his interest in architectural photography.

Da Costa studied at Norwich University of the Arts before moving to London to work as a commercial photographer. The influence of his commercial architectural shoots on his own artistic practice culminates with ‘Concrete’, a series of images which present a vision of archetypal urbanism deliberately divorced from context or any particular sense of place. Much of the work incorporates the brutalist architecture of Denys Lasdun, who designed the Royal National Theatre complex on London’s Southbank as well as the aforementioned Ziggurats.


Twelve by Noah Da Costa

NUA Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience) Neil Powell says: “Noah Da Costa’s exquisitely produced, monochromatic photographs present the viewer with kaleidoscopic versions of reality that are simultaneously familiar and alien. The illusionistic space of the work draws us into wondering just where these locations are – and where our place is too.”

‘Concrete’ is brought to the Gallery at NUA in conjunction with Tom Rowland Fine Art, London. The exhibition is open at the gallery on St Georges Street until Saturday 1 March, 12pm to 5pm (closed Sunday and Monday). Admission is free.


Thirteen by Noah Da Costa

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