Don't miss this chance to hear Murray Ballard talk about his work in the exhibition The Prospect of Immortality and join in the question and answer session afterwards.
The Prospect of Immortality offers an amazing photographic insight into the practice of cryonics: the process of freezing a human body after death in the hope that scientific advances may one day bring it back to life.
Premiering at Impressions Gallery, this is Murray Ballard’s first major solo show.
Ballard’s images take the viewer on a journey through the tiny but dedicated international cryonics community, from the English seaside retirement town of Peacehaven; to the high-tech laboratories of Arizona; to the rudimentary facilities of Kriorus, just outside Moscow. Currently 150 ‘patients’ worldwide are stored permanently in liquid nitrogen, with a further thousand people signed up for cryonics after death.
Whilst members have often been ridiculed for their views, Ballard takes an objective stance, allowing the viewer to consider the ethics of the practice, and to decide whether members are caught up in a fantasy world or are actually furthering genuine scientific innovation. Alongside fascinating representations of the technical processes, Ballard sensitively portrays the people involved, offering a human dimension to his account of this 21st century attempt to conquer the age-old quest for immortality.
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Image: Perfusion kit © Murray Ballard
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Impressions Gallery is an independent, not-for-profit space for contemporary photography. Our mission is to show photography that gets you looking, thinking and talking.
We opened forty years ago as one of the first specialist photography galleries in the country, and played a vital role in changing the way people think about photography. With an international reputation, we’re proud to be in Bradford, the worlds first UNESCO City of Film. We continue to support and encourage artists and photographers who challenge and change photography.
We believe photography is for everyone. Every year over 50,000 people visit our exhibitions, take part in workshop and events, or come together to exchange ideas in a friendly environment. Be inspired and join in.
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