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Henna Nadeem
A Picture Book of Britain (2006)
Courtesy the artist and Photoworks

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A Picture Book of Britain

Artists: Henna Nadeem

Dates: Oct 6th 2006 - Oct 29th 2006

Venue: Charleston

In the Bloomsbury Group's rural enclave at Charleston Farmhouse, Henna Nadeem showed her series of collaged photographs A Picture Book of Britain.

In this work, Nadeem used photographs from a series of highly popular books published between 1937 and the 1980s by Country Life, entitled the Picture Books of Britain. Nadeem employed pattern templates derived from a variety of non-Western sources as a basis for grafting two kinds of images together.

Delicate and playful, Nadeem’s collages suggest a familiar but anonymous landscape. Two very different visual traditions vie for prominence in a hybrid space that eclipses its primary sources.

Charleston Farmhouse was decorated in the distinctive visual style of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. For over half a century Charleston became the country meeting place for the group of artists, writers and intellectuals known as Bloomsbury including the novelist E.M. Forster, economist Maynard Keynes and art historian Roger Fry.

A Photoworks Exhibition in association with Brighton Photo Biennial.

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