"A New Refutation of the Viking 4 Space Mission"
Exhibition from the 4th of April until the 27th of May 2017**
"At last we can see one of the most important bodies of work in the history of colour photography. Better late than never." Martin Parr
Peter Mitchell’s groundbreaking show was first presented at the Impressions Gallery of Photography York in November 1979 - it was then the first ever colour exhibition presented in the UK -, and more recently at Arles. Now, only 38 years overdue, it will be published as a book for the first time.
In the mid-seventies, the Viking Landers were the first to land on planet Mars. Though the alien landscape was magnificent, there were no canals or skeletons or wind-blown ruined dwellings. Today, not a single trace remains of Viking Landers 3 and 4.
But myth (and conspiracy theories) have it that an alien survey was commissioned of planet Earth.
Peter Mitchell’s A New Refutation of the Viking 4 Space Mission features photos and portraits, taken in Leeds in the 1970s. The pictures show the traditional urban landscape presented on a background of space charts, the concept being that an alien has landed from Mars and is wandering around Leeds with a degree of surprise and puzzlement. In the Earthly vernacular these photographs are of Nowheresville. Yet, for some people, they are the centre of the universe. Usually they call it Home.
RRB Publishing (Bristol) and the editions Clémentine de la Féronnière, are very happy to present the book "A New Refutation of the Viking 4 Space Mission", a bilingual opus, which was entirely produced under the photographer's supervision and in the spirit of the original show. Val Williams - who was the original 1979 curator - wrote the text for the book and the exhibition.
About the exhibition :
From the 4th of April until the 13th of May 2017. Opening on the 4th of April in the artist's presence.
Photo London from the 18th until the 21rst of May 2017 (Sommerset House, First floor, stand F10)
Photographer : Peter Mitchell