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Liv Pennington » Blog Archive » Race (2005)

Liv Pennington

Artist, Mother, Lecturer, Curator

Race (2005)

Fell Over

Fadeaway

Burst

Pulled Up

Bleed out

Break Down

Withdrawn

‘Race’, is a set of seven photographs individually titled using racetrack slang, as a way of exploring ideas of fitness for purpose and to look at systems of selection.

Through filming a group of girls that work with racehorses I found myself fascinated by their use of language. Their obsession and love of horses was combined with a physical and mental hardness. The terms used to describe a horse’s injuries or not finishing a race are simplified descriptions, which mask expectations of unwanted moments of injury and ultimately the possibility of death.

The horses can be seen singularly or as a group.

c-type print, 50 cm x 50 cm, edition of 5