Yesterday we spent the day travelling down to London to visit two major exhibitions that were happening in The Photographers' Gallery and The National Portrait Gallery.
We started at the Photographers' Gallery which featured the Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s Oct - 15 Jan 2017. This exhibition displayed 48 multimedia pieces from Photography, collage and performance by different female artists from all over the world such as Valie Export, Cindy Sherman, Francesca Woodman and Martha Rosler. These different pieces were the groundbreaking art that formed the feminist movement which generated a huge impact at the time.
A particular exhibit that stood out for me was the work of SIMON FUJIWARA: JOANNE.
I feel like I’m cheating if I say: I am a model, I am a teacher, I am a lover, I am an artist, I am a chameleon, I am a fighter... I am a person... I am a female.
Simon Fujiwara produced a short film of a former secondary school teacher, Joanne that depicts the issues she faced through social media, press and consumerism. She found herself in the middle of a scandal after her secondary school students found topless photographs that had previously been taken privately. The film depicts the affects and stereotypes driven from the headlines and public persona of Joanne after the incident. This film is presented on a loop at the back of her show, accompanied by large backlit canvas prints of her.
The National Portrait Gallery presents William Eggleston: Portraits, he is a pioneering American photographer renowned for his vivid, poetic and mysterious images. This exhibition of 100 works surveys Eggleston’s full career from the 1960s to the present day and is the most comprehensive display of his portrait photography ever.Eggleston is celebrated for his experimental use of colour and his solo show at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1976 is considered a pivotal moment in the recognition of colour photography as a contemporary art form. Highlights of the exhibition will include monumental prints of two legendary photographs first seen forty years ago: the artist’s uncle Adyn Schuyler Senior with his assistant Jasper Staples in Cassidy Bayou, Mississippi, and Devoe Money in Jackson, Mississippi.Also on display will be a selection of never-before seen vintage black and white prints from the 1960s. Featuring people in diners, petrol stations and markets in and around the artist’s home in Memphis, Tennessee, they help illustrate Eggleston’s unique view of the world.