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Artist: Peri Sharpe
Exhibition Date: 06 March – 10 May 2017


What’s really going on, what we’re experiencing, the rest, all the rest, where is it? How should we take account of, question, describe, what happens every day and recurs every day: the banal, the quotidian, the obvious, the common, the ordinary, the infra-ordinary, the background noise, the habitual?

Georges Perec, L’infra-ordinaire: ‘Inventory of Everyday Life ‘, 1989


Taking its title and inspiration from  Georges Perec’s book, “Infra- ordinary” is about the detail and aesthetics of the everyday.

Peri Sharpe’s photographs are literally frames from life: a glove fell on the ground, a trail of a muddy footprint on the asphalt, knotted curtains, a light reflected to the entrance of the apartment. The artist draws attention to the existence of absence by photographing the moments and details that stand, flow, distort, disappear, meet in everyday life as life goes on. Just like George Perec wrote in 1974 in his book titled “An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris”: “This is what happens when nothing happens; time, people, cars, clouds.

At a time when we desire and pursue what is always extraordinary, out-of-ordinary, rare, unseen, unheard in life, as in art, Peri Sharpe’s photographs, hidden in the details, invite the visitors to look at the big picture and to celebrate life with the most ordinary and everyday things.