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Ian Treherne | Release

  • Fiumano Projects Unit 12 | 21 Wren Street London | WC1X 0HF UK (map)

Fiumano Projects is delighted to announce a major solo exhibition by British artist Ian Treherne. Release is an exhibition dedicated to Treherne’s photographic works, with special reference to his own personal journey as a partially sighted artist. Treherne’s intimate and candid portraits are the core of this exhibition. Working closely with his subjects he seeks to expose and celebrate the individual rather than simply capture a visual likeness. Each line, blemish and shadow is laid bare for the viewer to gaze upon, and with this scrutiny we come to see the character of the sitter. 

Since 2009 Treherne’s passion for photography has been the main focus of his artistic practice. Mentored by photographer Richard Foster, Ian became aware of the mechanics of photography as a child, fascinated with the magical box that froze the emotions which had transfixed his eyes onto a roll of film. It was after Ian's school life, that his two greatest passions Photography and Art began to sculpt his life. Treherne is greatly influenced by cinema, especially by the films of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin. The lighting and atmosphere in vintage films play a large part in the overall appearance of his portraiture. 

Using photography as a tool, almost as a form of compensation for his lack of sight, Treherne is able to utilise the lens of the camera, rather than his own eye, to sensitively capture the beauty and distortion of the world around him, which due to degenerative blindness (retinitis pigmentosa), he is unable to see.

In his own words:

“Having taken two years break due to eyesight deterioration, my mission as an artist is to find my place in the ever evolving society in which we live. I have never felt I ‘fitted” in as a person let alone an artist. Being a creative person has allowed me to combine my artistic practice and my disability, to show what is possible and to educate society.

Having hidden away my disadvantage for many years and struggled as a human being to participate in this world has shown me that there is a lot of work that needs to be done to change peoples perception of disability 

After being recluse for 2 years, hiding away with my shame and embarrassment, I decided that admitting and vocalizing the burden that I have carried for 20 years needed to be confronted and dealt with in order to continue living life as any human being has the right to live.

This exhibition will showcase a few of my creative passions, mixing photography, film and my woodwork. When working in portrait photography my natural inquisitiveness directs the shoot. I spend at least an hour conversing with my subject, getting to know the person, their likes and dislikes, their passions in life, finding out what they want to reveal about themselves. The aim is to shoot a person, not just a face or a body. The things we can not see are the things that make us unique, this is what I see and this is what I want the viewer and the indeed the subject see.

The exhibition will be and is a celebration of opening up, vocalising and showcasing my visions through photography. Despite losing my eyesight slowly, I still want to show society the beauty I see and the conundrum I live with. You will be able to see what I see when I take portraits. There will also be a short film presenting the limitations I face on a daily basis. I want to show and give the wider public a better and different view of Partially Blind/Deaf people, raise awareness of Usher Syndrome, these are people who suffer different loss of sight and hearing at any age.”

Later Event: April 27