27 June – 15 July 2017
Beetles+Huxley gallery present two new series of works, Confessionals and Abruzzo by internationally acclaimed photographer Michael Kenna. Confessionals is a departure from the landscape work for which Kenna has become known and is the culmination of over 10-years work, travelling through Reggio Emilia, a city in northern Italy, to document hundreds of Catholic confessional booths. These will be shown alongside new photographs of the Abruzzo landscape from his new book, published by Nazraeli Press.
Confessionals is a typology of confessional booths from a distinct geographical region, documenting booths from the 13th century to the present. Shot in black and white, each booth is uniformly the focal point of each image, framed by the details of the church interior which happen to be in shot albeit a crucifix, pillar or ladder offering small clues as to the church’s architecture and context in which the booth is placed. Each photograph displays immaculate detail and continues ongoing fascination with capturing memories and stories, viewing the booths as containers of memory and hidden secrets.
Alongside the Confessionals works, a series of landscapes from the Italian region of Abruzzo is on display. In some places, the land is exceedingly wild and mountainous, whereas in others, it is quite domestic and pastoral. Hilltowns, castles and churches proliferate the landscape. The works come from Kenna’s new publication, published by Nazraeli Press 2017.