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The Country Life series, curated by Val Williams, invited artists to respond to the George Garland Collection, archived at the West Sussex County Records Office. Garland made thousands of photographs from his studio in Petworth of the rural England that he knew would soon disappear.
The second commission in the series, German artist Joachim Schmid combined portraits by George Garland with fragments of newspaper articles drawn from the West Sussex Records Office. Schmid’s photography quietly resonates with the details of real lives and experiences, echoing the sense of place and a particular rural way of life. But, more broadly, the work dwells on the nature of history and memory and on how we understand the past through the partial narratives contained in, and created by, archives.
Published in 2000
158mm x 100mm
28 colour plates