HackelBury Fine Art presents 'Cross Road Blues', the first exhibition by British photographer Oli Kellett (16 November 2018 – 23 February 2019), for which large-format photographs of intersections in the US were created. The photographer deals in this very atmospheric series reminiscent of a movie set with the time that we (inevitably) take when waiting at red lights and street crossings. Each picture tells its own little story.
The photographer on his project: "Legend has it that Robert Johnson, the Delta Blues musician, met the devil at a crossroads outside Memphis and sold his soul in exchange for his musical talents. He was forever plagued despite his success. Faustian Tales are more popular at times of moral crisis. We live in an era of fake news, political polarization and algorithmic echo chambers. Our experience of the world is fractured as we live out multiple identities on and offline. Crossroads are a democratic place. We all have to wait. Being held at a ‘DON’T WALK’ sign allows us a few seconds, and occasionally minutes, to ask ourselves ‘Where do we come from?’ and ‘Where are we going?’"
Oli Kellett (* 1983) is a British photographer based in Hastings, UK. After graduating from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, he spent four years writing scripts for TV adverts before focusing full time on photography in 2008. In 2018, he was awarded both the Royal Academy Arts Club Award (for artists aged 35 or under and work in any medium) and the Royal Academy Rose Award for Photography for his work included in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
HackelBury Fine Art
4 Launceston Place London W8 5RL
Oli Kellett: Cross Road Blues
16th November 2018 – 23rd February 2019