Event / 22 Sep 2021

In Conversation: Mike Perry & Bronwen Colquhorn

Mike Perry

Join contemporary photographic artist Mike Perry and Bronwen Colquhoun, Senior Curator of Photography at Amgueddfa Cymru -National Museum of Wales, live on Zoom.

Mike Perry’s photographs challenge conventional ways of seeing our coastline and countryside, with a focus on Britain’s National Parks. Land/Sea, currently on display at Oriel y Parc, St Davids, opens our eyes to society’s broken relationship with the natural world.

Dr Bronwen Colquhoun is responsible for the curation and management of the art department’s photography collections, curating the exhibition programme for the Museum’s permanent photography gallery and contributing to the Museum’s temporary exhibition programme.

This event is jointly hosted by Oriel y Parc St Davids, Amgueddfa Cymru National Museum of Wales and Ffotogallery.

About Artist

Portrait of Mike Perry

Mike Perry

Mike Perry’s photographs examine the interactions of landscapes, nature and industrial society. Over the last 20 years his practice has focused on Britain’s National Parks and increasingly the immediate surroundings of Pembrokeshire where he lives and works, questioning the romantic mythology of national parks as areas of wilderness and natural beauty. He uses large format photography in order to simultaneously capture the painterly tones and aesthetic qualities of the landscape’s surface as well as detailing the impacts of humanity’s exploitation of nature for commercial gains. Series of smaller photographs show objects found in the landscape at 1:1 scale, capturing the effect of natural processes on the surfaces of industrially produced materials. Discussing the tension between the seductive surfaces and worrying content of his work, he commented that ‘as well as highlighting the overconsumption and pollution they show nature’s ability to shape our world whether we humans are here or not’.