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Janet Mendelsohn: Varna Road

Janet Mendelsohn, The street (c.1968). Black and white photographic print. Courtesy Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections, University of Birmingham.

From 27 January to 3 April 2016 Ikon Gallery hosts the largest exhibition to date of photographs by American academic and documentary filmmaker Janet Mendelsohn.

Part of a ‘photo-essay’ Mendelsohn made as a student at the University of Birmingham during 1967–69, the photographs depict everyday life in the inner-city Birmingham district of Balsall Heath. By using photography as 'a tool for cultural analysis', she provides a unique insight into a transforming community, shaped by increasing immigration from the Caribbean and South Asia, and affected by ongoing poverty-related issues.

The Social Eye of Janet Mendelsohn - On Saturday 30 January join a panel of leading artists, academics and professionals to explore the value of art that works with communities to tell real stories; as well as issues around gender, representation and social/political narratives in art. 


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