Strange and Familiar at Barbican
18 March 2016
Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers is a timely exhibition that considers how international photographers from the 1930s onwards have captured the social, cultural and political identity of the United Kingdom through the camera lens. From social documentary and portraiture to street and architectural photography by some of the leading lights of twentieth and twenty-first century photography the exhibition presents a vibrant portrait of modern Britain, from the Hebrides to Dover, Belfast to Cardiff.
In discussing this exhibition premise, Martin Parr has said that “it will reveal a very different take on British life than that produced by British photographers. It is both familiar and strange at the same time.” As Britain experiences an identity crisis in the twenty-first century, with its internal borders challenged and the traditional stereotypes of the British classes called into question, this exhibition reflects upon how Britain is perceived by those outside its borders. It will explore questions of national identity, regional variations and notions of Britishness in a Britain that has been transformed from leading an empire into a modern multicultural society.
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