Exhibition

Changing the Landscape exhibition

24 Oct 2016 – 3 Mar 2017

Event times

Mon-Thurs 09:00-20:00; Fri & Sat 09:00-17:00 (except Bank Hols)

Cost of entry

Free

Manchester, United Kingdom

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Changing the Landscape, a multi media visual arts project by artist Sarah Kogan, is a profoundly personal and deeply poignant exploration of the cataclysmic destruction wrought by the Battle of the Somme, 1916, in the centenary year.

About

Supported using public funds by the National Lottery through the Arts Council England, Changing the Landscape follows Rifleman Barney Griew's first hand account of his journey from Hackney, London to Northern France, training to become a mapmaker and scout in the five months preceding his death on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.  During this journey, Barney sent home over 180 illustrated letters, photographs and photographic postcards, often writing more than three times a day for five months - leaving us a unique, multifaceted, three-dimensional view of the run up to the battle. Unusually, this unpublished archive is interpreted by Barney’s great-niece Kogan, who was originally read the letters as a child by her grandmother, Barney’s sister Fanny. The exhibition includes items and extracts of text from Barney’s unpublished archive, artworks generated by Kogan, archival material from The National Archives and a specially commissioned four part digital video installation by filmmaker Jeremy Bubb. 

Curators

Sarah Kogan

Exhibiting artists

Sarah Kogan

Jeremy Bubb

Taking part

Manchester Central Library

Manchester, United Kingdom

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