The exhibition shows the selected work of 14 UPA members responding to the Festival theme of Photography, Memory and Archive. Cities are living archives and rediscovering their visual history is fundamental to the development of urban photographic practices. Nothing is cast in stone and only interpreted as heritage; the past is illusive and uncanny. How do historical photographs visualise and politicise daily life in order to commemorate and generate specific social histories, public memories, landscapes and pictorial archives? Cities are not merely architectural metaphors; they are mobile, evolving entities projecting memories deep into the social life of urban dwellers. In what way can urban photography break down social stereotypes and offer alternative ocular archives of cities? Urban Memories tries to answer these questions through a variety of selected visual projects.
Caroline Knowles, Urban sociologist and Goldsmiths professor, says:
“In their entries to this exhibition the artists raise important questions about how we might think about memory; about how memories manifest themselves in cities and in people’s lives; and about the complex multi-layered relationships memory, cities and people might have with photography. In a mix of found images – whose photographers and their preoccupations must be imagined – and newly created images that dialogue in off-beat ways with people, places and circumstances, the artists in this exhibition show us that multiple truths – not the truth – are in contention in the ways in which we apprehend and remember the individual and collective realities which are significant for us.” (UPV catalogue, p. 5)
Exhibiting artists: Peter Coles, Diego Ferrari, Michael Frank, Gill Golding, Paul Halliday, Tanya Houghton, Rebecca Locke, Bas Losekoot, David Kendall, David Colm Killeen, Luc Pauwels, Galit Seligmann, Gesche Würfel and Kyler Zeleny.