Visible Girls: Revisited

Carrie Kirkpatrick (left) and Gill Soper outside the toilets in Crystal Palace, London in November 1980 and April 2017.

Carrie Kirkpatrick (left) and Gill Soper outside the toilets in Crystal Palace, London in November 1980 and April 2017.

In the early 1980's, photographer Anita Corbin made double portraits of young women from different cultural groups. Launching in July, Visible Girls: Revisited is an exhibition showcasing these portraits alongside newly commissioned portraits of the same women now.

Corbin in the early 80's was fascinated by how different cultural groups such as skins, mods, punks, rockabillies, new romantics, rastas and young lesbians were expressed through fashion, music and environment by women emerging from adolescence. These girls were living in the moment and dreaming of the future. The ground breaking project, Visible Girls, toured in the 80's and 90's.

A very interesting concept, Anita Corbin launched an international social media campaign and over 70% of the women were found and a new series began.

Linda Robinson (left) and Susan Stecker outside Southgate tube station, London, in March 1981 and April 2017

Linda Robinson (left) and Susan Stecker outside Southgate tube station, London, in March 1981 and April 2017

The individual stories behind each image will be revealed, exploring how the women's lives have changed since the original shot was taken. What has happened in those 36 years? Have their lives developed as they imagined? How have changes in society and its attitudes to women affected them?

“This exhibition is not only about the powerful bond between women united by subculture, belief and friendship, but about the potential of women coming together across generations. Visible Girls: Revisited, allows the ‘visibility’ of youth to shine a light on the often-disregarded wisdom of the older woman, revealing a unique, cross-generational tribe with the power to provoke and inspire. Visible Girls: Revisited is an exhibition where mothers and daughters will find mutually provocative ground through which to forge a rare solidarity - that at this point in our history we need more than ever.”  Anita Corbin.
 

Exhibition Dates

Hull, Artlink: 7 July 2017 - 11 August 2017
Exeter, Phoenix: 17 November - 21 December 2017
Norwich Arts Centre: 7 February - 14 March 2018
Bristol, 3CA: 6 September - 4 October 2018

Additional galleries to be announced shortly

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