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Craigie Horsfield, b.1949

Ul. Mazowiecka 131, Krakow, May 19731990

The title of this work refers to the street in Krakow where the artist lived for seven years, and where the scissors were photographed. The work is given two dates, the date on which the photograph was taken and the date on which it was printed, some twenty years later, drawing attention to the passage of time but also the passage of understanding. Once printed, the negative was then destroyed, turning the endlessly reproducible photograph into a unique artwork.

Craigie Horsfield’s work is informed by a debate about the individual and the community and art’s relationship to the physical world in which we live. His non-narrative photographs of individual people and objects in space continue the tradition of medieval artists in northern Europe such as Van Eyck, which respects and explores the uniqueness and independence of the subject. The artist states that “…my writing and my photography share one thing and that is the language of the commonplace… (the) intention is historical – the relation of the present to the past”*.

*Craigie Horsfield ‘A dicussion with Jean-François Chevrier and James Lingwood’, ICA, London, 1991.

MediumUnique photograph
Dimensions140 x 125 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 1993
Item NumberIMMA.427
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Craigie Horsfield, Ul. Mazowiecka 131, Krakow, May 1973, 1990, Unique photograph, 140 x 125 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 1993

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About the Artist

Craigie Horsfield b.1949

The work of British artist Craigie Horsfield is informed by a debate about the individual and the community, and arts relationship to the world in which we live. His non-narrative photographs of individual people and objects in space use the language of the commonplace to investigate the relation of the past to the present. Horsfield was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1996. More recently, Horsfield has been producing photo tapestries. Those were the subject of a large solo exhibition at M HKA, Antwerp, in 2010. — View Artist »