September 24th to 1st November
Love Bomb, charts evidence of Love and Hate through a series of still lives constructed and informed by sorcery, chemistry and psychotherapy. The photographic work is a response to the breakup of a relationship and metaphorical investigation of the links between the two emotions on wider scale. Restlessly the artist documents her attempts to stay in love, searching for love potions on the Internet then making and photographing them in her studio. Interspersed amongst these attempts is the documentation of her self-destruction these are depicted through the collecting, making and documentation of bombs.
Countless stories of love, heartbreak, violence and even murder appear in the media daily. Love and hate both exist within our culture and relationships, and in fact this balancing act arises from our own biological make up. Scientists studying the physical nature of hate, have observed how our brains neurons display similar activity during the feeling of romantic love and when experiencing emotions of hate.
The series expands around a central metaphor; love potions and bombs, pairing point and shoot images with handwritten text detailing the ingredients of each concoction. The pages are interspersed with ominous headlines of lovers feuds and personal documents that establish the theme on both a universal and personal level.
Caruana is a photographic artist living and working in London. She has an MA in photography from the Royal College of Art – London and is a Senior Lecturer of Photography at the University for the Creative Arts, Surrey, UK. In 2010 Caruana cofounded the London based STRIKE artists studios. In 2014 Caruana was named as the winner of the BMW Artist in Residency Award 2014 at musée Nicéphore Niépce, France.Caruana’s own art practice is grounded in research concerned with narratives of love, betrayal and fantasy. Significant to all Caruana’s work is the questioning of how today’s technology is impacting relationships. Her work has been shown internationally from the United States, Poland, Germany, China, Australia and Saudi Arabia. Her series ‘Married Man’ and ‘Fairytale for Sale’ have been included in numerous contemporary photographic catalogues, the latter printed as a monograph, and both have toured widely. Her work is held in numerous private collections and in the public collections of the British Library, The Women’s Library and The Kinsey Institute in the United States.
Caruana was nominated and shortlisted for the 2014 Foam Paul Huf Award, the Deutsche Bank Pyramid prize in 2008 and for the National Magazine Awards in 2007. Caruana has been named as the one to watch in the Royal Photographic Society Journal and selected by the Humble Arts Foundation as one of 18 leading female art photographers currently working in the UK.