They Were My Landscape by Phoebe Kiely

To coincide with the release of her first book, published by MACK, Village is proud to present our latest exhibition, They Were My Landscape by Manchester-based artist Phoebe Kiely.

They were my landscape builds a fragmented picture of a place that is at once personal and anonymous. Based in Manchester, Kiely compulsively catalogues her urban and suburban surroundings, drawing attention to prosaic spectacles and passers-by. In her book, the cracked concrete of vernacular architecture, or the flattened feathers of a pigeon lying on a road are granted the same scrutiny as a young man smoking at a bus stop, or a walking mother carrying her young child. Echoing the fragility of everyday life, Kiely’s elusive sequence of black-and-white photographs vacillates between portraits, objects and street scenes. Within this mutable body of ongoing work, she attempts to find a sense of self.

The exhibition will run from 1st June - 1st July 2018

Exhibition preview: Thursday 31st May. 6pm - 9pm.

Phoebe will be signing copies of her book at the exhibition launch night.

Drinks provided.

Phoebe Kiely was born in 1991 in Leicester, UK. Kiely graduated from Manchester School of Art in 2015. Her work has been exhibited at The Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool (2016) and was included in the British Journal of Photography's 2016 exhibition Portrait of Britain. In 2018 her photographs will be exhibited in the major group art show Hit the North! curated by Greg Hobson at Manchester Central Library.