The Belfry | St. John on Bethnal Green
Preview | Tuesday 14 March (6:30 - 9pm)
17, 18, 19 March (12 - 6pm)
Lumen presents an exhibition by Diego Valente featuring documented performance, photography, painting and video installation. Titled ‘The Resonance Room’, the exhibition is a desire to deepen the foundations of the real, to bring about an even clearer and at the same time ever more passionate consciousness of the world perceived by our senses. Based on a revelation and the paradox of faith, on what people need in order to believe in something which is out of our reality.
Influenced by the dialogue between arts and the spiritual, anthropology and science, his work attempts to question belief systems, examining resonances, parallels and intersections between these different structures. Central to his practice is our relationship to seeing, truth, knowledge and perception. The photographic thus becomes a central focus, in which our biological eye and neuro-scientific sensory system of light perception are drawn upon and explored within a poetic framework. The flash-gun pulsing as lightning, the hovering unfixed after image as memory trails are incorporated into performances, filmic works and installations.
Diego has been showing in alternative spaces as well as galleries. Together with Emma Backlund, Sun Shi and Alice Serraino, founded The Kitchen Gallery, an artist run show in a conventional kitchen at an East London flat. Have co-curated the London College of Communication photo book table for Offprint London at Tate Modern for two consecutive years. Valente also co-edits the S:KIN Journal together with Emma Backlund and Ramona Guntert. Group shows include Lumen: School of Light, Brighton Photo Fringe, Paper, Publication, Performance at Lychee One Gallery, Psyche Valuations at White Conduit Projects.