Venue: Gallery
Dates: Friday 25 July - Sunday 21 September

Gallery open:

  • Tue / Wed / Sat / Sun 12-6pm
  • Thu / Fri 12-8pm
  • Closed Monday

Please note that the Gallery will close at 3pm on Fri 19 Sept. There will be a special performance by Christoph Dettmeier in response to the exhibition on Fri 19 Sept at 7pm.


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Preview: Fri 25 July 6-8pm

Exhibition: Sat 26 July — Sun 21 Sep

Christoph Dettmeier can find a Wild West prairie in Detroit, Berlin or anywhere that an industrial wasteland can stand in for a ghost town. In his bestknown photographic works they form the background for silhouettes of lone riders and grotesque cowboys and are depicted in such a way that these essentially non-descript places become surreal, absolutely timeless, and astonishingly picturesque. 

This multi-media exhibition - his first solo show in the UK - features a selection of such epic landscapes produced in response to significant locations in Wales and reflecting on this year’s centenary commemorations of the start of World War I. 

Dettmeier takes as his starting point the collective trauma of the war and the subsequent development of horror film and contemporary gaming genres and inserts this into these epic landscapes — most significantly in the practice trenches of Penally which provide a poignant backdrop to a new photographic series and a film that follows the imagined sight lines of a WW1 computer game to traverse the trenches in a frenetic and relentless manner.

About the artist

Christoph Dettmeier was born in Cologne and now lives and works in Berlin. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Waitin’ Around To Die’, Kunstverein Braunschweig (2010) and Galerie der Stadt Remscheid (2009); ‘Private Land’, rahncontemporary, Zürich and ‘Open Range’, Galerie Schmidt Maczollek, Cologne (2009) and ‘Badlands’, o.T. Raum für aktuelle Kunst, Luzern (2008).

Selected group exhibitions and performances include ‘Experimentica12: Born Under A Bad Sign’, Chapter, Cardiff (2012), ‘Visions.An Atmosphere of Change’, Marta, Herford (2013), ‘2Dead_LINES. Todesbilder in Kunst — Medien — Alltag’, Von der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal, and ‘Optical Shift — Illusion und Täuschung’, b-05, Kunst- und Kulturzentrum, Montabaur (both 2010).

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