Tales of the Forgotten
Solo exhibition of altered photos by London-based, Italy-born paper storyteller Jack Ravi. It showcases 23 original small works that can sit in the palm of a hand. All works are made from found objects and original vintage photographs that are altered, embellished or assembled to provide a new story, all inside TOD, an unconventional art gallery.
TOD, The Open Dresser, is a warm recipient for these portraits frozen in time and shares a similar past. It was bought second hand from a charity shop and ended up discarded in the garden out in the rain. Eventually it was saved and repurposed to become something beautiful and meaningful, just like Jack Ravi’s snapshots from the past.
Who Put the Stars at the Bottom of the Ocean?
Jack makes evocative collages that begin with what’s already there, like the little “treasures” discovered during nature walks. The artist often looks at a more sustainable way of creating, finding value in objects that already come with their own history. They use irony and tenderness, and let the pieces come together organically when they’re ready to whisper a new story. When you imagine love affairs, contradictions, joys and secrets of people you’ve never met, you’re drawing a visual poem. In each poem there is an underlying sense of waiting, a tongue in cheek smile, a moment of nostalgia that challenges your senses.
These works explore memory and play, masculinity and gender norms, they take you back to a time of simplicity, of stories around the campfire, they speak of hidden identities and silenced voices, of love called friendship, of motherhood and abandonment, and they carry within a longing for silence. The photographs, sourced in charity shops and flea markets pre-lockdown, are now mainly acquired at online auctions or donated by fellow artists. Red cotton threads, candles, keys, old paper fragments are some of the elements the artist uses to bring old, discarded photographs to new life. How can photos from the past century be so relevant today? Maybe they were woven with the threads of a collective consciousness that we’re now trying to untangle.
It is the Tale of the Forgotten,
Unpolished Tale Of Crippled Dancers
And Unrequited Loves,
The Tale of Loneliness,
Of Lust,Freaks and
Warm Tears And Cold Teas,
The Tale of Pain and Laughter,
Toys and Wishes,
Breaths of Hope,
And Extinguished Stars.
Get lost in the woods and create your own magic.
“Jack’s work is as exciting as it is spellbinding. Each object within their collages and assemblage art is carefully selected to tell a stirring, yet sensitive story. I find myself decoding and analysing them as one would a celebrated, old poem. Yet, like poetry, I want to simply let their beautiful meanings and nature wash over me like a sea of mystery, charm and intrigue. Jack’s sense of duty is truly incredible - duty to tell stories, to speak the truth, to raise awareness of issues within the world, to challenge us, to teach us.” (Cit. Hannah Yager, Founder of The Creative Feminists)