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Elizabeth Price, KOHL, 2018, four-channel video projection, color, sound, 6 minutes.

Elizabeth Price, KOHL, 2018, four-channel video projection, color, sound, 6 minutes.

Elizabeth Price

The Whitworth

Walking into Elizabeth Price’s “A LONG MEMORY” is like entering a giant Rorschach test. A nearly symmetrical display containing two-dimensional works in the bright atrium gallery is complemented by darkened adjoining wings holding a miniretrospective of Price’s moving-image work. As a psychological mind map connecting the space between the left and right sides of the brain, so to speak, the central installation of three otherwise disparate recent works attempts to synthesize subjective dichotomies from past and present in Price’s oeuvre.

The central work in this space is The Albert Walker Archive, 2019, which presents photographs of British coal-mine shafts taken by the retired miner Albert Walker in the 1980s. They represent a fraction of what the exhibition guide calls a “cache,” a vast collection of albums (originally made for collecting family photos) that Walker used to archive the

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