Edith Tudor-Hart: Quiet Radicalism2. Mar - 5. May 13 / ended Open Eye Gallery
Austrian born Edith Tudor-Hart (1908 Ė 1973) was a photographer, communist-sympathiser and spy for the Soviet Union, who used photography as a tool to communicate her political ideas. She studied photography at the Bauhaus and fled Vienna in 1933 to escape persecution for Communist activities and her Jewish background.
Tudor-Hartís exhibition will take place in the Archive Gallery alongside Mishka Hennerís exhibition, and is culled from Open Eyeís extraordinary holding of Tudor-Hartís images in its permanent Archive. The exhibition focuses on several key periods in Tudor-Hartís practice: Aerial and street-view scenes document political upheaval in Vienna prior to Tudor-Hartís departure for England; the industrial landscapes and working life of Rhondda Valleyís coal mining community in South Wales; and the care and education of disabled children at the previous Fountain Hospital in London.
The exhibition encapsulates the social and political concerns at the centre of Tudor-Hartís practice, playing tribute to an incredible and almost forgotten photographer whose work warrants serious reflection.
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