> THE REFUGE OF II
'The Refuge of II' marks the first collaborative photo series by WHITEHALL and BRUCKE.
This portrait series and video presentation was part of CONTACT 2014 Open Exhibitions, and chronicles an acute fascination with tragedy, love and loss, and the inevitable. These rich black and white portraits examined the identities of two lovers and their eventual collapse, both physical and metaphysical, framed within the chaos of war.
While Whitehall reinterprets the quiet and deeply private
moments of women - that which is not defined in their iconic
wartime imagery - Brucke depicts the shared experience of
the soldier and one’s personal confrontation within the
theatre of war.
’The Refuge of II’ embraces the innocence
of romantic adventure, and then the complete and utter
negation of this, materialized by fear and terror, and the
brutal honesty of life on both fronts.
The short video piece, augmented by an evocative soundscape, placed these lovers within the universal story of human conflict and contextualized the narrative. Brucke’s edit pays tribute to wartime photographic works, from seminal artists like Matthew Brady and Don McCullin, and references documentary combat war footage to stage these two characters in their traumatic demise.
Ultimately, in the final portrait, the earth envelops these lovers, setting the stage for an organic burial, locked in an eternal embrace.
Gallery space kindly provided by
Hilditch Architect, 401 Richmond St., Toronto