In the Waiting Room

19 Oct 2017 – 22 Oct 2017

Cost of entry

Free admission

The Crypt Gallery - St Pancras Church

London, United Kingdom


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  • Tube: Euston or Euston square

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Curated by Maria-Edmée di Sambuy and Irene Barontini for the Bloomsbury Festival, In the Waiting Room explores this year’s theme of INDEPENDENCE through 13 photographic series.


Displaying archival images alongside the work of young practitioners In the Waiting Room aims to reflect upon the concept of INDEPENDENCE through cultural and historical frameworks.

In the Waiting Room pays tribute to the writing of Elizabeth Bishop and her ability to unfold the ordinary as a means to reflect upon human belonging and identity. In the homonymous poem by Bishop the seven-year-old writer, leafing through a copy of the National Geographic in the waiting room of a dentist, finds herself confronted with photographs of a world extraneous to everything she knows and yet, she understands, somehow inextricably part of who she is.

Each of the thirteen series selected for this exhibition documents a distinct struggle for independence, each questioning and re-defining the meaning of this concept through the eyes and lenses of its subjects. Whether it is preserving traditional values and resisting the status quo, longing for self-sufficiency and pursuing autonomous ways of living or fighting for political liberation and aspiring for self-determination.

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Irene Barontini

Maria-Edmée di Sambuy

Exhibiting artists

Angus Grant

Will Jennings

Francois Aubert

Svetlana Makoveeva

Laszlo Moholy-Nagy

Ana Caroline de Lima

Leon Chew

Bambang Wirawan

Karoliina Paatos

Alfred Stieglitz

Leo Maguire

Max Barnett

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