Do Not Refreeze and Drift/Wealth

Do Not Refreeze - Sat 10 May – Sat 21 Jun 2008

Arno Fischer, Helga Paris, Evelyn Richter, Ulrich Wüst, Erasmus Scroeter, Gundula Schulze Eldowy, Ursula Arnold, Maria Sewcz, Sibylle Bergemann

Do Not Refreeze brings together a group of photographers whose extraordinary contribution to European photography has been 'frozen out' by the Cold War. Almost completely unknown in Britain, these artists developed their practice in the former East Germany negotiating the omnipresent secret police to create imagery which is increasingly being compared to luminaries such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Dorothea Lange and Robert Frank.

Disparate in background and experience, their works use an unforgiving documentary aesthetic to convey both the harsh realities and remarkable richness of life behind the Iron Curtain. These stunning images give a glimpse of day-to day life and evoke the claustrophobia, rage, envy and ideological pomp of the Communist era as well as the unexpected personal warmth, tenderness and exoticism to be found throughout the socialist commonwealth.

A University of Hertfordshire Galleries’ touring exhibition curated by Matthew Shaul.

Come along to an evening event on Thu 8 May to mark the opening of Do Not Refreeze. Look out on the Wolverhampton Gallery website for times!

Drift / Wealth by Joonho Jeon - Sat 10 May - Wed 2 Aug 2008

Joonho Jeon was refused permission to use a real Bank of Korea note in this artwork. The resulting projection is Jeon’s own painstaking copy of a banknote, within which the artist seems to wander at will, trespassing within the royal palace scene.

This is the first showing of this work since it was acquired for the Wolverhampton Arts and Museums Service collection as part of the Contemporary Art Society’s Showcase scheme.
Do Not Refreeze and Drift/Wealth

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