Sunday, 10 October 2010

The House Of The Vernacular

The first show that I have become a part of whilst working with Fabrica is the current 'House Of The Vernacular'. This exhibit is part of the Brighton Photo Biennial and runs from October 2nd until November 28th.

The exhibition is curated by Martin Parr and is a collection of photographs from around the world, mainly set in the Cold War period. The photos range from amateur to professional but are strictly not in the vain of being portrayed for art but for a specific purpose in industry or doccumentation.

The seven rooms of the 'house' include a room of black and white Brazilian photos that have been painted over in colour in a method of making family portraits look more luxurious in the days before Photoshop as well as a room slides showing West German economy and industrial stability just after World War Two.

Along side this we have photos of litter bins from around the world (1950s - 60s), journalistic images of the interiors of dictators private planes, American family photographs from the Museum Of Modern conflict and street photos of men in hats from Bogota, Colombia.

Not to mention a room full of awkward looking babies.

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