HIDDEN HISTORIES 

This online show is a visual exploration of the topic of Hidden Histories and the multi-faceted forms this theme takes shape in. The selected artists address what these histories could be, why they are still prevalent in today's contemporary society, why it is vital for them to be raised and explored in art as well as photography in the present-day. 

 

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The works selected for the exhibition open up personal and concealed stories, from American witch executions, abuse in state care in Aotearoa/New Zealand, forced name-changes of the Muslim population in Bulgaria, Oregon's ghost towns, rapid urbanisation of rural northern Bulgaria intertwined with lost memories, individual and collective memory in relation to the land in Lithuania, the perceptions of past selves and how that influences our social-construct, to forgotten US naval factories in Kanagawa, Japan. Additionally, other selected works analyse environmental topics in Italy, allotment gardens hiding from urbanisation, a popular but now forgotten Soviet Green City, and gender stereotypes associated with classical dance. 

 

We are delighted to share these projects with you, as these stories are as relevant today as they would have been in the past.

 

This exhibition showcases the work of 13 photographers and visual artists, their profiles can be found below.

 FEATURED ARTISTS 
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Secrecy is not an ‘abstract idea’ but ‘a series of physical, legal, social, cultural, economic institutions and as such it is made out of the same stuff as the rest of the world. Secrecy, that is, has a materiality, leaving traces that can consequently become the focus of artistic practice.
 
(Paglen in Aesthetics of the Secret. Birchall, p. 33)
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IN CONVERSATION WITH  |   2020