A new exhibition has been installed today at the Orkney Library & Archive. A chain of images, one a response to the one before it. Gunnie Moberg’s photographs from the archive and a contemporary response.
Above:image Gunnie Moberg, George Mackay Brown & Gypsy / Below:image Anna Younie
In late autumn last year, students in Art & Design from Orkney College UHI studied the work of Gunnie Moberg. The students were invited to choose an image from a selection from the archive. Then, using photography, they each made their own response. The project was intended to give the students a starting point from which to explore their own creative use of photography. The students worked with themes suggested by Gunnie’s work such as simplicity in nature, darkness & light, people & place and water, earth & sky.
Above:image Gunnie Moberg / Below:image Indigo Branscombe
Response is the exhibition of Gunnie Moberg’s photographs and the student’s responses to them. Now open at Orkney Library & Archive, Kirkwall the show runs to the end of March.
Above: image Gunnie Moberg / Below: image Inga Gaudie
The Students have echoed something they saw in the Gunnie Moberg photograph they chose, perhaps a tone, a shape, an expression. Sometimes the echo is recognisable and sometimes fainter but in each the students own voice is clear.
Above:image Norman Cockett / Middle: image Gunnie Moberg, Seamus Heaney / Below: image Beccy May
The Gunnie Moberg Archive hopes to go on sparking off ideas in people, promoting creativity and conversations, using this remarkable collection as a resource. Within the archive there are letters, book mock-ups, working notes, contact sheets, diaries and many other items that make it possible to look at how the artist worked and how her life and work merged. Once the cataloguing process has been completed this will be made available for people to study and enjoy. In the meantime, to allow access to the collection, there are exhibitions and events.
Above: image Gunnie Moberg /Below:image Rowan Pierce
Above:image Gunnie Moberg / Below:image Matheus Lopes Martin
Above:image Gunnie Moberg / Below:image Kathleen Keldie