14 May 2013 by Louise Beard
This week is an exciting week for the Walker Art Gallery as we open our new exhibition, ‘ALIVE: In the Face of Death’ by world renowned photographer, Rankin this Friday. The exhibition forms part of the ‘LOOK/13: Liverpool International Photography Festival‘ which sees dozens of photographic exhibitions taking place across the city centre.
The theme for this year’s festival is ‘who do you think you are?’ Rankin’s exhibition explores this theme candidly, with portraits of people who know that their time is running out or people who have overcome great adversity. Though, rather than being morbid, the exhibition is about empowering the people in the portraits, celebrating their life and exploring people’s diversity of character.
On the same day that the exhibition opens, the Walker will also be until 10pm for LightNight, which sees cultural organisations and venues around the city centre throwing open their doors until late. This gives people an exciting and rare opportunity to take in a new exhibition after-hours. Liverpool Community Choir and LIPA students will also be performing songs inspired by LOOK/13’s theme making for an interesting atmosphere in which to discover ‘ALIVE: In the Face of Death’.
As well as Rankin’s new exhibition, there will be a further two LOOK/13 exhibitions open at the Walker for visitors to view this Friday; ‘Every Man and Woman is a Star’ looks at who Merseyside was with photographs by photographic chroniclers, Tom Wood and Martin Parr. Plus ‘Double Take: Portraits from the Keith Medley Archive’ will display portraits of Merseysiders shot twice using the same glass plate negative resulting in an eerie series of double shots.
You can see the full LightNight programme here.
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