© Mandy Lee Jandrell

Mandy Lee Jandrell
Where the Grass is Green

Shot on location in popular local and international attractions including Warwick Castle, The Eden Project and Ocean Park in Hong Kong, "Where the Grass is Green" brings together a body of new work reflecting on our enduring investment in utopian dreams of paradise.

Mandy Lee Jandrell scours the constructed leisure environment - wildlife parks, botanical gardens, historical recreations and theme parks - for her subject matter, exploring the pre-packaging of our perceptions of the "real" and the belief systems that sustain them. Her images bring into focus the mutually dependent nature of ideologies and cultural practices, where leisure environments are constructed to appeal to the aspirations of the economic and ideological systems with which they are intertwined.

Jandrell's mode of operation veers between the amateur snapshot, evoking the engrained practices of cultural tourism, and the apparently more objective full frontal gaze of the professional documentary photographer. The casual humour of her work toys with our unblinking acceptance of these pictoral languages.

Since graduating from Goldsmiths College last year Mandy Lee Jandrell's quietly observed photographic work has been consistently attracting critical acclaim, most recently with her inclusion in the Whitechapel Gallery's East End Academy, an exhibition of twenty-two of London's most promising young artists, selected by an international panel. Born in South Africa, Jandrell has lived in London since 1998. Recent exhibitions have included East End Academy, Whitechapel Art Gallery (2004), 10 Downing St, Government Art Collection, Westminster (2004), and "Take Photo Here", Joao Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa, (2004).

"Where the Grass is Green" is Jandrell's first one-person exhibition in a public space in the UK.

Exhibition: 6 November - 4 December 2004
Gallery hours: Mon-Sat noon - 9pm

Mead Gallery
Warwick Arts Centre
UK-Coventry, CV4 7AL
Telephone +44 024 7652 4524