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Greg Thurling

MA Fine Art

Evinced Spatial Narratives

“As photographs give people an imaginary possession of a past that is unreal, they also help people to take possession of space in which they are insecure”. (Sontag, 2008: 9)

My practice is centred on an investigation of memory and post-memory, focusing in particular on an encounter with place as a site for hidden meaning and reinterpretation. In particular, my work has focused on sites whose narrative is obfuscated by layers of history and functional disuse.

As part of my research, I became interested in former military sites, particularly those which had a significant role in both World Wars and later the Cold War. I undertook field trips to Normandy and closer to home, Orford Ness, and was drawn to the sense of unease and disquiet that these spaces evoked. The decay of memory was reinforced by a lack of human presence and eventual abandonment. My work attempts to respond to these themes through the production of images that are imbued with the potency of these spaces.

Sontag, Susan (2008), On Photography, London, Penguin.

Laser engraving

– 2, Laser Engraving, 25×20 cm

Laser engraving

– 7, Laser Engraving, 25×20 cm

Laser engraving

– Anticipation, Digital Print, 84×59 cm