Must-see exhibitions this June

Must-see exhibitions this June

Looking for some of the most exciting photography on offer? Check out our round-up of must-see exhibitions this June.

This month we highlight exhibitions exploring loss and gender roles as well as the eagerly-anticipated Cindy Sherman retrospective.

Esther Teichmann's images of a woman paddling through glades is featured in one of our must-see exhibitions this June.
Esther Teichmann, Untitled from Mythologies, 2012-2014 © Esther Teichmann, Courtesy of Flowers Gallery

On Sleeping and Drowning

Working with photography across still and moving image installations, Esther Teichmann looks at the relationships between loss, desire and the imaginary.

This is a work constantly slipping between autobiography and fiction.

On Sleeping and Drowning transforms the gallery space into a layered liquid montage of photographs, painted backdrops, moving image, sound and objects.

Cyanotype seaweed creatures are juxtaposed with painted photographic backdrops of caves, a boat with cloud sails and photographs of women sleeping, dreaming and swimming through otherworldly spaces.

It plunges the audience into an alternate Orphic world.

Viewers move within womb-like spaces of beds, swamps, caves and grottos, in search of a primordial return.

The photographic images slip in and out of darkness, evoking a liquid space of night.

Cloaked in dripping inks and bathed in subtle hues, the bodies depicted are sensuous but seemingly beyond reach.

They are entangled with narratives of loss and desire.

The works form part of an ever-evolving archive, expanded and re-configured in various forms.

Esther Teichmann: On Sleeping and Drowning, Flowers Gallery, London, until June 22.

Pixy Lao subverts traditional gender roles in her images
Pixy Liao, In One Dress II, 2017


Kinship at Open Eye Gallery navigates the dynamics of modern relationships.

The exhibition presents projects from seven photographers, all women.

They address traditional ideas of how people relate to each other based on their gender, age, or position within a family.

Together, the artists seek to open up new ways of thinking about how we express our sense of kin. As friends, family and partners.

Artists include: Pixy Liao, Johanna Heldebro, Lydia Goldblatt, Jenny Lewis, Margaret Mitchell and Momo Okabe.

The exhibition also includes a new collaborative video work by Jemma O’Brien.

Kinship is part of RISE, a year-round programme by Liverpool City Council to champion the achievements of women and celebrate underrepresented histories.

Kinship, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, until July 7.

Tim Motion is one of our must-see exhibitions this June
© Tim Motion / Dizzy Gillespie Nice, France 1987

Tim Motion

Tim Motion’s arresting images provide insights into the vibrant world of jazz.

Capturing its stars in their element, their passion is clear in every shot.

Motion grew up studying art, music and photography, frequenting the 606 club in Kings Road,and learning to play the double bass.

Moving to the Algarve, he ran a jazz/disco club, hosting artists include Ronnie Scott, Cat Stevens, Georgie Fame, Jon Hendricks, Brian Auger and Jim Mullen.

In 1971 he gained a photo pass to the first Lisbon Jazz Festival, resulting in the first images in his archive, including Miles Davis.

From there, he built up an extensive archive. His prints feature Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davies, Art Blakey, Chet Baker, Miles Davies, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, George Benson and Ray Charles.

Motion’s work has been published in newspapers, Paris Vogue and specialist books and magazines.

This exhibition represents a rare opportunity to see 40 years’ of work in one place.

Tim Motion, Lucy Bell Gallery, St Leonards On Sea, June 22 to July 21.

Cindy Sherman's iconic images feature in one of our must-see exhibitions this June
Cindy Sherman Untitled Film Still #21, 1978, Gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches, 20.3 x 25.4 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York

Untitled Film Stills

Cindy Sherman’s complete Untitled Film Stills series is to go on display for the first time in the UK in a major new retrospective.

Opening at the National Portrait Gallery, the exhibition explores the development of Sherman’s work from the mid-1970s to today.

It features around 180 works from international collections, as well as work never before displayed in a public gallery.

Sherman is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading contemporary artists.

She first gained widespread critical recognition for her Untitled Film Stills, started shortly after Sherman moved to New York in 1977.

The work of 70 images was her first major artistic statement and defined her approach.

The exhibition will also see all five images from Sherman’s Cover Girl series, completed in 1976, displayed together for the first time.

Cindy Sherman: Untitled Film Stills, National Portrait Gallery, London, June 27 to September 15.

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