In/Ex is a photographic series that documents the effect of economic and social change in relation to a specifically local architectural landscape. Current economic policies have rendered many public buildings obsolete, earmarked for demolition or redevelopment via the private sector. Kenneth Pleban photographs room interiors within these discarded institutional sites, seeking to record the effects of bureaucratic change. Before photographing the scene, Pleban actively re-arranges furniture and objects in order to create a compositional aesthetic that highlights the room's former habitation and function. Pleban's intention is at once documentary and philosophical. As still lives, his images focus intently upon interior detail and everyday minutiae. The absent stillness of an empty room is rendered in such intensity as to produce a uncanny, giddy sense of movement. These interiors seem to hover in space, creating a sense of psychological intervention and interval. The camera's lengthy consideration of its subject-matter is everywhere apparent.
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