This exhibition is a celebration of northern culture from old historical to modern culture. It manages to capture both the myth and the reality of the north. There are 100 photos and objects that take you from the cobbles and terraces to Manchester’s Hacienda nightclub in the 1980s and the emergence of the supermodel Kate Moss as documented by the photographer Corinne Day in the 90s.
The show is a visual feast, featuring a variety of media: art, fashion, famous faces, television programmes and cult records, alongside fashion photoshoots, documentaries and record sleeves. This exhibition has bags of nostalgia and energy and there are notable photographic images, to name a few, by Doncaster-born Alasdair McLellan who dissects northern subcultures – Burly looking men photographed in pubs, clubs, bars and stadiums and ‘their’ women are photographed in domestic environments. There are Glen Luchford’s pictures for Face magazine of The Stone Roses , as well as photographer Shirley Barker, who since the 1950s, has been capturing Northern cities and their inhabitants.
Many of the works offer personal reflections on the artist’s sense of northern identity, including a number of interviews with northern talent looking at how their home towns have influenced their creative output over the years. The international impact of northern style and culture – its music, film, sport, fashion, landscapes and communities – are also showcased in the exhibition, from Belgian-born Raf Simons’ parkas with Peter Savile prints to the (Ben Kelly) Haçienda (design) – inspired designs of American fashion designer Virgil Abloh.
An excellent and very enjoyable exhibition documenting the talent from ‘up north’.
Wed 8th Nov 2017 to Sun 4th Feb 2018
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
Weds – Fri: 11:00 – 20:00, Sat – Tues: 10:00 – 18:00