Israeli-born photographer Ori Gersht's commission for Chisenhale comprises a 360-degree, seventeen metre long photograph taken from the centre-spot of Wembley Stadium. Minutes before kick-off at the England versus Brazil International match, Gersht placed a specially constructed rotating camera in the centre of the pitch and exposed an extraordinary panoramic image.
The result is a remarkable and epic document of the penultimate football game to be played at Wembley, before the stadium’s demolition in the autumn of 2000. Providing an expansive and intensely detailed view of the stadium, Gersht’s vast photograph transforms a familiar site into a commemoration of this legendary cultural venue. The commission further raises issues concerning regeneration, architectural change and expressions of national identity at a time of rapid globalisation.
Ori Gersht was born in Israel and is currently based in the UK. He has produced several photographic series including Afterwars, a project documenting the aftermath of conflict in Sarajevo.
Pitch was sponsored by Powerprint Partnership, Alusuisse Composites UK, Gradav Theatre Lighting, The Embassy of Israel, Display Graphics Ltd., Kent Institute of Art and Design.