CULTURE OF A THOUSAND YEARS
These mise-en-scènes photographs take a cinematic construct, yet, “Old Master”-ly approach to photography.
The sets and props (all of which Nash creates in his studio) are richly coloured and packed with darkly romantic symbolism. They are a bleakly comedic “nature show” exploring the human condition and behaviour. The central figure(s), is often placed in an awkward setting surrounded with symbols of fertility, technology, death and knowledge to display their self-assertive ability to deal with such an uncanny situation, raising questions about freewill and where it fits in with our biological make-up. Works touch on a variety of aspects relating to the human condition, ranging from a character’s irrational urge to reproduce to the sudden realisation of certain death; still, others grapple with the burdens brought on by technology and by knowledge. All raise the question of freewill: Does it exist or are we slaves to our biology, instinctually following a set of survival skills that override the ideological concept of “freewill”?