About

Artist’s Statement

My work covers a range of inter-related subjects, from collective memory & loss to consciousness science & psycholinguistics. I am constantly seeking ways to explore and document how we understand the world around us on both a physical and psychological level. I capture spaces and places that reveal certain states of mind, from underground bunkers to the edges of the landscape, strewn with detritus. These spaces act as a metaphor for a fragile sense of self and relate to Freud’s concept of the unheimliche (the unhomely). My interest in the bunker is as a psychological state of  safety tenuously held together by fear: the bunker space is symbolic of a deeply disturbed state of mind and buried fear, akin to trauma.

One key aspect of my work is to document places that have undergone a traumatic experience of collective loss. I have focussed on locations in Eastern Europe: Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine, to explore how these places hold a sense of memory related to trauma and atrocity. My current project focuses upon the Jewish narrative, exploring how history can be both intensely remembered whilst memory of events are reframed or buried by collective amnesia.

I have also been documenting research centres that are at the forefront of scientific research, asking the questions of what it means to be conscious, sentient and human. For this project I am very interested in the overlap between the science of mind and the psychology of self. The theme of consciousness, how we explore and understand the world around us on both a physical and psychological level, brings into question the nature of perception, the artistic pursuit of photography and the objective and subjective sense of self.

 

‘Barry Falk’s photographs effectively convey the edginess and grubbiness and visual intrigue of ordinary spaces. He demonstrates how seeming emptiness can be evocative, and can have character and feeling. In the image shown here, the angled symmetry of the painted lines and the way our eye is pulled into the corner make us feel trapped and uncomfortable. I ask: where is the exit? My escape route? It is not a place I want to stay or linger. The grubby walls, the single fluorescent light and the ominous stains on the ground all add to making a rather unsettling space. And the resulting image is successful in recreating the physical emotion of actually being there.’  - Louise Marlborough: Brighton Fringe Open Text 2011

 

I am also a member of the MAP6 Collective:

http://www.map6.co.uk/

http://www.map6.co.uk/barry-falk-lithuania

https://www.instagram.com/map6collective/

 

Exhibitions

  • 2018; Regency Town House, Brighton Photo Fringe – ‘Thresholds of the Mind, Documenting the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science’, Sept 29th – Oct 28th 2018
  • 2017: m2 Gallery, Peckham - ’System of Absurdity’, Jan 22nd – March 8th 2017
  • 2017: Milton Keynes Gallery – ‘MAP6 Collective The Milton Keynes Project’
  • 2016: ONCA Gallery, Brighton – MAP6 Lithuania Project, Oct 1st – Oct 14th
  • 2016: Safe Houses 1 & 2, Gallery Seen 15 – MAP6 HOME 2 Project, Peckham 24, London Photo Festival – May 19th – May 22nd
  • 2016: Hasting Arts Forum – MAP6 HOME Project ‘Peripheral Homes’
  • 2015: London Photo Festival – Retro Wall, May 2016
  • 2014: Gallery 40 - ‘Incidental Spaces’, 13th Oct – 26th Oct 2014
  • 2014: DdA Factory, Cagliari, Italy – Group Exhibition, 1st July – 31st July 2014 - http://www.dda-factory.com/
  • 2013: Royal Photographic Society: ‘RPS Print International 156′ – Touring Group Exhibition 20th July 2013 – 8th March 2014
  • 2013: Moscow Art Project: ‘Discovering Borderlines’, April 2013 – Moscow, Russia – Group Exhibition
  • 2013: Works On Paper, January 2013 – Science Museum, London, UK – Group Exhibition
  • 2012: National Open Art Competition 2012, NOAC), Chichester Minerva Theatre/The Prince’s Trust, Hoxton, London, UK, October 2012 – Group Exhibition
  • 2011: The Claremont, Hove Arts, Brighton Open Houses, Brighton, UK – Group Exhibition
  • 2011: Artists Open Houses, Brighton
  • 2010: Co-Op Building, Brighton Photo Fringe – Collective Show, October 2010

Artist’s Talks & Presentations:

  • 2019 Photo Scratch, group presentation ~  The Photographers Gallery, London: https://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/whats-on/talks-and-events/photo-scratch
  • 2019 Artist’s Talk ‘In Search of Amnesia’ ~ The Jewish Museum, London
  • 2018 Artist’s Talk ‘In Search of Amnesia’ ~ The Wiener Library, London: https://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/Whats-On?item=421
  • 2018 Artist’s Talk ‘In Search of Amnesia’ ~ Jewish Geneaology Society, Rali Hall, Hove
  • 2018 Artist’s Talk ‘Thresholds of the Mind’ ~ Colonnade House, Worthing
  • 2018 Artist’s Talk ‘Thresholds of the Mind’ ~ Regency Town House, Hove
  • 2016 MAP6 Collective Artist’s Talk ‘The Lithuania Project’ ~ ONCA Gallery, Brighton 

Publications & On-Line Articles 

  • 2018: Art Noise AN Magazine ~ Issue #4 ’Featured Artist’
  • 2017: Camera Infinita Magazine ~ Issue #4: “Where The Night Takes Us”, September 2017: http://www.camerainfinita.com/magazine-4/
  • 2017: Fraction Magazine – Issue 98:  http://www.fractionmagazine.com/98-1
  • 2017: Elsewhere: A Journal of Place – MAP6 ‘Milton Keynes Project’: https://www.elsewhere-journal.com/blog/2017/4/29/map6-collective-the-milton-keynes-project
  • 2017: (fothcoming) WIRED Magazine – ‘System of Absurdity / Soviet Bunker’
  • 2017: Camera Infinita – ‘System of Absurdity’: http://www.camerainfinita.com/system-of-absurdity-2/
  • 2017: AINT-BAD Magazine – MAP6 Collective ‘The Lithuania Project’: https://www.aint-bad.com/article/2017/01/13/map6-collective/
  • 2016: European Prospects – ‘The Lithuania Project’ & ‘The Moscow Project’: http://europeanprospects.org/map6-collective & http://europeanprospects.org/artists/search/The%20MAP6%20Collective%20
  • 2016: Bird-in-Flight – ‘System of Absurdity’:  https://birdinflight.com/ru/vdohnovenie/fotoproect/20161129-barry-falk-system-absurdity.html
  • 2016: FotoRoom – ‘System of Absurdity’: http://fotoroom.co/system-of-absurdity-barry-falk/
  • 2016: BBC News In Pictures – ‘The Lithuania Project’: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-37539943
  • 2016: Deep Baltic – ‘Capturing Middle Europe: The MAP6 Collective in Lithuania’: https://deepbaltic.com/2016/10/06/capturing-middle-europe-the-map6-collective-in-lithuania/
  • 2016: Calvert Journal – ‘System of Absurdity’ Soviet Bunker Lithuania Project http://calvertjournal.com/photography/show/6287/soviet-bunker-lithuania-barry-falk-photography
  • 2016: CALAMITA/A blog: ‘Travels Through An Island’ Croatia Project - http://calamitaa.tumblr.com/post/141606307451/barry-falk-travels-through-an-island
  • 2016: Eyes Open! Magazine – ‘Centre of the Earth’ Iceland Project 
  • 2016: Creative Boom – ‘System of Absurdity’ Soviet Bunker Lithuania Project – http://www.creativeboom.com/photography/system-of-absurdity-photographer-explores-the-horrors-of-a-soviet-nuclear-bunker/
  • 2015: Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science – ‘Experimental Portraits’ - http://www.sussex.ac.uk/sackler/resources#pretty 
  • 2015: Art Noise – https://artnoise.squarespace.com/barry-falk/
  • 2015: Kwerfeldein Magazine article – ‘Heterotopias’, April 2015: http://kwerfeldein.de/2015/04/11/barry-falks-heterotopien/
  • 2014: Stampsy Projects, ‘Incidental Spaces’: http://stampsy.com/stamp/6548  / ‘Experimental Portraits’: http://stampsy.com/user/10495/latest/6844  /  Collections, ‘A Man Altered Landscape’: http://stampsy.com/a-man-altered-landscape
  • 2014: Blue Tapes ‘Dreamhouse Books’ – 2013: http://www.blurb.co.uk/b/4879933-dreamhouse /  http://www.blurb.co.uk/b/4877693-dreamhouse
  • 2013: View Magazine, September 2013: http://viewphotomag.com/view-7/barry-falk/
  • 2013: Photoworks Magazine Showcase – 2012 ‘Incidental Corners’:  https://www.photoworks.org.uk/magazine/showcase/barry-falk
  • http://redsquaregallery.wordpress.com/2012/03/05/barry-falk-derelict-urban-spaces/
  • 2013: Urban Photo Magazine ‘Conceptualising Car Parks’ – http://urbanphotomag.wordpress.com/2012/05/09/car-parks-barry-falk/
  • 2013: Bare Hill Publishing, ‘State of the Arts’ – Photography & Digital’: http://www.barehillpublishing.com/wp/the-state-of-art/
  • 2013: Urban Photo Publishing: ‘Refractions Contemporary Urban Photography Magazine – Feb 2013′: http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/504894?__r=137642 - urbanphotomag.wordpress.com/2011/10/08/five-questions-for…
  • www.nativepublications.com/
  • http://smellslikehumanabsence.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/Barry%20Falk

 

Book Publication:

In Search of Amnesia 2018 (100 pages)

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Installation Shots & Articles:

In Search of Amnesia ~ Photo Scratch, The Photographers Gallery, London, 2019

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‘Thresholds of the Mind, Documenting the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science’ – The Regency Townhouse,Brighton, 2018

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Art Noise AN Magazine 2018 ~ Issue #3: ‘Featured Artist’

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Camera Infinita Magazine 2017: ”Where The Night Takes Us”

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Camera Infinita 2017: ‘System of Absurdity’

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m2 Gallery, Peckham: ‘System of Absurdity’ – 2017

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MAP6 Lithuania Project, ONCA Gallery, Brighton Photo Fringe 2016

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MAP6 at Peckham 24 Photo London 2016

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Calvert Journal ‘System of Absurdity’ Project

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MAP6 HOME Exhibition, Hastings Arts Forum, 2016

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EyesOpen Magazine article – April 2016: ‘The Centre of the Earth’

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CALAMITA/A blog 2016: ‘Travels Through An Island’

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Creative Boom 2016: ‘System of Absurdity’

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Gallery 40, Brighton Fringe 2014: ‘Incidental Spaces’

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Royal Photographic Society – RPS 156 Exhibition, 2013: ‘Striped Corner’

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