About Benjamin Skinner
“A very important part of my work is the relationships that I have with the people that I shoot. If I didn’t have good relationships with them I would never be able to work with them, to a point where they feel comfortable and safe. To let go and be completely comfortable in the environments that they nd themselves.”
The Daville Baillie Gallery takes great pleasure in opening its new space at the development of Victoria Yards, in Lorentzville Johannesburg, with the exhibition White by Ben Skinner. The move to a bigger premises in this new and unusual city location signi es a bold stride in exhibiting the nest emergent and established talent in South Africa. This includes the photography of Ben Skinner whose oeuvre takes into account the interior, private world of unnamed individuals.
Skinner and his subjects have shared in intimate and eeting moments, in a way that is seldom seen on mainstream gallery walls. We are taken to a privileged space in which changing time is described through a tension between stillness and movement, as well as ordinariness and exception.
The title of the exhibition itself denotes an activity occurring in interstices where light has allowed us to witness something we may have assumed would take place in the dark.
It is this ‘lightness’ that transports us to a fundamental site of human experience.
The White exhibition opens 11-11-2017 @ 11am