21st October 2012
Twenty-one students, three tutors and Gareth gathered in the grounds of the Saatchi Gallery on Saturday 20th October to visit the Prix Pictet exhibition in particular, and for some, a visit to the Photographers Gallery afterwards to view the works of Tom Wood.
A long crocodile formed as we all trooped upstairs to the second floor and into the foyer of the two rooms the exhibition was spread over.
The theme for the Prix Pictet is ‘Power’ and how it manifests itself. Inside what I considered the first room, on the left, is a quartet of images of ‘supposedly’ powerful people from the different bases of power. Although iconic of power I personally don’t believe that they wield that much in reality. Yes they’re the talking head of a power base, but my belief is that real power is controlled by the multi-faceted, multi-national economic controllers of commerce. Although they’re possibly not a cohesive group as say a government, they wield far more power of ordinary people than possibly individual governments do. So whilst the men depicted in these images are more or less well-known, their portraits don’t depict the power that some of the other images in the galleries do.