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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
Carlisle, , 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 Sulter.

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 Telegraph.

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.

IMAGE
Ian Breakwell
No One Can Tell, 1993
Black and white photograph
Arts Council Collection, Hayward Gallery, London.


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