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Spectrum’s top 2018 exhibitions

With the new year upon us we round up our choice of some of the top exhibitions the Spectrum Photographic team is looking forward to seeing in 2018.

So get the diary out and start planning your year of photography.

Red T-Shirt baseball jacket car © Mahtab Hussain You Get Me

Mahtab Hussain: You Get Me?

This is the first opportunity to see the acclaimed exhibition from Autograph ABP outside London.

Mahtab Hussain’s images explore the identity of young working-class British Asian men today.

Over nine years he took portraits in Birmingham – stopping people in the streets and starting conversations as he photographed them. Hussain then expanded the project to London and Nottingham.

The resulting exhibition, presented with quotes from the men themselves, gives a startling insight into how they are trying to negotiate masculinity and vulnerability in a multi-cultural society.

Mahtab Hussain: You Get Me?, Impressions Gallery, January 12 to March 24, 2018.

Top 2018 exhibitions
Seacombe Ferry From The Pier Head Series, Tom Wood 1985 © Tom Wood

The Pier Head – Tom Wood

The Mersey Ferries operate between Liverpool and the Wirral peninsula.

Photographer Tom Wood lived in New Brighton for 25 years, and on most days throughout the 70s and 80s, he crossed the river.

He photographed while waiting for the boat to arrive, on board the ferry and then later at the Pier Head.

These images, selected from 1000s of rolls of film, form The Pier Head – Tom Wood, an exhibition at Liverpool’s Open Eye Gallery, just two minutes away from the Pier Head terminal itself.

Most of the images are being shown in the UK for the first time.

A new book, Termini, will launch with the exhibition, featuring a range of images from the show and specially-written text by poet Paul Farley.

The Pier Head – Tom Wood, Open Eye Gallery, January 12 to March 25, 2018.

Top 2018 exhibitions
© Alejandra Carles-Tolra, Untitled, from the series Where We Belong, originally commissioned through the JerwoodPhotoworks Awards, 2017

Jerwood/Photoworks Awards

New work by Alejandra Carles-Tolra, Sam Laughlin and Lua Ribeira will go on display in the second Jerwood/Photoworks Awards exhibition.

The exhibition explores themes including death, belonging and the fragility of the natural world.

Alejandra Carles-Tolra explores the relationship between individual and group identity. In Where We Belong she investigates themes of belonging, femininity and escapism by following a group of Jane Austen devotees.

Sam Laughlin’s series A Certain Movement is a meditation on the the state of the natural world and our place within it. His work focuses on patterns of animal behaviour and intricate natural processes occurring all around us.

Lua Ribeira’s constructed series Subida al Cielo (heavenly ascent) is a personal visualisation, built on the fear of dying. Motivated by escape from reality and the longing for mythological significance in contemporary life, the work is an allegorical exploration of the inevitable decay of the human body, in relation to classical mythology and religious symbols of mortality.

Spectrum Photographic is the official print partner.

Jerwood/Photoworks Awards, Jerwood Space London, January 17 to March 11, 2018, touring to Bradford and Belfast.

Image 5000 Feet is the Best, 2011 by Omer Fast. Digital video, colour, sound, English spoken. 30 min. Courtesy of GB agency, Paris and Arratia Beer, Berlin. Still by Yonn Thomas

At Altitude

The way new technologies allowing us to see an elevated view of the world affect our experience of landscapes, time and space is the subject of this upcoming exhibition.

It will chart these changing experiences, ranging from early aviation technologies to today’s drone surveillance.

Painting, sculpture, photography and film will all be used to interpret these ever-changing ways of viewing our world.

Artists include Omer Fast, Mishka Henner, Jananne Al-Ani, Tacita Dean, Wolfgang Tilmans and Cornelia Parker

At Altitude, Towner Art Gallery, April 28 to July 15, 2018.

Guy Bourdin – Untitled 1952 © The Guy Bourdin Estate

Shape of Light, 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art

Abstract art and the birth of photography were both defining moments in the visual arts.

Yet the two journeys are often told separately.

Not so with this exhibition at the Tate Modern – the first major exhibition to explore the relationship between the two, from the 1910s to the present day.

Work by pioneers like Man Ray will be exhibited alongside contemporary artists and major figures from the abstract art world, including Jackson Pollock and Bridget Riley.

Shape of Light, 100 Years of Photography and Abstract ArtTate Modern, May 2 to October 14, 2018.

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© LeeMillerArchives: Henry Moore with his sculpture Mother and Child, East Sussex, England, 1953

Lee Miller & Surrealism in Britain

Starting off as a model in Vogue in the 1920s Lee Miller soon moved behind the camera, establishing her own studio in Paris.

This exhibition will explore the creative networks between artists in the UK in the 1930s and 40s through Miller’s lens.

Miller’s photographs of and collaborations with, surrealists working in the UK will be displayed alongside their own paintings and sculptures.

Featured artists include Eileen Agar, Leonora Carrington, Max Ernst and René Magritte.

The exhibition will also look at Miller’s own practice and how she brought surrealism to the worlds of fashion and journalism.

Lee Miller & Surrealism in Britain, The Hepworth Wakefield, June 22 to October 7, 2018.

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©Viviane Sassen Yellow Vlei

Viviane Sassen: Hot Mirror

Echoing Miller’s career, Viviane Sassen straddles both fashion and art.

The inspiration of surrealism is once again central to this exhibition and can be seen in the dreamlike landscapes of her work.

Hot Mirror will bring together photographs from collections made over the last 10 years alongside new photographs and collages.

It will also present a new version of her immersive film installation, Totem.

Viviane Sassen: Hot Mirror, The Hepworth Wakefield, June 22 to October 2, 2018.

Copy by Sheena Campbell

Main image: Seacombe Ferry From The Pier Head Series, Tom Wood 1985 © Tom Wood

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