Craig Ames, Ulf Aminde, Haley Austin, Natasha Caruana, Nick Crowe & Ian Rawlinson, Melanie Friend, Gilbert & George, Julian Germain, Paul Graham, Chris Harrison, Nigel Henderson, Jeremy Hutchison, Yee I-Lann, Bob Jardine, James O Jenkins, Linder, *Melanie Manchot, Daniel Meadows, Gustav Metzger, Tim Mitchell, Martin Parr, Reynold Reynolds, Reynold Reynolds with Patrick Jolley, Simon Roberts, Thiago Rocha Pitta, Daniele Sambo, Jo Spence, John Stezaker, Homer Sykes, Stuart Whipps
You Are The Company In Which You Keepreveals the diverse ways in which photographers and artists using lens-based media have created images that map out our new social networks – observing the patterns which structure our social existence, or forecasting what the twenty-first century has yet to bring. Many of the artists might be described as working in anthropological or ethnographic ways, observing how our experience of the world is mediated through the camera lens, and asking how far photographic images structure our imagination. They ask: in the twenty-first century, are images the means by which we are socialised, and the means by which we can know ourselves? Do the images that we consume and internalise become the imaginative materials that we are made of?
The exhibition spans the two neighbouring venues of Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art and Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, with each examining separate aspects of how photographic images now suffuse every aspect of our lives. At NGCA, more than 20 artists investigate how the neoliberal economics and continuing military muscle of so-called post-industrial countries determine how far the modern world is being shaped. At NGCA we also encounter revisionist views of early bodies of work by now leading figures in the field – including Martin Parr, Nigel Henderson and Paul Graham. Alongside are brand new work by practitioners such as Tim Mitchell, and several major commissions by artists including Stuart Whipps and Craig Ames. At Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, seven artists re-examine the ideas of the portrait and portrait studio, reassessing how we present our own image to the world. The exhibition includes work by radical figures of the recent past such as Jo Spence alongside UK premieres of work by emerging artists such as Natasha Caruana and James O Jenkins, and by international figures such as Yee I-Lann, whose work also features in the exhibition ‘The (Post) Colonial Photo Studio II’ in the NGCA Project Space.
Exhibition Preview: 18 October 2013, 6.00-9.00pm
Curator Tour: 19 October 2013, 1.00-2.00pm
Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, City Library and Arts Centre, Fawcett Street, Sunderland SR1 1RE. www.ngca.co.uk Opening Times: 28 September – 23 November 2013. 9:30am – 5:00pm daily except Wed open until 7:00pm, Saturday 10.00am-4.00pm. Closed Sundays.
*Portraits from Melanie Manchot’s recent project Tracer, commissioned by Great North Run Culture will be shown on an Adshel from 7 October -17 November 2013. Borough Road, Sunderland, SR1 1PS. Related event: Artist Talk: Melanie Manchot.
Tim Mitchell, from A Fish out of Water
Reynold Reynolds, Burn
Julian Germain, Escuela Secondaria Básica Osvaldo Herrera González, San Fernando de Camarones, Municipio Palmira, Cuba. Year 7, Maths. December 7th, 2011, from from Classroom Portraits James O Jenkins, Hunting the Earl of Rone, from United Kingdom Melanie Manchot, Tracer – Aaron, Apeuro Freerunning