Photolanguage, a collaborative art practice between the artist and photographer Nigel Green, and artist and critic Robin Wilson, was established in 1998.
Our work has consistently focused on the remains of modernism within the post-industrial city and its hinterland landscapes, in project sites that have included the cities of Calais, Copenhagen, Gloucester, London, Malmö and Paris. Through the experimental use of photography, text and found objects we engage in a radical documentation of urban and landscape sites.
We promote intuitive strategies of exploration and recording, through a peripatetic gathering of evidence, urban and landscape forays. Often working in the context of regional histories of architecture and land use, we seek to bring to the surface suppressed narratives of identity, to reevaluate the outmoded, to construct new meaning from the overlooked.
Key to our projects is the construction of a particular relationship between the ‘real’ and the ‘represented’. Our works of documentation are often exhibited in-situ, within the same territory in which they were developed. In this way, we aim for our exhibitions to directly engage with local communities and to form unexpected points of convergence between local social, political and historical forces. Our exhibitions present-back images, narratives and material samplings of the site in a way that questions established hierarchies and encourages viewers to hover productively between fact and fiction, evidence and associative fantasy.