Other Ways of Knowing is an exploration into the theatrical illusion of magic and misdirection in comparison to ideas of criminal hoax, deceit and trickery. The pairing of these concepts, visually aims to examine how our perceptions interpret and inform our understanding of information in different contexts through the employment of deceptive clues, false emphasis, and symbolic meaning.

How we interpret information can be understood through methods described as ‘Ways of Knowing’; the tools that help us scientifically break down how we come to know or acquire knowledge.

There are eight methods, Language, Sense-perception, Emotion, Reason, Imagination, Faith, Intuition and Memory. My series Other Ways of Knowing focuses on visual perception; against that of our own instinct. Adapting these methods by concentrating on aesthetic judgements, the photographs play with intuitive understandings of what we’re seeing, asking us to judge for ourselves whether what we encounter is fact or fiction. I’m interested in how what we expect to see, affects what we actually observe and if that can be manipulated.

About the Artist
Born in Hong Kong and based in UK, Alexandra Lethbridge graduated from the University of Brighton with a Masters in Photography. Previously from Winchester School of Art, UK and the International Center of Photography in New York. Lethbridge’s research-based practice consists of found photographs, archival imagery and self-constructed images. Drawing upon many references and source material, she combines scientific theory with fabricated images, linking them to tell a story.

Her work has been exhibited in recent shows including Unseen Festival, Fotofestiwal, The Quin, and Christie’s Auction House. She was a finalist for ING Unseen Talent Award 2017, and winner for Flash Forward Magenta Foundation 2017. Her publication, ‘The Meteorite Hunter’, was shortlisted for the Paris Photo Aperture Foundation First PhotoBook Award and The Anamorphosis Prize, part of the MOMA’s book collection.

International Portfolio Showcase

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05 Oct—30 Oct
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