Monday 30 April
17:15 - 18:30
North: Fashioning Identities with Adam Murray
North explores the way the North of England is depicted, constructed and celebrated in select photographs, artworks and fashion collections. The show brings together collective visions of the North, unpicking themes that regularly appear in design and media.
Featured objects include documentary work dating back over eighty years, and fashion media from the last thirty years. The ways in which the realities captured in the early project have become tropes, rehashed and recreated year on year, season on season is considered. In Looking North, the cultural historian Dave Russell writes, ‘The real skill will be in learning to look beneath the clichés and habits of imagination that lie at the heart of these myths.’ With this in mind, the exhibition is both about the style and cultural heritage of the North, and the ways in which ideals of it – the clothes, the music, the smells, the houses, the men, the women, the communities – have spread and, in turn, been shaped by others through visual representations. It is about the evolution of tradition, character and identity as much as it is photography and fashion.
Adam Murray is an academic, photographer and curator whose practice and research is rooted in photography and the fashion image. He is co-founder of photography collective Preston is my Paris, with work held in the Tate Library, featured in The Photobook: A History Vol 3 and exhibited internationally. internationally. Most recently he co-curated North: Identity, Photography, Fashion with Lou Stoppard at Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool which then toured to Somerset House, London with the title North: Fashioning Identity. He currently teaches at Central Saint Martins and Manchester School of Art.