Arts Derbyshire


Exhibition Highlight: A Perfect Sentence – Oliver Frank Chanarin

Museum of Making, 17 March – 3 September 2023



Oliver Frank Chanarin, with Adam, 10 x 8 inches, c-type print, 2022 unique artist proof (#0192888727), 2023. Commissioned and produced by Forma, in collaboration with nine UK organisations. Supported by Arts Council England National Project Grant and the Art Fund.

A Perfect Sentence explores the shifting terrain of documentary photography: our drive for attention, the complexity of being seen and our anxiety of being overlooked. Commissioned and produced by Forma with eight partners, A Perfect Sentence is Oliver Frank Chanarin’s first UK solo exhibition and will see multiple presentations across the country, public acquisitions, a digital platform and a publication.

Throughout 2022, Chanarin undertook multiple journeys across the UK, often finding himself on the margins – from suburban fetish groups, to carnival troupes in community halls, to gender activists protesting in the streets. His analogue camera became a tool for social exchange. Collaborative photoshoots gave way to chance encounters with strangers and friends, missteps and wilful attempts at getting lost in the world. The resulting photographs capture a subjective and intimate record of a nation in transition.

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