Polly Brown: Wave created by putting undeveloped film through x-ray machines. AIRPORTALS series

AIRPORTALS by Polly Brown

British photographer Polly Brown’s new conceptually-led series AIRPORTALS revolves around the politically-charged process of airport security checks.

Taking photographs at these migration points is strictly forbidden.

However, the x-ray machines used at them can leave their mark on undeveloped photographic film.

They fog and damage the rolls, creating an unintended and abstract documentation.

Created by Brown purposefully passing film through security x-ray checks around the globe from Hokkaido to South End, AIRPORTALS brings together photographs and abstracted mark making to capture ghostly echoes of these tightly-controlled boarder crossings.

Three years in the making, the series presents a forbidden portrait of these liminal zones in a beautiful and haunting body of work.

Man looks out airport window in Polly Brown's AIRPORTALS series
Man Window Tokyo NRT, AIRPORTALS © Polly Brown

Polly Brown

Brown has a multidisciplinary practice combining print series, film and book works.

Drawn to a variety of subjects – from office plants to gallery aesthetics – her work is primarily still life.

Conceptual and documentary in approach, Brown’s projects attempt to evoke the expansive from the everyday.

They focus on her obsessions with the little, seemingly mundane, visual details most people ignore.

Spilt milk on the floor, part of Polly Brown's AIRPORTALS series
Milk Nagoya NGO, Airportals © Polly Brown


AIRPORTALS is on show at WE FOLK PRESENTS in the heart of Amsterdam until November 15.

Launched in October, WE FOLK PRESENTS is a space exploring the culture of WE FOLK.

It aims to continue to support and nurture the talent WE FOLK represents and affiliated artists.

Entrance is by appointment or general access is available every Saturday from 11am to 5pm.

Main image: Wave Marrakesh RKE, AIRPORTALS © Polly Brown

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