MY CITY OF CULTURE – MY HULL – WEEK 36

HELLO.

 

This week is more about what I didn’t do  – my engagement with Hull 17 has been very poor. My honest feeling about it late Sunday was gutting, but sometimes other things come first, sacrifices had to be made.

From past two months I have had some interesting photography experiences – Freedom Festival, few important portraits, first wedding, smoke bomb awesomeness, beautiful mother to be photographed, Home Glory series updated, new website work progress and thoughts about the future…so all this has to be shared with everyone and requires work. SORRY CULTURE

Plus – important to remember that Freedom Festival took its toll  there was extra 2 1/2 days to recover and edit…..

anyway….
things I really wanted to do but didn’t this week:

 

Turner Prize Nominees and Winners at the Ferens

Incredibly gutted, but definitely not missing the The Turner Prize 2017 which is coming soon – 26th September.

Alien Sex Capsule at Artlink Hull

Planned, but didn’t happen due to work commitments. Will visit this week [more than welcome to join me] it is on until 29th September.

Albemarle Saturdays – WORKSHOP 15: MELIA DUO – FOUND OBJECTS PERCUSSION/ COMPOSITION

This was found in the pile of culture flyers/books I have and as I was desperate to do some culture I booked some tickets. It was on until I went to a family day at Smith&Nephew [work thing] and cos of free food and entertainment +dozen of Hull 17 volunteers I thought that this is good enough.

Smith&Nephew is major sponsor for Hull 17 so that make it count even more.

Also I was very realistic – I had no objects that make noise, I have zero talent for music and I didn’t feel comfortable going, so decision was made.

Here are few culture snaps from the family event – site is safety aware, so the less I publish the better I feel.

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THIS WEEK I AM PLANNING TO BE A GOOD CULTURE GIRL, DELIVER SOME INTERESTING CULTURE AND BLOG Freedom Festival

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MY CITY OF CULTURE – MY HULL – WEEK 35

Have a guess of how I am feeling today after full weekend of Freedom Festival? Trashed. And thankful for such a crazy work opportunity.

Somehow I managed to visit culture that was not Freedom Festival on Thursday. Little to say that photographs from Freedom Festival are still in “baking” so keep your eyes peeled for the highlights…

BACK TO CULTURE.

 

THE HESSLE ROADERS exhibition was something not to be missed – Hessle Road community was part of my lesson of how to be British and even after moving away from the area, I still go there on a weekly basis. The exhibition is celebrating Hull’s Fishing Community through an eye of a ALEC GILL.

AND JUST AS IMPORTANT – the exhibition held in church +plus I got someone cultured.

As we walked in we were welcomed by a warm handshake from a lovely man, who turned out to be the photographer himself. As proceeding through the exhibition and even days after, I get the sense of how important the short greeting was.

The exhibition is everything we need – genuine story with beautifully captured lives, connection with the past and the future [Smith&Nephew are the sponsor’s of Dr Alec Gill’s photo exhibition] and human factor in each photograph. To meet the photographer was my highlight, he was the warmest and nicest person, but on point and professional.

My favourite part of the exhibition is the opportunity examine lives of community in a collapse – how people lived, rebuilding their lives and keeping the community spirit. Real detail of real lives from psychologists point of view.

Everything was real, Alec Gill was real.

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BIT OF INFO:

As part of Smith&Nephew new £8 million world-class Research&Development centre opening THE HESSLE ROADERS was exhibited in the centre and still is there pleasing the eyes of  all the staff at Smith&Nephew [genuine source told me].

There is also an artist out there who is making film about Dr Alec Gill, so I will be looking out for it.

Dr Alec Gill is also author of books, Hull historian and filmmaker.

If you get a chance to go – it is open until 10th September.
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MY CITY OF CULTURE – MY HULL – WEEK 33

LATE SUNDAY AND I AM DETERMINED TO QUICKLY DELIVER SOME CULTURE -WEEK 33

FASHION & FREEDOM – IN PARTNERSHIP WITH 14-18 NOW by Freedom Festival Arts trust

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One of the most radical changes during the war was the huge change in women’s lives. With the men away fighting, more than one million women went to work for the first time. These new responsibilities led to a new look, and a century later, this era has inspired Fashion & Freedom, an ambitious, multi-faceted exhibition that examines the fashion legacy of the First World War.
Exquisite craftsmanship courtesy of fashion stalwarts Emilia Wickstead, Holly Fulton and Sadie Williams are also on display.
A series of specially commissioned original short films complement the garments, including films by directors from Nick Knight’s award-winning SHOWstudio and Luke Snellin, who wrote and directed First, which reimagines a young woman’s first day as a bus conductor.
Source: Hull 2017

This fashion exhibition is like breath of fresh air in the Princess Quay Shopping Centre and for once the exhibits come together nicely with what people visit the shopping centre.

Most of the dresses are a pleasure for the eye, some are so tempting to be touched and put on.

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The same day I had a look at the new arrival in Princess Quay Shopping Centre
Artist Claire Morgan has created the new artwork, named Elephant in the Room, which highlights Hull’s relationship with the sea and reflects on the environment and sustainability. It has been hand crafted, created from 12,000 fragments of paper and 4,270 individual threads.
It is pretty impressive, but you need to know about it, otherwise it just seems like an early Christmas decoration.

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On Thursday I had a stroll down Hull Marina/Fruit Market/Humber Street in the search for a new arrival – graffiti by Calvin Innes and Spray Creative.

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The graffiti murals liven up the place and I like the ever changing face of the streets. + both artists are pretty cool people too.

The morning was a bit dull and quiet – a different scene from few weeks back at the Humbers Street Sesh back when streets were buzzing with people. Humber Street Gallery had its doors closed and it was soooo quiet.

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AND OFF COURSE I HAD TO SEE THE SOLAR GATE SCULPTURE AT QUEENS GARDENS THAT EVERYONE WENT MAD FOR.

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Solar Gate is the latest addition to a host of new public realm artworks, including Shane Rhodes’ poem The City Speaks which encircles the newly-installed fountains in Queen Victoria Square.

I thought that setting out an artistic gallery from few photographers of the giant being installed was pretty rushed and even when I visited it did not looked finished. Patience, patience people.

I think it looks fantastic, Queens Gardens might be the next hot spot for visitors and well deserved – the park is beautiful.

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THIS WEEK MY CULTURE VENTURES ARE RUSHED – I WAS RUSHED ALL WEEK AND MY HEAD OCCUPIED WITH MAD THINGS.
BUT I AM STILL LOVIN’ MY PHOTO CHALLENGE AND SOON I WILL HAVE SOMETHING NEW TO SHOW OFF.

GET CULTURED AND KEEP CALM

MY CITY OF CULTURE – MY HULL – WEEK 29

HELLO FROM LATVIA.

I AM FAR AWAY FROM THE WORK AND MY BRITISH HOME, HENCE WHY I AM FAR AWAY FROM THE CULTURE.

BUT BECAUSE I TAKE MY PHOTO CHALLENGE VERY SERIOUSLY I AM GIVING YOU SOME CULTURE [managed to squeeze it in just before I left]

COS I AM ON HOLIDAY, I AM GOING TO KEEP THIS SHORT AND SWEET.

 

I VISITED HUMBER STREET GALLERY AND STATES OF PLAY. I WAS GOING THERE PURPOSELY, BUT WAS NOT EXPECTING HOW EXCITED I WILL BE SEEING MY FAVOURITE EXHIBITION SO FAR.

AMAZING EXTRAVAGANZA, SO CLEVER AND INTERESTING.

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND SEEING THIS TO EVERYONE OUT THERE READING MY BLOG. TELL YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY..EVERYONE.

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HIGHLIGHTS; ROBOT AND THE LAMP THAT KNITS ITSELF, OH AND THE BLOWY LIGHT INSTALLATIONS

 

HAPPY CULTURE PEOPLE

MY CITY OF CULTURE – MY HULL – WEEK 28

SUNDAY MORNING OF THE CULTURE WEEK 28 AND HIGH PRODUCTIVITY SO FAR. THIS WEEK HAS BEEN MANIC, BUT I HAVE BEEN ON THE TOP OF THE GAME.

AS I AM LEAVING UK FOR TWO WEEKS, TO DO LIST HAS BEEN LONG, INCLUDING GETTING SOME CULTURE.

THIS WEEK I HAVE TWO HIGHLIGHTS:

Ground Gallery since the first visit few weeks ago when I visited PEACE PARTY is on my culture map. I subscribed to their mailing list and that is how I found out about the LIFE PICTURES by artist KAUSAR from Afghanistan.
It was important to visit the exhibition this week, as it will be closed by the time I come back. Tight schedule forced me to take my chances that it will be open. It was closed when I arrived and I desperately started taking photos through the window [as you do].
GROUND GALLERY Opening Times

Before leaving I thought that the good old knocking might change the situation around and IT DID. I was invited for a quick view and it mainly happened cos the gallery owner recognised my face.
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The drawings represent artist life back in Afghanistan and his new home in Hull. The artwork contains a lot of monsters and creatures, so I recon that the artist had struggles and the journey was not an easy one. Like many others, he might have struggled to integrate and find his sense of belonging.
Overall the gallery is as mentioned few weeks ago full of character and that enhances the work on the walls. Beautiful.
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The same day I went down to Princess Avenue to visit Artlink Hull.

I was not sure if the previous exhibition that I wanted to see was still on, but I also thought that there must be something on anyways.

I dare to say – one of the best photographic exhibitions I’ve seen since Martin Parr @Hepworth Wakefield couple of years ago.

Visible Girls: Revisited by Anita Corbin

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The exhibition brings together original images of women from different subcultures of the early 1980’s and newly commissioned portraits of the same women now. In 1981 Corbin made 28 double portraits of young women. They were from different cultural groups: skins, mods, punks, rockabillies, new romantics, rastas and young lesbians. She was fascinated by the ways in which cultural allegiance and identity were boldly and explicitly expressed through fashion, music and environment by women emerging from adolescence.

Source: Hull City Of Culture Website

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The era when photographs were taken matches with the one Martin Parr and his photographic journeys took place – Margaret Thatcher and the times when the social confusion was a present. Or everyone turned into a rebel in some way. Interesting time for controversial photographs dealing with the life.

So I recon that is the reason why I was so positively charged with this exhibition. In so many ways it is one of the most beautiful ways how to preserve life and style that is way gone, but remains important for new generations to know about. It makes sense to me.
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Photographs reveal timeless beauty of the way world used to be. There is a sense of freedom. The way Anita Corbin worked is also something that rarely happens these days insta-shots with Polaroid focusing on the first time success.

Another fascinating aspect is that Corbin tracked down women photographed to take the photograph once more, many years later – she actually reunited some friends that haven’t seen each other in twenty years.

VISIBLE GIRLS: REVISITED by ANITA CORBIN friends reunited photograph

My personal friendship experience relates to this as my best friends live in Latvia and I see them once a year.

There is also an amazing merchandise available, including a book that I really need to get before the exhibition finishes.

Artlink Hull VGR SHOP

SO YEAHHHH, HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS TO EVERYONE.
BIG SHOUT OUT TO Artlink Hull STAFF FOR BEING SO FANTASTIC AND OFF COURSE BIG HONOURS TO HOST AN EXHIBITION OF THIS KIND.

 

MY WORK HERE IS DONE FOR THIS WEEK AND I AM VERY EXCITED TO GO HOME [TUESDAY]. TOMORROW I MIGHT DO SOME CULTURE FOR THE WEEK 29 AND 30, SO KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED FOR NEXT TWO WEEKS.

I CANNOT BELIEVE I WILL BE AWAY FROM THE CULTURE AND EVEN MORE I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT I CARE SO MUCH. hah.

HAVE A FANTASTIC WEEK MONKEYS!!!!

MY CITY OF CULTURE – MY HULL – WEEK 27

WELCOME TO THE 27th WEEK OF HULL CITY OF CULTURE

I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT I HAVE MANAGED TO BE CONSISTENT FOR 27 WEEKS IN A ROW. AFTER THE FIRST WEEK AND THE SPECTACULAR OPENING FOR MADE IN HULL I TOOK ON THIS CHALLENGE NOT THINKING MUCH ABOUT ITS IMPACT ON MY LIFE.

I AM THANKFUL TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY AND FREEDOM TO TAKE PHOTOS OF 2017 IN HULL. YAAY.

This week I had strict plan. And despite some fall backs, I have gone through the plan and it feels GOOD.

HIGHLIGHTS:

AND LITTLE EXTRA VISIT TO A VERY CULTURAL TWO GINGERS COFFEE SHOP

I was very excited for the PAPER CITY for so many good reasons – I absolutely love G.F Smith paper and products, I love the feel, look and smell of paper in general and the locations are the culture hot spots that are pleasure to visit.
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“Ten days celebrating colour and the freedom to play – installations by some of the most exciting creative minds from the worlds of contemporary art, design and architecture – using the specialist coloured paper, Colorplan, from Hull company G . F Smith.

The creatives participating in Paper City are Adam HollowayMax LambLazerian, Made ThoughtJacqui PonceletJoanna Sands,  Bethan Laura Wood and Richard Woods, all of whom have been invited to play with the most fundamental creative material – paper.”

Source: Hull City Of Culture 2017

 

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I am so glad that such large scale company as G.F Smith share their passion for paper and we can appreciate the amazing produce they create.

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The artwork is pretty spectacular and the space collaborates with its scale. Amazing.

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The paper fish by Lazerian was the most talked about so was the main point of interest. As spectacular as it was, I was more fascinated and amused by the artist and his little workshop van in the same space.

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I watched him for a couple of minutes and could not resist to become his ONE POUND FISH CUSTOMER.
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Plus there is no chance I can get photos of him without buying something, that would be way rude.
I got a full set of paper fish&chips in the box, plus a double sided fish cut out artwork….

PAPER CITY LAZERIAN LOCAL FISH FISH N CHIP FOLDER

I promised him not to discuss the price of my delights in the blog, so cccsssssstt, but it was well worth every penny.

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He really reminded me of a very silly Zach Galifianakis, the American actor from Hangover and other films. As he is artist, his personality is a bit of a mystery, character overload and guessing game, I really really enjoyed my five minutes with him.

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C4DI hosted the artwork of  Adam Holloway and Joanna Sands.

It was about the space, size and the feel of it [without touching].

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PAPER HEAVEN IN THE CITY.
COLOURFUL | WONDERFUL | BEAUTIFUL MADNESS.

 

SATURDAY MORNING STARTED WITH A CHURCH [ST. JOHNS BAPTIST CHURCH]. DRESSED INCREDIBLY INAPPROPRIATE BUT KEEN TO SEE THE HULL FISHING HERITAGE ART EXHIBITION WAS WAY TOO IMPORTANT.

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The exhibition was as wonderful as the people working in the church [coffee and tea, biscuits and warm welcomes]. The lady from church told me that as soon as the community recognized the opportunity to share their story, they collected the art and people connected to the such an important and big part of Hull, once upon a time.

It was touching to see the Lord Landline building at St. Andrews Dock as it was many years ago. I was also hearing stories from people who remember to be it just like that back in the day and how they feel about the loss of industry.

 

 

On Thursday I was in the new Two Gingers Coffee Shop for a quick meet up and OH MIGHTY DUCK. COFFEE TO DIE FOR AND CUTE LIL’ INTERIOR THOUGHT THROUGH IN EVERY INCH. LOVED IT.

TWO GINGERS COFFEE SHOP HULL

One of the “two gingers” was there on the day and he is as lovely as ever, pleasure to have some coffee time there. The coffee to die for part definitely applies to one of the most expensive coffee beans ever bought, but smell [and taste] wonderful. So again – forth it.

Good to see other parts of the city changing and adding good places to be on the list.

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THE WEEK OF THE CULTURE JOYS HAS ENDED SUCCESSFULLY. WEEK 28th IS A MYSTERY JET, AS I AM PRE-HOLIDAY PANICKING AND WORKING A LOT THIS WEEK.

DEFINITELY WILL KEEP SOMETHING UNDER MY SLEEVE FOR THE TWO WEEKS AWAY FROM HULL.

HAVE A GREAT WEEK  AND GET OUT FOR SOME DOSE OF CULTURE!!!!!

MY CITY OF CULTURE – MY HULL – WEEK 25

LIKE EVERY WEEK FOR THE PAST 25 WEEKS THIS YEAR I AM SAT DOWN ON A MONDAY, REFLECTING ON THE CULTURE IN HULL.

This week has thought me a lesson to plan ahead. And try to stick to a plan. On Friday I literally failed to go out and photograph and I was annoyed with myself as never before.

I know that I can’t get to everything that Hull City Of Culture 2017 has to offer, but I have to take the advantage of the freedom when it comes to choosing where to go and what to see/photograph.

Thursday I was [first fail of planning] supposed to photograph the (In)visible Dancing down Jameson Street. I was super excited for it, but to my disappointment it was not on until the next day.

Oh, well… so to make sure I didn’t drag my kit in town for nothing I captured the Water Fountains in Queen Victoria Square in the early hours with the steam n stuff.

Hull Queen Victoria Square Water Fountains mum and daughter

The Fountains is one of those photo-popular destinations and I am not tempted too much, but it feels quite special and privileged to be there when it gets the steam clean.

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Saturday was the WORM FESTIVAL visit day [the festival spread across three days] in Humber Street Gallery.  I was lightly hangover [happens to me sometimes], so I decided that a long walk in Humber Street through Old Town will heal me.

First was the newly painted Drypool Bridge. The design is celebrating the work of John Venn – a 19th century mathematician and philosopher born in the Drypool ward.

Drypool Bridge Hull 2017

Then I followed the route and strolled through Street Life Museum grounds.

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Hull Streetlife Museum people watching fish in the pond

And surprise, surprise – there was something going on. Maritime Memories Machine tour arrived in Hull to collect stories about sea – we like our waters don’t we?

Maritime Memories Machine Van

I met two lovely people from London, and they gave me a little tour around the Ice Cream Van without any ice cream that was full of secret jars and pots, items and collections.

Maritime Memories Machine inside the Van

They showed off their fantastic hats and cute lil’ seagull.

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Maritime Memories Machine Tour in Hull handmade hat with seashells and stuff

Maritime Memories Machine Tour in Hull member of staff holding a very special handmade sea themed hat

It was very interesting indeed, it was like a tiny world squeezed in few square meters.
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I told my two different stories of what sea means to me – Martin Parr and The Last Resort for British seaside and late sunset seaside visits in Latvia when I was a kid.

Maritime Memories Machine Tour in Hull postbox

Before I entered the WORM FESTIVAL I took a few more of Hull at its best- sunny Saturday.

Hull Old Town and City Of Culture flagCouple in Hull

C4DI building and people on the bridge Hull

Poorboy Vintage Clothing Humber Street

Humber Street in Hull Tidal Barrier in the background

And these photographs show off the good news – it is never dull in Hull this year in particular. It even feels a bit overwhelming….

Anyway, the WORM FESTIVAL was on the radar because of few reasons – these guys are from Rotterdam and the city is bonkers – I have been there and it is a cultural madness. Second  – THE PERFORMANCE BAR PLUGS YOU IN!   –  I was not entirely sure what it was and it was embarrassing to ask the stupid question to the artists – where is the best spot to watch the tricks – “WHAT TRICKS?”….

Third – Humber Street Gallery exhibits diverse stuff and it is never boring.

And this was one these – weirdly happy shocking whatthehellisgoingon. 
I arrived early for the time slot for the THE PERFORMANCE BAR PLUGS YOU IN! so I stuck to the plan to stay around and not to miss it.

It was delayed [very artist way to run things] so I had plenty of time to get familiar with environment.

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Humber Street Gallery WORM FESTIVAL live music playing
And the unknown form-shape artists were up for a photograph – lights and sass was on.

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It was so weird and annoying not to know what to expect, but when the first artist came on, I got the picture – it is nothing to do with an actual bar and drinks/cocktails been tossed in the air, no flames and smoke magic.
The bar was the place where artists can express their inner madness and desire, wild side and send the message to the culture-consumers.

Humber Street Gallery WORM FESTIVAL performance on bar

This lady was the first one to get on the stage [and the only one I had the patience/time to wait for] and it was a killer- weird one.
THE TITLE THAT I HAVE TO GIVE IS  – SHAVING FOAM AND A GIRL.

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The funny thing is – I did not get the message behind it, but it was so funny to watch peoples reactions that I enjoyed it.
The other reason why I decided that this is enough of BAR ART FART – I don’t think I dealt with the light very well.

Upstairs was the rest of the exhibition/activities and I expected some kind of normality. But I was so wrong – upstairs was another Rotterdam culture/art shock and my brain was tickled even more.

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Even getting to the gallery two and three is the art in itself – art to welcome. I got the sense that this is not an ordinary exhibition, which appears to be spot on, as I mentioned.

Humber Street Gallery WORM FESTIVAL stairs to Gallery Two and Three no white walls anymore

The clean – white wall- don’t touch the artwork – only watch with your eyes – listen and be quiet sense was gone. I entered a world of moving art, artists making art there and then, eating and shitting in the same place [in a good way]. The gallery was turned into a workshop with different elements.

I took me some good few minutes to feel like I know my grounds, although it was busy, it felt so focused and quiet.

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Humber Street Gallery WORM FESTIVAL Gallery Two against Trump

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The sign of normality was the Hull City Of Culture 2017 volunteer and the camera around my neck – everything else – different world.

Humber Street Gallery WORM FESTIVAL Gallery Two Hull City Of Culture VolunteerHumber Street Gallery WORM FESTIVAL Gallery Two on set living room

“hello”

I had to sit down with the guy that seemed to be the curator/artist. Because I had to understand.

The conversation was about them, Rotterdam and Hull. The exhibition is not the exhibition that the gallery has seen before – it is a hands on workshop creating art around building babies and bridges between Rotterdam and Hull, Ground Gallery  included. This is what they said, this basically quoting them. There was no obvious explanation, but what I have gathered with my art knowledge – everything is made from complete scratch [like babies] and the involvement is the bridge between two cities.

The artists seemed real people, true people and what they do is who they are. Honesty about them, Hull and “the art” is what I appreciated the most.

and it was sad at the same time.
They said that the first time they arrived in Hull, walked through Humber Street they wanted to run away from the exhibiting here. Because it did not seem real – the newly built fresh breath of art, shops, galleries, bars, restaurants and antiques shop. They have said yes to the invitation to exhibit here, but they were not sure if they belong in the space given. They decided to do it their way anyway and collaborate with Hull heritage.

And this is not made up, this what we were talking about. And to not to forget the conversation and feeling, I recorded myself on the way home. I listen back and it really helps not to forget that artists from Rotterdam have came to Hull and feel like the Hull City Of Culture 2017  is ugly. Not the city and the people, but the brand, the logo, the investment and the idea to force on the culture they want us to consume. Of course on Friday they could have been chatting to some pro-city of culture visitors who told them of the nonsense, but that couldn’t influence them this much.
There must be a good reason of why that comes across…

 

So the bear is not as brown as we thought..hahaha.

My views about this is simple – he title has improved my relationship with Hull, given me so many opportunities to practice the photographic skill, I have met some fantastic people and seen amazing things/events/performances.
And a lot of people are aware of the “ugly scene” behind the curtains, but find a way how to gain something from the Hull City Of Culture 2017

The big bonus is  – it is not dull in Hull from Monday to Sunday and that is the most amazing thing.

Humber Street Gallery WORM FESTIVAL Gallery Two ALIEN PEAKING THROUGH

I really want to see the journals that WORM FESTIVAL will publish [as I was told] and the thoughts of returning to Rotterdam are present.

 

Happy #getcultured week 26!!!!!!!!!