Justin Coombes
British, born 1977

Using photography, text, video, and performance, Justin Coombes evokes the shifting relationships between space and memory. Coombes's signature practice combines slide-projections with long exposures, through which he creates ethereal images that question perception in the digital age. The pieces recall photography’s 19th-century origins and early photographers’ attempts to infuse the medium with aesthetic conventions of art history. His recent work places a greater emphasis on text and mise-en-scène. Hokkaido Postcard (2011), for example, combines photographs Coombes made in Japan with narratives written in response to the images, an examination of the interplay between words, images, and memories.

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