We know that the perspective is much more than a detail of art history; it is a question of worldview. Alexandra Pace is an artist and curator with a multidisciplinary practice. Her more recent photographic work turns its attention on issues of artifice and representation in photography. With the help of fragmentary individual parts provided by image and text, her evocative black-and-white photos open up a fantasy space. For although they usually show closed interiors, they are by no means closed compositions. They are, in fact, the opposite: open compositions that only contain parts of the entire scene, suggesting an undefined but important exterior. To read them it is necessary to complete the scene itself and to complement the missing parts.
Pace chose her contribution to Showing True Colour with a view on the last few weeks. Most European countries have opened their borders and lifted travel restrictions, yet the mood of the people remains mixed to say the least. With a combination of hope and fear we tread cautiously into this unknown post-pandemic reality. While both images speak of the ‘outdoors,’ or at least depict objects and spaces created by nature, they simultaneously communicate a sense of the indoors and lack of natural daylight. Ultimately, they deal with human intervention in nature and literally bringing to light their interdependence in the age of the Anthropocene.