10 March – 18 March 2016
What are the things that actually create empathy with others, what sights help us to connect to the lives of other human beings rather than walk on by; how can things be recorded in such a way that we actually feel what we see?
Colliding Worlds is an exhibition looking at the documentation of social change through the lens and brings together the work of the documentary film makers, Hannan Majid and Richard York with the street photographer Charlie Phillips and new work from Morpeth School and Sixth Form students.
We launched the show on the 10th March with an informal talk from Charlie Philips, and rounded it up on the 17th March with a tour of the show from the UDITA filmmakers Rainbow Collective.
Hannan Majid and Richard York – The Rainbow collective –
Udita (Arise) is made in Bangladesh. ‘UDITA’ follows 5 years in the lives of the women at the grass roots of the garment workers struggle. From 2010, when organising (sharing experience of the abuse) in the workplace would lead to beatings, sacking and arrests; through the tragedies of Tazreen and Rana Plaza, and to the present day, when the long fight begins to pay dividends. We see this vital period through the eyes of the unions’ female members, workers and leaders.’ -Rainbow Collective
Charlie Philips documents the social world around him using photography. Charlie came to the U.K when he was a boy from Kingston Jamaica in 1956. His work documents a wide scope of time mainly in London and includes the lives of migrant communities and the struggles for social justice that was prominent during the 1960’s. His photographs collect the hidden histories of Afro Caribbean communities and his work contains important messages and truths that have meant it has not always been easy for him to show his work to a wide audience.
The following link is for another Rainbow Collective project – working with street children in Bangladesh who wrote, shot and directed a series of short films: Rainbow Collective
Opening night special guests are Icykal and Laayie : Rap Performance 10.03.2016
Powerful, profound, heart-string wrenching rappers Icykal and Laayie’s music embraces the social, political, personal and spiritual in an unshrinking fearless torrent.
Portrait of Icykal & Laayie by Aishah Ahmed, flyer design by Aniqa Rahman – both of whom are Morpeth School photography students