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Three Cities: New Photographs from Niall O’Brien

SEEN is looking forward to seeing a new exhibition of photographs taken in the beating heart of America’s Silicon Valley, a place that by Niall O’Brien’s account was packed to the gills with cutting-edge technology yet had no aesthetic at all – except for the surrounding mountains and opportunistic nature.

O’Brien spent four months living in an apartment in the valley, choosing another section of Bascom Avenue (seven miles long) to photograph each day at the same time. It seems to have been an eye-opening experience with America’s wealthiest and poorest citizens living cheek by jowl, two of whom – the homeless yet cheerful Blake and his girlfriend Dana – became the symbol of real humanity for the Irish photographer and filmmaker.

O’Brien’s work in Bascom Avenue typifies his naturalistic and voyeuristic approach. He is known for embedding himself within ‘tribes’ whether that be with punks in London, Berlin or the isolationist communities of Middle America. In the manner of George Orwell, O’Brien immerses himself in the lives of his subjects, coming to know them through their daily lives and routines, sharing the triumphs and tragedies of a couple whose existence puts them forever beyond the American dream.

The exhibition at Sid Motion Gallery is co-curated by Bakul Patki and on from April 26th to May 26th.

Sid Motion Gallery
142 York Way,
N1 0AX