Panel Discussion on Migration & Memory
Venue: Open Eye Gallery
A panel discussion with questions – chaired by John Davies. The panel will be made up of speakers who deal with both Migration and Memory. These two topics cover very different themes but both reflect the historic changes to our perceptions of culture.
The theme of migration is a wide-ranging subject and is partly reflected in the content in the ‘Out of the Archive’ exhibition. Migrant photographers in the exhibition such as Vanley Burke, Michelle Sank, Chris Steele-Perkins and Tom Wood have all integrated into as well as contributing to Britain culture.
Historically, migration has been an important element in the growth of Liverpool and has contributed to the life and culture of the city. The 1949 photographs of the British Black communities and musicians in Liverpool by Bert Hardy is a starting point to investigate the cultural influences of migration.
Peter Hagerty reflects on the changes in photography since the days when he was the first director of the Open Eye Gallery:
‘Its been more than thirty five years since the Open Eye Gallery first opened its doors and we can look back to a time when water and silver were essential elements in the craft of classical photography and working in the dark room was the only way to make a photographic print.
Alongside this we have witnessed a massive cultural shift in the use of photographic images, the demise of the professional photographer and the rise of a self-authored media space, which embraces the trivial alongside the revolutionary. There are also the stellar dollar values photographs as art objects can achieve, it’s all such a contrast with my memories of the late nineteen seventies when The Tate gallery eschewed the showing of photographs by photographers; today photography seems to be all the rage’.
Booking is not required.