Something Where There Should Be Nothing: Nothing Where There Should Be Something 01 October - 07 October 2021
The sense of both the world and the consciousness itself resides in a transphenomenological realm, beyond the reach of direct apprehension (Rand,1994)
Something Where There Should Be Nothing: Nothing Where There Should Be Something is a body of work that alludes to such a realm through the gaps and mysteries of personal and collective histories. Familial archives, decontextualised symbols and the contemporary image interweave to create a disjointed fictional and point to a paradox between our apparent contrived reality and another that is beyond standard perception.
Objects that once belonged to distant relatives sit alongside images of my surroundings and my family members to form part of a personal search for meaning, whilst on a wider level investigating what lies beyond our view. It is this ‘space between’ that I’m interested in or, as Mark Fisher puts it, ‘the egress between this world and another’.
‘Something Where There Should Be Nothing: Nothing Where There Should Be Something’ is, at its core, an exploration. I don’t intend for it to be finished, nor for it to convey one set ‘thing’. Rather, I see it as the start of a larger book (a chapter 1 if you will) that investigates the eerie nature of the unknown and displays the human experience as one that is enmeshed in mythic structures.
Anna Sturgeon (b. 1998, United Kingdom) is a Fine Art Photographer based in Bristol in the UK, who graduated from her BA in Photography at Falmouth University in 2021.
Taking influence from philosophical schools of thought her works are conceptually driven and are often concerned with the questioning of ‘the real’, both of the photographic medium and the world itself in postmodern society. Her practice examines the gaps in our understanding and plays upon the presumed veracity of the image to create alternative realities that are devoid of time and place.