Exhibition Opening: Friday 10 March, 6 – 8pm
Riots. Revolts. Revolution. All flashing moments which throw the world – and our relationship with to it – into question. From the uprising against the Russian Czar one hundred years ago, to the Arab Spring and protests against war, austerity and the continuing failure of politics, people have pinned their hopes on radical political change, on turning worlds upside down. But all too often the ever-renewed dream of changing the world for the better has ended either in failure or has been crushed.
This pop up exhibition, for three weeks only, explores these moments of destabilization, crisis, and renewal. Included are Cairo based Mosa’ab Elshamy’s photographs from the 2011 – 2013 revolt in Egypt, the Justseeds’ Celebrate People’s History poster series, and David Mabb’s ‘Long Live the New! Morris & Co, Hand Printed Wallpapers and K. Malevich’s, Suprematism’.
Each communicates or represents moments of upheaval. How do these histories resonate with each other? What can we learn from them? What might they say to each other? And how might they say it today, as political communication shifts from print materials to digital and social media?
A programme of talks and film screenings accompanies the exhibition, as well as a workshop space in which visitors can make their own ‘How to make the world a better place’ collage. Please sign up to our weekly newsletter, regularly visit our website or follow Firstsite on social media to receive further details.