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The Birthday Party

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Product description

This is a series of portraits of children about to attend an imaginary birthday party. Inspired by her daughter's birthday party Speers imagined what characters might be created if role play were pushed to imaginative extremes. The children are placed in front of the same white wall and gaze into the lens of the camera performing within a strictly laid out frame. They reveal very little of themselves and yet this is what makes the portraits so magnetic. The childlike game of dressing up, of putting on costumes, reinforces the surreal tone of the series. 'The Birthday Party is anarchistic in its take on childhood and play, both improvisatory and highly theatrical...unsentimental but playful, macabre...in a way which is liberating both for us as viewer and perhaps for her subjects too'. Clare Grafik, The Photographers Gallery, London. 'There is always a certain tension in my work which draws the viewer into what is hidden beneath the surface. My intention was to show a real side of human nature, to expose a side of childhood that is not care-free or cliched, and project a range of emotions and definitions which are part of an imperfect world.' - Vee Speers.

A hardback book in very good condition. Signs of use, marked on top right corner or front cover. Contains many photographs.

Item details

Author(s):
Vee Speers
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
28.2 x 1.8 x 33.8 cm
Edition:
2011
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
190458764X
ISBN-13:
9781904587644
Number of pages:
96
Publisher:
Dewi Lewis
Title:
The Birthday Party

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This is a series of portraits of children about to attend an imaginary birthday party. Inspired by her daughter's birthday party Speers imagined what characters might be created if role play were pushed to imaginative extremes. The children are placed in front of the same white wall and gaze into the lens of the camera performing within a strictly laid out frame. They reveal very little of themselves and yet this is what makes the portraits so magnetic. The childlike game of dressing up, of putting on costumes, reinforces the surreal tone of the series. 'The Birthday Party is anarchistic in its take on childhood and play, both improvisatory and highly theatrical...unsentimental but playful, macabre...in a way which is liberating both for us as viewer and perhaps for her subjects too'. Clare Grafik, The Photographers Gallery, London. 'There is always a certain tension in my work which draws the viewer into what is hidden beneath the surface. My intention was to show a real side of human nature, to expose a side of childhood that is not care-free or cliched, and project a range of emotions and definitions which are part of an imperfect world.' - Vee Speers.

A hardback book in very good condition. Signs of use, marked on top right corner or front cover. Contains many photographs.

Author(s):
Vee Speers
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
28.2 x 1.8 x 33.8 cm
Edition:
2011
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
190458764X
ISBN-13:
9781904587644
Number of pages:
96
Publisher:
Dewi Lewis
Title:
The Birthday Party

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