Aspirational Curators of Photography

Anne McNeill’s curation of Lost Languages and Other Voices by Joy Gregory, uses many styles of display successfully. There are two main reasons I find McNeill inspirational firstly, she focuses a lot on the visitors of the exhibition and not just the arrangement of work. McNeill says “For me, the curator has to be sensitive not only to the needs of the artist but also to those of the visitor” (Read, 2013, p.144). I believe she says this because without the visitors, the work is obsolete. However, she also cares about the relation of works, she talks about how “the discrete sets of work echo and reflect each other” (Read, 2013, p.145). However, not distracting from the concept behind each body of work.


The view from the entrance from the exhibition, straight away the visitors are introduced to many styles of work, which defines the separate bodies of work straight away. Also, the work guides visitors round the exhibition very well by using the walls. It also includes other objects in the centre of the room, which helps to assist with guidance in a singular line through all the work. By adding these other walls and objects, it helps to fill the empty space within the gallery.


Another example of how McNeill uses the open space of the gallery can be seen in the image below. By adding two video works to the space, McNeill promotes individual engagement as well as bringing more depth to the space, reflecting positively on its aesthetic.