The artist Alison Day has been taking political and social protest photographs since first visiting a small gathering of protestors outside the Campsfield Detention Centre just outside Oxford in the mid to late 80s. Since then Alison has been documenting her experiences of marches, gatherings and protests in 35mm photographic format. This exhibition comprises a series of photographs of work done since 1991. Work shown is but a very small window into the many photograph taken, the artist being limited by the space available to show her work.
The exhibition is part of this year's Deptford Fringe Festival (http://www.deptfordx.org) that has been running for a number of years. The theme of this year's festival is âWhat is The Value of Art?' and this artist maintains that for her the value lies in the act of participating and recording public protest and declamation. This might be an act of solidarity with an oppressed group, an expression of anger or disgust about recent or impending legislative change. A cry to avert the deployment of troops, or to stop the bombing and killing of civilians in various parts of the world. These are just a few reasons why we as thinking and proactive members of society gather together in one place to make their point about what the government of the day is doing, or not doing on our behalf!
Alison Day works locally in her studio in New Cross and has been living in London since 1990. She has previously shown work from The Poll Tax Riot, the Gulf War protest and Clause 28 March. These are new images not previously published and the artist hopes that it will mark the start of a much bigger project of editing and printing in the near future.
Please join the artist for a talk about the work on Saturday 27th 2.00 p.m. or the closing event on Tuesday Oct 14th 6.30, - 8.00 p.m.
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