Marjolaine Ryley’s exhibition of new work ‘Growing up in the New Age’ opens at Street Level Photoworks on Saturday 21 April – 3 June 2012.
Ryley’s practice uses autobiography as a tool for investigating her subjects, moving between the personal album and the social document, between research and practice.
Growing up in the New Age explores ideas of memory, history, familial relationships and archival narratives. It is an ongoing journey through the fascinating subject of alternative education and philosophies of the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s including pacifism, anarchism, counter-culture, left wing politics, women’s rights and ‘new age’ ideas. Drawing on her own life growing up in the 1970s and 80s and her parents experiences, from their initial meeting in a commune in the south of France, she uncovers the early formulation of their ideologies, set against the backdrop of political and cultural happenings of the 1960s and early 1970s.
She also explores alternative education and the belief systems that led to the founding of Kirkdale Free School by a group of alternative thinking parents in the 1960s, which Ryley attended from 1976 – 1987. Included in the exhibition are a series of black and white prints by Dave Walkling, whose images of Kirkdale and the squatting scene add a salient primary source of evidence of the time alongside other items which knit the archival records with the lyrical imagery of Ryley’s.
An exhibition guide with contributions from Zoe Lippett, Val Williams and Malcolm Dickson is available.
Exhibition Related Events:
Friday 18th May, 2pm. Exhibition talk for photography students with Marjolaine Ryley. Free, all welcome.
Saturday 19th May, 12-1.30pm, Portfolio reviews led by Marjolaine Ryley. Free, booking essential.
Saturday 19th May, 3pm. Exhibition tour with Marjolaine Ryley. Free, All welcome.