Victoria Batt (born in 1985) describes the sense of calm that she experiences when exploring and photographing a city. She purposely shoots the tops of buildings, assuming the role of a tourist who more commonly looks up than the resident whose gaze more naturally falls on the commotion of the city at ground level.
Batt’s focus of ‘Serenity in the City’ is the iconic, brutalist Barbican building, which she considers simultaneously ugly and beautiful: the grey concrete façade contrasting with the clean, minimal, symmetry of the architecture. Batt happened to capture the Barbican bathed in pink morning light; acknowledging the success of this, she purposely varied the intensity of the hue in other works depicting the building.
Batt experimented with printing on a variety of materials whilst studying for her MA in photography at Central St Martins (completed June 2016). Printing onto acetate then linking the images with gold hoops, Batt has created outfits or ‘wearable photographs’. As part of the BP Art Exchange programme, Tate Modern has invited Batt to host a workshop and exhibit these works in October 2016.
For more information, see victoriabatt.com and madeinartslondon.com
Next exhibition: Victoria Batt, ‘Activating Art through Body, Disguise and Performance’, Tate Modern workshop, 18th and 19th October 2016
Hedge, issue 42, July 2016, pp70-76