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"Stranger than Fiction: Photographs, Video and Film by Artists Living in Britian"
2004-07-10 until 2004-09-12
Tullie House Museum and Art Services
UK United Kingdom
Stranger than Fiction, an exhibition of photographs, video and film by
artists living in Britain, explores personal and invented narrative. Much of
the work reveals an exotic world in which truth is often more curious than
fiction, and fiction can be powerfully enhanced by fact. Internationally
acclaimed artists Richard Billingham, Zarina Bhimji, Tracey Emin, Isaac
Julien, Zineb Sedira, Gavin Turk and Jane and Louise Wilson are among the
exhibitors in this major touring exhibition,.
Jananne Al-Ani explores Western perceptions of women in the Middle East;
Zineb Sedira's triptych of life sized veiled figures confounds common
prejudices about veiled women. The self is a readily available subject for
art investigating identity: Kenny Macleod presents the 'real' Robbie Fraser
in a series of baffling video fragments; Gavin Turk's monumental triptych
Oi! is more a comment on the art world than a personal statement. Video and
film here are powerful vehicles for elusive and enchanting fictions: film
director Isaac Julien works with his collaborator, the dancer and
choreographer Javier de Frutos to lead the viewer on a seductive journey
drenched in colour and sunlight.
The exhibition also includes work by Faisal Abdu' Allah, Sonia Boyce, Ian
Breakwell, Lisa Cheung, Alan Currall, Sunil Gupta, Graham Gussin, Jaki
Irvine, David Medalla, Seamus Nicolson, Keith Piper, Donald Rodney and Maud
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue with an introduction by Sukhdev
Sandu, author of the acclaimed new study London Calling. How Black and Asian
Writers Imagined a City (Harper Collins, 2003) and film critic of The Daily
Stranger than Fiction is a National Touring Exhibition from the Hayward
Gallery. The exhibition has previously been shown at Leeds City Art Gallery
and, after Carlisle, tours to Aberystwyth Arts Centre, the Usher Gallery in
Lincoln and Nottingham Castle.
No One Can Tell, 1993
Black and white photograph
© Arts Council Collection, Hayward Gallery, London.