Photography graduate opens new exhibition in Birmingham

Birmingham photographer and contemporary artist Stuart Whipps has unveiled his latest art exhibition in collaboration with the Longbridge Public Art Project, which is ran by Birmingham arts organisation WERK.

Stuart graduated from the University of Wolverhampton with a degree in photography and has been making work at Longbridge since 2004, most recently from 2014 - 2017 as an artist-in-residence within LPAP

The Kipper and The Corpse, which runs until 21 April, showcases a collection of research and projects he has created since 2014.

Speaking to Stuart said:

“The exhibition consists of various elements from my research over the last few years. The work includes formal photographs of the car parts from the ongoing restoration of the 1979 Mini; a live performance; a film of ex-Longbridge worker Keith Woodfield restoring the Mini’s engine, and audio recordings of members of the community reciting from the vast amount of colours that were created at Longbridge car factory, spanning decades of the manufacturing process.

“The exhibition also includes sobering undertones of a turbulent history that is still very present today, such as (the) Fawlty Towers scene and a 48-sheet sized indoor billboard with a hand drawn, infamous cartoon depiction of British Leyland workers which highlights the notorious power and influence that the media yield in our perception of a situation, or moment in time.”

For more information on the exhibition click here.

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