youth culture

New Order: Art, Product, Image 1976-1995 at Sprüth Magers



New Order: Art, Product, Image 1976-1995 at Spruth Magers

Wait, Another New Order post punk flavoured exhibition? Wow London, you’re really spoiling me!

Preceding the Chelsea College of Arts ‘Use Hearing Protection: FAC 1 – 50 / 40‘ exhibition curated by Jon Savage and Mat Bancroft (I wrote about it here), there’s a Sprüth Magers show on right now that ends on September 14th.

New Order: Art, Product, Image 1976-1985 explores the post punk and beyond years of British art, music and design. There are art exhibits from the likes of Richard Hamilton, Damien Hirst, Gary Hume and Sarah Lucas, plus the ‘Belgravia’ series and stark black and white punk photos of Karen Knorr. (UPDATE: Karen Knorr’s 1979-80 ‘Belgravia’ series blew my mind…)

There’s also an accompanying talk with Curator Michael Bracewell and Peter Saville today, that’s unsurprisingly over-subscribed. But I’m assured it will be filmed for public consumption.

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On eco-activism, who made your clothes and the third summer of love



Jim Marshall Photography

Are we about to enter the third Summer of Love? All the ingredients seem ripe for the mix; a groundswell of political activism, the legalise weed campaign, plus an overarching peace-n-love vibe from the youth contingent. The last week in London has seen peace protest camps from Extinction Rebellion plot up in Westminster, Oxford Circus and Marble Arch, increasing eco-activism and awareness globally.

When I went to visit the Marble Arch camp on Saturday, it happened to be the same day as the 420 rally, with blazing sunshine, a carefree Glasto vibe and the distinct whiff of weed wafting across from Hyde Park. As with the recent anti-Brexit march, DJs and musicians lent their support to a rotating sound system so the likes of Massive Attack could show solitary to the cause. It was all rather groovy. (more…)



Sanlé Sory – Peuple de la Nuit



Fête au Volta dancing, by anle Sory, 1982

Just opened at the end of Ladbroke Grove, a fantastic exhibition of 1960s-80s nightlife photography by West African photographer, Sanlé Sory.

Sory used to take portrait photos in his Burkina Faso (formerly Bobo-Dioulasso) studio, later scooting to local parties and dances as requested, to shoot partygoers in action. According to him, “if there’s music, you need to have memories. Photography tells the story.”

He would also photograph local jazz musicians, the results of which would end up on their record covers. A few years ago, French writer and music collector Florent Mazzoleni came across some of the records and intrigued by the photography decided to track down the photographer. Legend has it that when he arrived in his village, his enquiries led him to Sory in the midst of burning his negatives. (more…)



Iain McKell on youth subcults



Iain McKell Private Reality - Diary of a Teenage Boy

“Small town subcultures are funny, it’s not like bigger cities where you effectively have tribes. In a small town like Weymouth, one guy in the group is a hippy, another is a skinhead, and another a rocker. It’s the backwater, and it’s always been behind the times, but within that you get little nuggets of interesting people.”

Photographer Iain McKell has uncovered a stash of photos of his 70s youth and has started a Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund his book (more…)