artist, Roni Horn
was shortlisted for the Citibank Photography Prize
2001. Her installation
was entitled Still Water (The River Thames, for Example)
. Inspired by the murky
waters of The Thames, it's a series of large format photographs framed by footnotes
of text. The detailed
images of the water
are surprisingly varied
and contain more than you could imagine of simple close-up picture of The Thames
Tiny numbers all over the photo refer you to particular footnotes, which are anecdotes and thoughts written by Horn over the course of a year - they bear little or no relation to the water but work well to add depth to the images.
According to artist herself: 'Much of it was written as reverie, my reverie, evolving quickly into a manic, litany with chorus-like elements... I wrote these notes in the solitude of myself but I did so anticipating your arrival.'
Despite this rather pretentious and off-putting description of the idea behind the work, if you get the chance to see it, you will probably find something more real to take away from it, as I did.