7 December 2009 – 31 January 2010
The Ratiu Foundation / Romanian Cultural Centre
Manchester Square, 18 Fitzhardinge Street, London W1H 6EQ
Opening times: Mon – Fri 12.00 – 18.00
Admission is free but booking is essential, by phone (020 7486 0295 ext. 108) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
“The ongoing contemporary debate about photography as an art form raises interesting questions about the status of photography. For artist photographers the medium of photography is indubitably a modern art form which deals with all aspects of life. My main interest in this debate is crystallised in two ways: theoretically through my philosophical enquiries into the Aesthetics of Photography and practically through my own work, especially my abstract photography.
Because a photograph needs to be ‘an image of something’, photography as an artistic process seems to be predetermined by the existence of a particular real subject. Sometimes I accept this predetermination and try to capture the magic of mundane urban scenes, but at other times I choose to rebel and create images where the real subject is not recognisable and appears to have a new existence. Most of my work is film based photography in an attempt to resist the digital ubiquity. Because of this rebellion my recent images seem to evade a clear categorisation. I play with inversed perspective, I avoid reference points by using close-ups and I use the natural light in a particular way.
The ‘Emergent Light’ photographs are a series of works where the light is the subject and the catalyst at the same time. Trying to capture the beauty and fluidity of light is attempted through traditional photography (no manipulation is allowed) and particular view points (usually close-ups). What the eye of my camera records is a fragment of a momentary reality – the splitting of light on the surfaces of often very mundane domestic objects. These images have a very painterly quality which betrays my interest in colour, texture and abstraction.” – Roxana Tohaneanu-Shields
Roxana Tohaneanu-Shields is a Romanian born artist who lives and works in the UK . Having graduated from Bucharest University in Philosophy in 1998 she took a further degree in Art and Philosophy at The University of Reading where she is currently researching for a PhD in Aesthetics. She has exhibited her work in a number of galleries and art museums including The Art Museum of Constanta, The Art Museum of Brasov, Gallery4allarts at the Independent Liverpool Biennial 2008, the Other Gallery London, The Ecology Pavilion in Mile End and The Stroud House Gallery. Roxana works in a variety of media but her principal interest is in photography.