We are proud to be print sponsoring Simon Roberts‘ upcoming exhibition at Flowers Gallery, London. Building on his previous major bodies of work: We English (2009); The Election Project (2010) and Pierdom (2013); Roberts has turned his attention to heritage sites across England, exploring themes of identity, memory and nationhood through our everyday interactions with the landscape.
In 2014, Roberts travelled around the UK to photograph popular scenic destinations, heritage sites and historic properties. Capturing the activities and interactions of visitors at each location, his photographs reflect on how the countryside has been modelled and managed for the purposes of leisure, and in turn, how our sense of belonging is determined by a connection to place.
His use of large format C-Type Gloss prints invite the viewer to explore the alternative perspective of the English picturesque landscape. The elevated perspective of his large-format tableaux sets the viewer at a critical distance from the scene. Roberts attempts to map the patterns of contemporary life, which he describes as “governed by forces that are not possible to see from a position within the crowd”. Roberts highlights our shared and sometimes imperfect experience of the landscape, inviting wider questions about private ownership and public usage of land.
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Simon Roberts, Penshaw Moument, Penshaw, Tyne and Wear, 2013,
Simon Roberts, Mullion Cove, Mullion, 2014
The National Arboretum, Westonbirt, Gloucestershire, 2013
Installation view: National Property: The Picturesque Imperfect by Simon Roberts, Flowers Gallery, London, 2015