Curator’s Talk with Kate Bush: Family Values

Get insight into Family Values: Polish Photography Now from the exhibition’s curator Kate Bush, who will talk about themes of family, identity and home in Polish photography.

Kate will give her insight into how artists use domestic tropes to explore questions concerning individual freedom and identity, particularly in the context of a country characterised by intense social and political change, and how the work of the exhibition’s contemporary Polish photographers stand in dialogue with Zofia Rydet‘s Sociological Record (1978 – 1997), a monumental pursuit to photograph every person in Poland.

Kate will also be on hand for a Q&A with the audience. You will have the opportunity to see the exhibition before and after the talk.

About the exhibition

Family Values: Polish Photography Now is a unique season of photography and events examining Polish visual culture from the second part of the 20th century and the current creative landscape of a nation with deep historical and emotional links to the UK.

At the centre of the season sits the first exhibition devoted to Polish photography in the UK, which amplifies themes of identity, home and family in the context of social and political change to explore how individual freedoms are found within the confines of the home, and how the domestic serves as a trope for the artistic exploration of different, darker questions concerning identity.

At its heart will be a presentation of the work of Zofia Rydet (1911 – 1997), a photographer much admired in Poland who is now coming to wide international prominence. Her work has never been seen in the UK.

In the exhibition, images by Zofia Rydet will be presented alongside contemporary Polish artists exploring similar topics in their work: Józef Robakowski, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Weronika Gęsicka, Aneta Bartos and Adam Palenta.

Exhibition curated by Kate Bush.

More information on the exhibition here.

Exhibition open to the public:
25 May – 22 Jul 2018
Wed – Sun, 12pm – 6pm
Free entry