HOME is an exhibition of 70 black and white photographs by Robert Golden. The exhibition combines stills, documentary films, texts and traditional music as well as a series of workshops and master classes.
‘As tourism, fast food joints, brands, movies, language and music travel across borders without constraint, a homogenization of culture is developing in which people lose not only the sense of where they belong but the memory of belonging, the sense of HOME itself…the place which is distinctive and theirs.’ Robert Golden
HOME includes photographs of British industrial workers in their everyday lives taken by Robert Golden in the 1970s. This was when heavy industries were exported to cheaper labour areas in other parts of the world and many British people lost their income, communities and traditions.
More recently, whilst filming a documentary series called SAVOURING EUROPE, Robert Golden unexpectedly witnessed the same fear he had seen 25 years earlier. This time he saw it in the eyes of farmers and villagers on the verge of losing their land and traditions as a result of global corporations imposing themselves on regional markets, eradicating much that is distinctive.
“I realised that I had documented two key moments of change in the development of a global culture and economy. In both cases there was and is a loss of home – the place where people come from and often wish to stay. It is these and other images and documents which have produced this exhibition.”
Eamon McCabe, the award winning photographer and picture editor says of Golden’s work:
‘Robert Golden is one of the most passionate photographers I know. He not only wants to take great photographs and make great films but he wants us to see want is really happening in the world, as he would say "under the rocks". I have known him for over thirty years and he hasn't given up yet.’
This exhibition has been show three times in the Southwest of England but it is of national importance, particularly now with the ever worsening economic crisis.
Its next showing is in Bridport, Dorset during the Spirit of Bridport Festival, at the same time as the Para-Olympics take place in the Southwest of England in August 2012.
As part of the HOME exhibition, Robert has initiated, with the help of local volunteers, a HOME IN BRIDPORT project. This is based around his idea that as each person has an inner and outer journey in life and as the narrative of that journey is often lost in everyday existence or overwhelmed by the media and popular culture, for an individual and his/her society to be healthy, they must engage their own imaginations to reveal their own story. By penetrating deep into the community and with the help of photographers, filmmakers, writers, musicians, songwriters and audio (radio) professionals, people who otherwise have little opportunity to use their own vision and voice are provided a safe but challenging way to express themselves.
The exhibition, shown in Frome in 2009, was so successful that it led to The Home In Frome movement which has brought many people together in the community and created numerous cultural events in the town.
Robert will be giving a MASTER CLASS about image making which is mainly concerned with why people make pictures and how best to engage with and communicate ideas and feelings.
Home in Frome: homeinfrome.org.uk/
Spirit of Bridport: spiritofbridport.org/2012-festival-of-culture/
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