PH1200 visualizing ideas- exhibition review

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The exhibition I am going to be reviewing is the Tate Exchange. The exhibition ran from 27th to 30th November 2016. This was a collaboration with the Tate Liverpool Gallery and the Open Eye Gallery. The work on display was a documentary story regarding people with dementia. The work produced was by a solo photographer called Tadhg Devlin. Devlin is an Irish born photographer but works out of Liverpool. Devlin also teaches at university level. From looking at the work I get the feeling awareness for dementia is the main theme of the work. Another theme I get from looking at the work is showing people with dementia. I can relate to these themes because my grandmother has a slight touch of dementia herself. So looking and reading the exhibition has opened my eyes to her day to day struggles. Due to physical objects being present it adds to the engagement because you can touch and look at the objects. With images you cannot touch and get a sense of texture which lessens the engagement. With the prints being large prints it does help with the engagement because it instantly grabs your attention which causes people to to engage with the images. The strongest image is the man looking out to the river. This is because of the story behind the image. At first glance it is just a pretty image but when you read into the image’s story it adds a whole new level to the image. This exhibition has really inspired me to do my own documentary on a disability like this. With the exhibition a newspaper and a booklet. The newspaper had more images in it along with some descriptions of the image. This was a nice touch because it gave context to the images and it gave a unique way of viewing work. The booklet had interviews with the people Devlin worked with.  The booklet was a nice touch because it gave a personal insight into the peoples day to day struggles with dementia.


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