Open Eye Gallery: A Portrait Of…

Open Eye Gallery: A Portrait Of...
Open Eye Gallery: A Portrait Of…

Venue: Open Eye Gallery
Dates: 02/08/2019 - 29/09/2019
Times: All Day





Portraits change the way we understand one another. Whether this is professional photos, selfies on Instagram or snapshots of our friends, the photos that we take of ourselves and each other speak volumes about who we are and who we want to be.

Through portraits, we come face to face with someone else: they create a space in which we can challenge the assumptions that we often hold about people. This exhibition presents projects that give us a chance to empathise, to consider the experience of someone else’s life.

SIXTEEN brings together leading contemporary photographers with more than one hundred and seventy young people from diverse communities across the country. Through video, photography, writing, audio recordings, and social media, the project presents first-hand accounts of how it feels to be aged sixteen in the UK today. Featuring Lottie Davis, Jillian Edelstein, Kate Peters and Linda Brownlee, working in collaboration with young people across the country.

In another project, Open Eye Gallery worked with Vida Creative Learning, a local group of young women who come together to work on photography projects as a way to build resilience and increase self-esteem. The group made a selection of work from the gallery’s archive, guided by their interest in what people wear, how they choose to appear in photos and and how this expresses their identity. Their selections include work from recent years and older projects, including Teresa Eng, Yan Wang Preston, Michelle Sank, Dave Turner and John McDonald.

Before 2012, the last time the Olympic games took place in the UK was 1948. Katherine Green met with the surviving athletes, and took portraits of them as they looked at photos of themselves competing 64 years before the 2012 games. The Olympians seeks to allow everyone to consider the rich lives that older people have lived, encouraging reflection on the stories and experiences that exist in all generations.

A Portrait Of… runs from 2 August to 29 September. Open Eye Gallery is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am-5pm, and entrace is always free. Supported by Arts Council England, Liverpool City Council, Foyle Foundation and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.