A month of photography in Sunderland

THE SOCIAL: Encountering Photography

One of Photofusion’s past exhibitors and members Tim Mitchell is exhibiting work in a group exhibition as part of The Social: a month long international celebration of photography across the North East of England from 18 October – 16 November 2013.

Tim Mitchell’s work can be seen in the group exhibition You Are The Company In Which You Keep alongside that of Natasha Caruana, Paul Graham, Jeremy Hutchison, James O Jenkins, Gustav Metzger, Martin Parr, Simon Roberts, John Stezaker and many more.

You Are The Company In Which You Keep reveals the diverse ways in which photographers and artists using lens-based media have created images that map out our new social networks – observing the patterns which structure our social existence, or forecasting what the twenty-first century has yet to bring.

© Tim Mitchell, from the project A Fish Out Of Water

Many of the artists might be described as working in anthropological or ethnographic ways, observing how our experience of the world is mediated through the camera lens, and asking how far photographic images structure our imagination. They ask: in the twenty-first century, are images the means by which we are socialised, and the means by which we can know ourselves? Do the images that we consume and internalise become the imaginative materials that we are made of?

© James O’Jenkins, Hunting the Earl of Rone, from United Kingdom

The exhibition spans the two neighbouring venues of Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art and Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens. The exhibition shows revisionist views of early bodies of work by now leading figures in the field – including Martin Parr, Nigel Henderson and Paul Graham. Alongside are brand new work by practitioners such as Tim Mitchell, and several major commissions by artists including Stuart Whipps and Craig Ames.

Exhibition Preview: 18 October 2013, 6.00-9.00pm

Curator Tour: 19 October 2013, 1.00-2.00pm

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, City Library and Arts Centre, Fawcett Street, Sunderland SR1 1RE. www.ngca.co.uk

Opening Times: 28 September – 23 November 2013.
9:30am – 5:00pm daily except Wed open until 7:00pm, Saturday 10.00am-4.00pm. Closed Sundays.

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens Burdon Road, Sunderland SR11 PP
T 0191 553 2323

Opening Times: 19 October 2013 -23February 2014
Mon to Sat 10:00am–5:00pm. Sunday 2:00pm–5:00pm

For more information please visit: www.thesocialnepn.co.uk/