#DiscoverDeptford - Representing Realness
Between 16th and 21st July, one of Deptford Foundry’s very own residents, Liv Taylor, will be curating the exhibition – Representing Realness at No Format Gallery, Second Floor Studios.
We caught up with Liv to find out more about the story behind the exhibition, her inspiration and what you can expect to see…
Tell us a bit about the exhibition?
The exhibition features the works from a collection of image makers and illustrators and will celebrate the role of drawing to portray issues and human experience in ways photography sometimes can’t.
With more and more imagery being shared across online social platforms, like the ‘perfect’ selfie and portrayal of individual idyllic lifestyle, illustrations often act as confessional drawings that can better reflect the imperfect lives we all lead. This type of storytelling often appeals to a wider audience, which is why we’re seeing it more and more in mainstream media.
Illustration can be a platform to enable better representation and descriptions of different backgrounds and lifestyles; it can portray symbols of any person and many people rather than just one individual. For example, in many campaigns for body positivity and the #MeToo movement, illustration is used as a powerful tool to share stories and represent ideas.
Drawing can sometimes be more direct or get to the heart of an idea better. For example, I’ve noticed that more people are using the vehicle of illustration to talk about wider issues such as mental health, sexuality and or discrimination: this exhibition aims to celebrate this form of empowered expression.
The exhibition will feature imagery from over ten artists, who all work in different ways – whether more commercially or more artistically – but who are all using their art to represent diversity or honest experiences in a moment of time when it is needed in wider culture.
We’re looking forward to welcoming people to the exhibition across the six days it’s running. Many of the artists will also be in attendance at the private viewing evening on 18th July.
What was your inspiration?
I teach part time at the University of Brighton, running the final year BA (Hons) Illustration course, alongside being a Visual Strategist and Cultural Researcher. Recently, I’ve witnessed the rise of self-authored illustration exploring complex social issues.
In particular, I see a lot of young women coming through to use illustration as a form of expression, or artists using it as a way to connect with communities or like minded people. It’s brilliant and is empowering many people!
What do you hope people will take away from the exhibition?
Hopefully the exhibition provides a platform to acknowledge this kind of work outside of its normal setting. Some of the artists are people who have worked for big brands on campaigns or for editorial projects and some are recent graduates, or working for charities - bringing them all together is something to be celebrated!
Hopefully it promotes illustration as a platform of everyday expression, which people can connect with in an empathetic way.
The exhibition runs from the 16th – 21st July between 12pm and 6pm at the No Format Gallery, Deptford, Moulding Lane, SE14 6BN. The private view takes place on 18th July from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.
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