ANOTHER EYE is Four Corners Winter / Spring programme celebrating photography by refugees and migrants to Britain from the 1930s to today.
HEARTFIELD: ONE MAN’S WAR
Open now until 1 February 2020
CLOSED OVER CHRISTMAS
20.12.19 – 07.01.21
NO LATE OPENING ON 19 DECEMBER
Revisiting the father of photomontage, John Heartfield. Armed with scissors, paste and acerbic wit, Heartfield used art as a political weapon. Risking his life under Hitler’s Third Reich, he subverted Nazi imagery to reveal the political threats of 1930s Germany.
80 years since the outbreak of World War Two, Heartfield’s work foregrounds the need for artistic agitation in challenging times. His striking photomontages offer inspiration in our own era of rising far-right politics, racism and the blurring of fact and fake news.
33 of Heartfield’s scathingly satirical artworks are shown alongside a fascinating collection of historic artefacts.
From Heartfield to Memes: Lessons from History Sabine Kriebel (University College Cork) discusses the significance of John Heartfield’s mass-circulation photomontages in today’s era of the meme. Book here
18.00 – 20.00
Pop in and meet the curators, who will be on hand to share insights into Heartfield’s work.
Apologies, this event has been cancelled. The exhibition will still remain open until 8.30pm.
Trademark John Heartfield Professor Andres Zervigon shared John Heartfield’s journey from advertising student to political photomontage artist.
Peter Kennard: Visual Dissent Renowned photomontage artist Peter Kennard joined us to discuss his new book and the influence of John Heartfield upon his work. Part of Insiders/Outsiders Festival, which celebrates the contribution of refugees from Nazi Europe to British culture. The exhibition is curated by Four Corners and John Hyatt, Director of The Institute of Art and Technology, Liverpool John Moores University.
WOMEN EXILE PHOTOGRAPHERS
February – May 2020
This exhibition brings together work by Dorothy Bohm, Gerti Deutsch and Lotte Meitner-Graf alongside lesser-known women photographers who came to Britain as refugees in the 1930s.
Showcasing portraiture, photo-stories and East End street photography, the exhibition will reflect upon these artists’ representations of ‘Britishness’, considering how their experience as female outsiders shaped their images. It will be accompanied by a one-day Symposium, delivered in partnership with Birkbeck. Further details coming soon.
A public talks programme will collaborate with Fast Forward Women in Photography to explore the work of contemporary women photographers from migrant and displaced backgrounds.
More details coming soon.
Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, the Barry Amiel & Norman Melburn Trust and the Paul Mellon Centre.
Further information and work by John Heartfield can be found at Akademie der Künste archives and The Official John Heartfield Exhibition, a website curated by John Heartfield’s grandson, John J Heartfield.
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