The Cass is delighted to announce Archive: Imagining The East End, an exhibition of photography and series of related events as part of Photomonth 2014. The Cass will act as one of the main hubs for the festival.
Archive: Imagining the East End showcases the work of a diverse range of photographers whose work relates to the East End of London. The East End is understood here as both a geographic location and an intangible space, a perpetually shifting frontier within the urban sprawl of London that is part real and part imagined. As a reflection of this approach, the images range from traditional documentary practice to works of the imagination.
Books, essays, films and artifacts in the exhibition explore the shifting location of the East End; the role of other local archives; issues associated with digital archiving; using bodies of work in order to better understand the working methods of photographers; the relationship between myth and history in representations of the East End; found photographs; representing the 2012 Paralympians; the âarchival turn' in contemporary photography and a project to imagine Alfred Hitchcock's East End childhood through photography.
The exhibition is accompanied by the book of the same name, published in December 2013 by Black Dog Publishing. The book is a companion to The East End Archive at The Cass, an online photographic resource intended for artists, academics and researchers from a cross-section of disciplines. It brings together both historic and contemporary collections.
Th East End Archive Exhibition will be followed by UNCERTAIN STATES 2014 which opens in Early November, also part of Photomonth
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