E I G H T D A Y S
V E N E T I A D E A R D E N
PRIVATE VIEW: Wednesday 16TH NOVEMBER 6-9PM
EXHIBITION: 17TH - 24TH NOVEMBER 2011
This November, Coldharbour London is proud to present Eight Days a photographic journey by Venetia
Dearden, in collaboration with Joie. This new body of work takes us on a journey through the eyes of her
lense into America’s Burning Man Festival. This exhibition offers a glimpse of the diversity and character of
the vpeople who converge on this festival juxtaposed against the breath-taking backdrop of this wild American
landscape. From the awe - inspiring Ansel Adams-esque mountain ranges to raw and unfaffected beauty of the
Nevada desert, Dearden offers a unique take on the American dream.
“…There is no time on the road, you are just on the road, moving. Maybe this means there is a sense of doing,
so its ok to do nothing. And its lovely to do nothing but watch the land race by and know you are moving
somewhere and at some point you will arrive… “ Venetia Dearden.
Dearden, born in 1975, has spent most of her life in Somerset. In 1990, she took her first black-and-white
photography course, before setting off to East Africa, in 1994, on work placements. 2008 saw the publication
of Venetia’s first book by Kehrer Verlag, “Somerset Stories, Fivepenny Dreams”. Dearden’s second book,
“Glastonbury, Another Stage”, was published in April 2010, and exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in
London for five months. This year Venetia’s two-year collaboration with Mulberry has just culminated in a
book to celebrate their 40th anniversary - a snapshot of Mulberry lifestyle and an exciting new body of work
to be seen this year. Dearden, was mentored by Medford Taylor and received the Vic Odden Award for
British photography in 2011. Her work continues to be published worldwide: Vogue, Wallpaper, The Sunday
Times Magazine, The Saturday Telegraph Magazine, W Magazine, Harpers Bazaar, Stern Magazine, Vanidad,
Vogue Bambini, 125 Magazine among others.