The Michael Hoppen Gallery is delighted to announce Simon Norfolk’s third exhibition of photographs with the gallery: Time Taken, a poetic tracing of time on the war-torn landscape of Afghanistan.
Between 2013 and 2014 Simon Norfolk visited the Bamiyan Valley in Afghanistan, an area of the country once famous for its 170 foot tall Buddhas and more so now for their demise at the hands of the Taliban in 2001. Setting up his camera at over a dozen locations over a twelve-month period, Norfolk looked to depict the slow, silent release of the seasons in ‘a year long un-blinking honesty.’
“The winter snow marches up to the summer peaks and then slowly returns, like the gentlest of waves lapping on a tree is full of sap it is heavy and it leans; in the autumn it is lighter and it ebbs.’ Simon Norfolk
A copse of trees, a pair of deserted Soviet tanks, a boarded up town at the foot of the mountains; these anchors of the landscape provide the backdrop as we watch the seasons slip into one another, described by Norfolk as being like the studies in the passing of time.
The cyclical nature of the images speaks of the constant presence of war in this country and the perseverance and hope as the land continues to be ploughed and planted. As the artist himself said: “The main creation of Afghan culture is the landscape itself. It is all around, but one has to stop, sit quietly and take Time, to see it at work.”
3 Aug – 8 Sep 2015