The Experience of History
new and recent work by david gledhill
Dates: 7 December – 24 January
open every Monday, Thursday and Friday 12-5pm.
(Closed December 21 – January 6)
Private View: Friday January 10 6-9pm
Location: Rogue Project Space
4 Barrass Street
the experience of history is an exhibition of paintings, films and objects based on and incorporating amateur snapshots acquired from flea markets in Europe during the past 10 years.
Most of the photographs were taken between 1930 and 1945 and provide a glimpse of a momentous period in modern history, as recorded by citizen photographers.
The exhibition features four linked projects produced between 2014 and 2019. The source material for ‘Poland 1940-1941’ is an album of photographs probably taken by a German civil administrator posted to Sosnowiec near Oświęcim (Auschwitz) in southern Poland in June 1940. ‘The Berlin Olympic Village Project’ features paintings adapted from amateur snapshots of the Olympic Village during the Games in 1936, together with paintings and films that depict the Village as it appeared in 2015. ‘Karel/Karl’ includes paintings based on photographs from a box of personal effects that belonged to an ethnic German carpenter from Czechoslovakia, together with assemblages that combine paintings with furniture, suitcases and documents from the box. The triptych entitled ‘Ruth Finger’ was developed from three images in a wallet of photographs taken in Germany during the 1940s.
Timed to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the start of the Second World War and at a turning point in British history, the exhibition shows how previously tolerant populations can be persuaded to identify with extremist ideologies through a process of indoctrination, scapegoating and pageantry.
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