The first major UK exhibition by the award-winning Catalan artist, whose work questions the use of the photographic image as evidence.
Joan Fontcuberta describes photography as 'a tool to negotiate our idea of reality'. He sees it that it is the responsibility of photographers 'to contribute not with anaesthetic images but rather to provide images that shake consciousness'.
Growing up in Barcelona under the Franco dictatorship, Fontcuberta developed a skeptical approach to the truthfulness of photographic images, which were used in propaganda for the regime. An early career in advertising furthered his understanding that photography was not a form of documentary, but an important storytelling tool.
Now an artist, teacher and writer, Fontcuberta's work combines reality with fiction in order to challenge the authority of photography. He argues that, like any other image, a photograph has been constructed by its creator and his playful experiments teach us that we shouldn't always just accept what we see. He has received a host of prestigious accolades for these projects; including the Hasselblad International Award in Photography.
The artist has co-curated the exhibition alongside the National Media Museum's Greg Hobson, and it features some of his best-known works, including photographs, film, dioramas, scientific reports and related ephemera.