‘Objects in Stereo’ is a new exhibition by British photographer Jim Naughten, whose work explores historic collections using stereoscopic photography. It presents a perspective into the practice of keeping a collection, and asks what it means to keep and care for museum objects.
For ‘Objects in Stereo’, Jim Naughten visited Blythe House in west London which, until its recent closure, was home to a wide range of objects from the collections formed by Henry Wellcome and on long-term loan to the Science Museum Group.
Naughten was one of the last artists to access the building and the collections stored there, and his images offer a glimpse of objects usually hidden from public view. Using specially created viewers, visitors can see the stereoscopic photographs in 3D, showing these usually unseen objects in beautiful detail.
Alongside are large-scale photographic views of the storerooms themselves, which reveal the architecture of the building, and of museum storage itself. These images show relationships between individual objects in store, and question how these kinds of spaces might shape our encounters with them.
For more information please visit the Wellcome Collection website.
Wellcome Collection address: 183 Euston Rd, London NW1 2BE
‘Objects in Stereo’ exhibition dates: 24 November 2022 – 23 April 2023. Opening times.
I can’t help but think of this as an awesome 21st century version of Fenton’s 1850s stereoviews of the British Museum and its objects.
Please note the title image for this post was made from a stereoview by Jim Naughten, and is part of the exhibition.
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