In 1981, photographer Anita Corbin captured pivotal “coming of age” moments in the life of 56 young women – all members of different subcultural tribes: Skins, Mods, Punks, Rockabillies, New Romantics, Rastas and young lesbians. The result was an extraordinary collection of double portraits that represented sisterhood, friendship, belief and allegiance against a potent backdrop of heightened social, cultural and political change in ’80s Britain.
36 years on Corbin wondered: what happened to all those women who were so dedicated to their subcultural tribes? What became of their dreams and beliefs? Supported by Arts Council England, Anita has re-photographed most of the original girls using new digital technology, creating a set of images that will sit alongside the originals in this touring exhibition. It also incorporates original tape recordings with some of the girls made in 1981.
This powerful exhibition brings together two eras of a woman’s life, interweaving societal changes, women’s rights, identity and the question we all ask ourselves at some point in our lives:
‘who am I really?’
Wednesday 7 February – Wednesday 14 March 2018
Monday – Friday 1pm – 5pm and Saturdays 10am – 6pm (check website for updates)
Opening Night Wednesday 7 February 5pm – 7pm
Catering kindly provided by NORSE
7 JUL – 11 AUG 2017
17 NOV – 21 DEC 2017
7 FEB – 14 MAR 2018
6 SEPT – 4 OCT 2018