We are delighted to announce a new exhibition of works by Darren Baldwin, Genius Loci – a Hospital in Transition from the 19th to 21st Century. The exhibition will run from October 5th to mid January in the link corridor Level 3, Thomas Kemp Tower.
Here is some further information:
These photographs by Darren Baldwin, taken during 2015 and 2016, offer a unique record of some of the hospital’s oldest structures, including the Stephen Ralli Building and the Latilla Building. These buildings are among a number that are due to be demolished in 2017 as part of the hospital’s redevelopment.
Each of the images in the exhibition offers many possible stories of events and encounters that have taken place, and of the staff and patients who occupied the spaces. They show scenes and fragments of things past – an emotional and clinical inventory of objects and spaces.
Through Darren’s eyes, we are shown the switches and handles worn by touch; the state-of-the-art machines now laid to rest; and the traces of years of staff care and attention. Most touching of all are the small signs that show how staff personalized the institutional systems of which they were part: the hand-written notes and notices, the decorations on the walls; the improvised designs. These give the vacated spaces atmosphere and character.
The pictures reflect Darren’s sensibility not just as a photographer, but as a nurse who understands the culture of the workplace and how it leaves its marks. He sees everything.
Nothing in these photographs will remain. They are valuable memories, preserved forever as images, for current generations to reflect and future generations to learn.
Darren will also be photographing the Barry Building before it is demolished.