Continuing to further its reputation as a gallery which bridges the gap between artists and collectors, Heist will soon be opening its latest exhibition – Origins – this fine art photography exhibition will feature some of the most interesting photographers in the world today, including Jimmy Nelson, Rankin and Massimo Listri amongst others.
The Origins exhibit will focus on the people and cultures of the world that have remained largely unchanged, despite the onslaught of modernity. As if preserved in aspic these cultures are eternal. The photographers involved have highlighted some true gems of human civilisation, across the Middle East, Asia, and Africa et al.
Too often contemporary photography looks to distort the world, to highlight only the detritus of humanity, which is why the Origins exhibit is something truly unique and noteworthy. There’s no vomiting drunkards here, no blood soaked battlefield that forces us only to think of humanity in a negative way. The photographers have shown us the pride of humanity, the richness of culture in all its forms and confirming why man is the dominant animal on this earth.
There’s an unsullied beauty on show in these photos, from man’s architectural genius (Massimo Listri) to humanity’s beneficial union with nature (Jimmy Nelson) There’s also an undercurrent of sadness, because as we progress with technology, globalization etc, there’s an alarming danger that as human beings we are losing touch with, not only, what makes us unique as individual cultures, but our love for and understanding of nature.
A lot of the countries where these cultures exist have bore the brunt of globalization, some to their benefit, others not so, and it’s only a matter of time before each of these individual cultures is possibly consumed by it.
The Origins exhibit gives people the opportunity to both marvel at some aesthetically outstanding photography as well as think about what progress is doing to us as human beings. Also it will hopefully get people thinking of new and innovative ways in which progress can work with tradition rather than against it