'Black Country' - 9 solo exhibitions at Galerie Monica Reitz Frankfurt am Main 1998; Anthony Reynolds Gallery London 1998; Galerie Mot & Van den Boogaard Brussels; 1999; Anthony Reynolds Gallery London 2005; Galway Arts Festival Galway 2005; Galleria Marabini Bologna 2005; La Fabrica Madrid 2005 and The New Art Gallery Walsall 2006

Billingham, Richard ORCID: 0000-0002-6474-5656 (1992) 'Black Country' - 9 solo exhibitions at Galerie Monica Reitz Frankfurt am Main 1998; Anthony Reynolds Gallery London 1998; Galerie Mot & Van den Boogaard Brussels; 1999; Anthony Reynolds Gallery London 2005; Galway Arts Festival Galway 2005; Galleria Marabini Bologna 2005; La Fabrica Madrid 2005 and The New Art Gallery Walsall 2006. [Show/Exhibition]

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There have been nine solo shows of ‘Black Country’, they were ‘Black Country’, The New Art Gallery, Walsall, 2006; ‘Black Country’, La Fabrica, Madrid, 2005; ‘Black Country’, Galleria Marabini, Bologna, 2005; ‘Black Country’, Galway Arts Festival, Galway, 2005; ‘Black Country’, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, 2005; Galerie Mot & Van den Boogaard, Brussels, 1999; Galerie Monica Reitz, Frankfurt am Main, 1998 and Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London 1998. Besides solo show, the work has also been included extensively in many group exhibitions. Black Country (1992 – 2003) was an investigation into the intimacy of place, memory and history and was made in the artist’s small home town of Cradley Heath, UK where he was born and grew up. Black Country consists of two bodies of photographic work made 1992 – 1997 and 2002 – 2003. The first body of photographs were about childhood and place and consisted of photographs made in Cradley Heath. The second body of work was commissioned by The Public, West Bromwich. Again, the images were made in Cradley Heath but this time at night, they explored mood and atmosphere and where lit by the existing sodium streetlight, giving a cinematic appearance. Cradley Heath, small town in the West Midlands, is famous for chain making and heavy industry. It is geographically considered to be the heart of the industrial revolution in the UK. Inadvertently, Black Country also documents a shift away from manufacturing industry to that of a service industry at the turn of the 21st century. In 2017, Billingham shot the cinema feature film ‘Ray & Liz’, 1hr 47mins, on location in Cradley Heath. It was based on lived experience - childhood memories and observations of growing up in the Black Country during the Thatcher Era. Some of the locations from Black Country were revisited and used for the film, opening up new insights and back story to the photographic work. There was a hardback photobook published by The Public, West Bromwich in 2004 documenting all of all of the work with an essay by Jonathan Watkins, writer, curator and director of the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham and introduction by Sylvia King, director of the Public, West Bromwich.

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Arts > Art
Research Priority Areas: Creative Practice as Research
Depositing User: Richard Billingham
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2019 16:30
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2019 16:30
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/7521

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