The Hills Are My Palace - Simon Bray
Open: Monday 7th October - Sunday 20th October // Time TBC
The cultures of Wales and Rajasthan both have a rich history rooted deep in religion, mythology and communities united by folk music. Although largely intangible, Simon explores this union through pairing images of the Welsh landscape with Indian architecture.
Each combination of photographs converses over form, tone and subject matter, opening up the dialogue between these two magical parts of the world. Constructed elements built many generations ago, high within the Welsh hills, mirror ancient Rajasthani architectural grandeur, locations of great historic significance, forts held by rulers and kings to mark territory and keep enemies at bay. The peaks and vantage points within both regions offer a protected and preserved landscape that maintain their mystery and intrigue to this day.
The photographs are selected from two recent projects. Images of Wales are taken from ‘The Edges of These Isles’, a collaboration with artist Tom Musgrove. Traveling to seven locations across the UK they each made a piece of work inspired by the locations, using their chosen mediums. ‘The Limited Findings of a Westerner’s Short Stay in Rajasthan’, is a series of images Simon made during an overwhelming two week visit to Rajasthan, subsequently released as a book by Let’s Explore Publishing.
These images were originally gathered together and printed for the ‘Festival of Voice’ at Wales Millennium Centre, marking a celebration of traditional Welsh and Indian folk music.
Simon Bray is a Manchester based artist and creative producer, currently utilising photography, audio, installation and text to explore the notions of loss, identity and place. Through project collaborations with artists and participants, he looks to encourage the exploration of our connection with locations formed through memory, shared experience and emotional response.
His work has been shown at Manchester International Festival, The Whitworth, Southbank Centre, Brighton Photo Biennial, The Guardian, Telegraph Magazine, BBC In Pictures and BBC Breakfast TV. In 2018, Simon worked with British documentary photographer Martin Parr, producing his commission for Manchester Art Gallery.