Gallery Event | Lynda Laird and Infrared Film
Thursday 25 January, 7-8.30pm
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On the 6th June 1944 allied forces launched the biggest amphibious military attack in history, landing along 50 miles of the heavily fortified Normandy coast and creating a significant dent in Hitler’s Atlantic wall. ‘Operation Overlord’ began the liberation of the German occupied coast of North West Europe; it was the beginning of the end of WW2
The images were taken in and around the coastal bunkers along the Atlantic wall from Utah beach to Deauville. In part, I used infrared film – created by the military in WW2 to detect camouflage and expose a visual spectrum that’s invisible to the naked eye.
The video was shot in the sea of the D-Day beaches at the exact time of the landings.
The words belong to Odette Brefort; she lived in Deauville during the German Occupation and throughout WW2. She was a member of the French Resistance, providing military intelligence on the German defenses by drawing intricate and beautiful maps to send to her comrades in Paris.
Lynda is a photographic artist working on long term bodies of work; primarily focusing on landscape and the idea that memory is stored in place; that there are trace’s and an imprint of history stored in the buildings, landscapes and spaces where specific events have occurred.
These traces, she believes can be sensed through an intuition and feeling of a particular environment; its for this reason she is interested in exploring ways of showing what is invisible to the naked eye. As well as photography, she works with video, sound and archive; collecting objects and testimony from these spaces as well as employing camera-less techniques in an attempt to find a way to collaborate with the subject. She likes to work with the materiality of specific landscapes, bringing a trace of its history and memory in to the work. She is interested in how bringing these elements together can be a trigger for stimulating memory and creating a sense of place.