ART: Greta Alfaro: A Very Crafty and Tricky Contrivance

The Genesis Foundation presents the first solo exhibition in the UK by London-based Spanish artist Greta Alfaro. A Very Crafty and Tricky Contrivance, curated by Flora Fairbairn, presents two video works and a series of photographs in the Fish and Coal Building, a semi-derelict Grade II listed Victorian site in King’s Cross, London.

Greta Alfaro exhibition in King's Cross London

A black rubber carpet across a muddy road leads to a hidden door behind which in dilapidated room a spooky, quirky film plays on loop. You are not quite sure what it is, but it is compelling. Revealing layers of the original inhabitants lives in situ from the point of view of an unchanging creature. Formalised portraits follow in the next room. Change came and more is coming. So get to see this exhibition and space as one of the last vestiges of King’s Cross goes under the redeveloper.

Greta Alfaro

A Very Crafty and Tricky Contrivance, by Greta Alfaro

Central to the exhibition is a projection showing a video piece filmed by a rat in the building. Equipped with a specially created camera device attached to a harness, the rat captures through its lens a group of Edwardian office workers as they go about their daily business. A second corresponding installation shows footage recorded by the rat inside a miniature rodent-scale recreation of a similar office space. The exhibition reflects the artist’s acute interests in public versus private identity, and the contrast between aspects of the self we identify with as a society, versus the darker, more hidden side. The exhibition’s lowly-lit and empty rooms reflect the building’s awkward and ghost-like presence. In an area which now bustles with life, the Fish and Coal Building has an outdated and silent presence that, for the moment, belongs to another time. The Fish and Coal Offices, which were built in the mid 1800s, provide a fitting backdrop and an innovative temporary use of the building which will, in due course, be brought back into use as part of the King’s Cross development.

Artist Greta Alfaro and Alan Greenhalgh 27 September, Private View

Artist Greta Alfaro and Alan Greenhalgh at the exhibition

In 2011 artist Alfaro graduated with distinction with a Masters in Photography from the Royal College of Art, where she was the first beneficiary of the Genesis Photography Scholarship. The exhibition is the culmination of the Foundation’s ongoing support of the artist.

Our best wishes go out to the animal trainer who was subsequently injured by a crocodile on another shoot. Dangerous things these exhibitions.

Greta Alfaro: A Very Crafty and Tricky Contrivance Exhibition: Friday 28th September – Wednesday 24th October 2012 Open Monday – Friday 11am – 7pm, Saturday – Sunday 12pm – 5pm Fish and Coal Building Granary Square, King’s Cross, London N1C 4AA Nearest Tube St Pancras and Kings Cross.

Previous Work

European Dark Room #1, 2010 (c) by Greta Alfaro

European Dark Room #1, 2010 (c) by Greta Alfaro

Celebration #1, 2007 by (c) Greta Alfaro

Celebration #1, 2007 by (c) Greta Alfaro

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