An overview of this work on the website of the New Museum, New York, highlights the “evidence of absence” in Rosler’s work.
On a recent trip to Southend on Sea, I was struck by the fact that many of the amusement arcades carried names with appeared to promise something much more ‘exotic’ than the reality. In the photographs shown here, converted to black and white, the ‘evidence of absence’ seems further amplified by the fact that they were taken during the close season, without the presence of holiday makers….
Footnote to the residents of Southend. This isn’t an attempt to portray the place as an Essex version of the Bowery. It’s just that I arrived here at the end of my abortive trip to photograph the A13…
So just to redress the balance, a couple of shots of Southsea out of season.