Thursday, 1 November 2012

exhibition: everything was moving

Yesterday I ventured up the The Barbican to check out their current exhibition 'Everything Was Moving: Photography From the 60s and 70s'. I wasn't sure what to expect, I hadn't read up on the exhibition at all before I went which perhaps was a bit of a mistake! However there's plenty of accompanying text once your up there and a handy exhibition guide. The show brings together work from photographers from around the world whose work has captured some of the most turbulent and world changing events from the 60s and 70s with everything from civil rights to the cold war. I wouldn't say it was the best exhibition I've seen but perhaps that's because it doesn't tick the right boxes for me in terms of inspiration, it was however very thought provoking, interesting and gave fantastic insight to various events across those decades. I found the work of Sigmar Polke and Boris Mikhailov particularly engaging however I can't find any examples of the particular bodies of work that were on show to share - a problem to perhaps keep in mind if you are taking students and wanting them to write it up - there's no photography allowed in the space so you'd have to make sure you picked up the catalogue! In terms of taking students along I think it would depend entirely on what your current project is and to be honest because of the subject matter I think it's most suitable for the post 16s. It would work really well if you're doing a project about documentary photography, protest, social issues, or portraiture. You can watch/listen to some great artists talks relating to the exhibition which would be good to watch before the visit and there's a great instagram competition to go along with the exhibition which would be great to use with your students if you do go up, which you can find out more about here. It's also worth booking your ticket beforehand online! A small saving, but a saving none the less! 
- Claire 

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