PHOTOGRAPHY- NAPIER ‘18
Egle Kisieliute’s work ranges from architectural to conceptual photography, focusing on creating awareness of a variety of social issues such as exclusion, identity and belonging. Egle works predominantly with black and white photography, which emphasises the textures, shapes and shadows of her subjects.
The focus for her graduate exhibition, Concrete Evidence, attempted to shift negative connotations associated with brutalism. Through her technique and style, Egle was able to highlight the grand beauty which can be found in these buildings.
“Originating in the years after the Second World War, brutalist buildings have often been accepted for their functionality but dismissed for any aesthetic value. With Concrete Evidence I challenge the viewer to take a different perspective, one free of prejudice and open to an alternative form of artistic expression.
In brutalist architecture, concrete is the most common material; it is extremely raw, which allows the architect to achieve rough shapes and sharp edges. This apparent simplicity is always a testament to the architect’s skill, and it often reveals a complex thought process.
However distinctive their style and important their heritage, brutalist buildings have been progressively demolished across Britain in recent years. Nevertheless, awareness of their significance and support for their preservation are also growing.
I wanted to highlight the importance of this style and look at the buildings as works of art in themselves regardless of their context. The addition of a digitally manipulated black sky allows me to isolate the buildings and emphasise their graphic beauty”.
See more of Egle’s amazing work via her website eglekisieliute.com or follow her @eglekisieliute.