Joy Gregory: Lost Languages and other voices

11 Feb 2017 – 6 May 2017

Regular hours

10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00

Cost of entry

£2.20 (Incl Gift Aid donation) to both venues, free entry for Supporters, U18s and Art Pass holders

The Exchange

England, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Buses stop in the centre of Penzance.
  • The Exchange is a five-minute walk from the train and bus stations

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A major retrospective of work by Joy Gregory, one of the most significant artists to emerge from the Black British photography movement of the 1980s.


Spanning 20 years, Lost Languages and other voices brings together 16 bodies of work exploring race, history and gender, encompassing a wide range of photographic media, from digital video installations to Victorian printing techniques. Joy Gregory was included in our recent group exhibition Liberties and this solo show, on tour from Impressions Gallery in Bradford, expands on those ideas while introducing new ones.

The title of the exhibition refers to the works Gomera (2008) and Kalahari (2009) in which Gregory draws attention to the cultural importance of marginalised African indigenous languages. Journeys feature recurrently in Gregory’s work, which have been made in diverse locations including South Africa, the Orkneys, Sri Lanka, and the Caribbean.

Identity, a recurring theme throughout Gregory's practice, is explored in; Autoportrait, Bottled Blonde, Objects of Beauty and Girl Thing.

Lost Languages and other voices is an Impressions Gallery touring exhibition, curated by Anne McNeill.

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Exhibiting artists

Joy Gregory

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