Matt Collishaw

Karsten Schubert

For his recent show at Karsten Schubert, Mat Collishaw transformed the gallery by painting the walls a dark red and splitting the room in two with a wire fence, into a space reminiscent of a Victorian-era red-light district. On either side of the fence, Collishaw had installed separate pieces. Both evoked a sheer delight in spectacle reminiscent of the early days of motion pictures and of late-19th-century optical devices, while addressing the urban poverty that is as prevalent today as it was in Dickens’ age.

One of these two works, accompanied by a recording of jaunty accordion music, comprised a series of photographs—each depicting a busker begging for money—revolving on a drum as if in imitation of an antique optical device. These photographs were filmed by a video camera and then projected onto the wall. In the second piece a contemporary image of a rather poignant scene—an emotionally

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