Monthly Archives: March 2014

COMING UP: Herstories

We are delighted to announce our new exhibition ‘Herstories’, an art exhibition of oral history. The exhibition will take place from 26th – 29th March at The Strand Gallery.

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In our society women’s voices are often lost and unrecorded, particularly those of ordinary citizens. Therefore curator and founder, Radhika  Hettiarachchi came up with the idea to record histories, experiences and hopes of different families from a mother’s point of view. Mothers are often known to be the guardian of a family and therefore Radhika wanted to collect stories of mothers from the south, east and north of Sri Lanka.

With their collection being divided into hand written letters, photo essays, short videos, collective timelines and memory mapping, each of them tells us a extraordinary story of ordinary mothers living through such a difficult time.

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With herstories, the project expects to raise awareness among people who may not have otherwise known about the hardships different mothers have gone through in their lives. Many mothers in Sri Lanka may have lost their husbands and children in the war, and some still live with death, displacement and disability.

As many people might think that women like these don’t want to talk about their lives and what they have been through, Radhika found that they were surprisingly eager to talk to and had generous memories  of the whole family.

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Radhika stated that, “These women really wanted to leave something of themselves behind for the future and the idea that their words were going to be somewhere forever, was wonderful for them.”  The idea of herstories is not only to showcase a shared history but also to show how Sri Lankan’s are rooted in multiple identities.

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Up until now, the collection of herstories was only presented through a travelling exhibition in Ampara, Colombo and Galle in 2013. Therefore we are very delighted to host their first show in Europe which will showcase 60 pieces from the full 270 strong herstories collection.  However their entire collection will be archived online on their website.

The exhibition can be seen at The Strand Gallery from March 26th to March 30th, 11am t 7pm.

SPOTLIGHT: Eloy Morales

On one of my most recent ventures around the internet, I stumbled upon some interesting looking photographs depicting a male face covered in splodges of paint. I thought they were pretty cool and scrolled down to get some information on the photographer, and to my disbelief I saw that they were in fact paintings. Needless to say, my mind was blown. And I think if you take a look at the photos you will feel the same way!

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Absolutely stunning! To this day I still find it hard to believe that these pieces are painstakingly made with paint. Each piece takes around a month to complete, if Morales stays on top of his eight hour studio days. Each image portrays and reflects Morales’ relationship with paint, and before this series he had never painted a self-portrait before.

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What I find most enthralling about each image is the life the subject has behind his eyes. With other hyperreal artists you tend to find that something gives away their medium, be it a lack of a gleam in the eye or hairs that look slightly too fake. Not with Morales. Each and every portrait in this series brings the same eerily-human representation that stuns every single viewer.

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All images © Eloy Morales.

For further examples of Morales’ work, please see his website here.

COMING UP: Where do I belong?

Following their Portraits of Britain Exhibition at The Strand Gallery in November 2012. The  Economic and Social Research Council, who fund research into the social and economic questions facing us today, present ‘Where Do I Belong?‘, a photography competition for young people aged 14-18.

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In an exhibition which explores the creativity of young people around the UK, the competition challenges the contestants to give their unique view of society and to ask themselves the question ‘Where Do I belong?’.  The show manifests the way Social Science is constantly present in our every day lives, at work or school and even when exploring identity and expressing belief.

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Exhibited through various categories, such as family & friends, my community, interests & hobbies, opinions & beliefs, country & future, each piece showcases a different area of society, producing an enlightening exhibition, that poses questions about life for young people in the modern age.  

DCIM101GOPRO With over 2000 entrants from 332 schools across the UK, it is an eye opening exhibition, showing the way young people view their place in society today, bringing Social Science into the classroom, whilst engaging young people in creative projects. An eye opening exhibition, this is not one to be missed.

‘Where Do I Belong?’  will be showing at The Strand Gallery from 18th – 22nd March 2014, 11am – 6pm.