April 3, 2014 - Comments Off on FIGMENTS: A SOLO EXHIBITION OF NEW PHOTOGRAPHY BY HARRIS STEINMAN 15 April – 8 May 2014
Harris Steinman's evocative series of photographs of his childhood town reflects his disconnection of memories from their reality, capturing these surreal images at nightfall. Figments sees the artist set forth on a moving and intimate journey in an attempt to heal and to make sense of the sub-conscious influence that predicates his current state of being. Secretly claiming these images from a distance, Steinman eerily translates his apprehension to dismantle the past. He probes the space of the
imagination and one’s own perception of what is “real”. These mundane neighbourhood scenes come alive with the sense of a haunting presence hidden from sight. For a moment, we are allowed to see into the inaccessible and private spaces of the artist's own struggle to accept and let go of that which has past.
The artists writes that, “I am recognizing and accepting that loss is irrecoverable, that I can never return. I am trying to comprehend that past disappointments, suffering, and melancholy, are meant to mature and transfigure, and shift me. These images are my catalysts – figments to move me from the dark to un-dark, to kindle my transformation.
Harris Steinman trained at the Ruth Prowse Arts Centre, and later with specialised photography tutors. His work has been shown at Iziko South African Museum and Youngblood, and published in Images Beyond Words (2005, Kirstenbosch, Briza Press).