Lost & Found
In the Gas Hall at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
Unless you’re Samsung selling your latest earphones, it’s pretty clear women still experience implicit limitations in modern life. So: an apt time to explore women’s experience of the city through – shocker – women’s eyes. Found Cities, Lost Objects: Women in the City, curated by Turner Prize-winning artist and cultural activist Lubaina Himid CBE, is now in town. In the Gas Hall at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, the exhibition examines modern city life from a female perspective, with an impressive pedigree of female artists on show. Exploring the shared female experiences of urban life, different artists convey the privileges enjoyed, and boundaries faced, by women in the modern city, especially as its venues and spaces shift to new uses. On display until 4 September 2022, over 60 works feature and present the full rostra of modern and contemporary art, including painting, sculpture, photography and film from both the Arts Council Collection and Birmingham’s own collection. From Google Maps to A to Zs, place is the focus in the exhibition; seeing reimaginings of cities designed and built by and for women, questions over the sanctity of – and access to – different parts of society, and documentary photography capturing the life of the city from the female gaze. Former social worker, Helen Cammock’s There’s a Hole in the Sky Part II: Listening to James Baldwin (pictured), uses film and audio to stage an imagined conversation with the author, interrogating the history of storytelling, migration, and the dynamics of power; no doubt influenced by her own experience in social work. A fascinating insight into the contradictory experiences of women – free, but within limits – this is a must-see, with no ticket price but a ‘give what you feel’ to ensure there’s no barrier to seeing it. More
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