Another Kind of Life

Photography on the Margins

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Touching on themes of countercultures, subcultures and minorities of all kinds, the show features the work of 20 photographers from the 1950s to the present day.

Another Kind of Life follows the lives of individuals and communities operating on the fringes of society from America to India, Chile to Nigeria. The exhibition reflects a more diverse, complex view of the world, as captured and recorded by photographers. Driven by personal and political motivations, many of the photographers sought to provide an authentic representation of the disenfranchised communities with whom they spent months, years or even decades with, often conspiring with them to construct their own identity through the camera lens.

Featuring communities of sexual experimenters, romantic rebels, outlaws, survivalists, the economically dispossessed and those who openly flout social convention, the works present the outsider as an agent of change. From street photography to portraiture, vernacular albums to documentary reportage, the show includes the Casa Susanna CollectionPaz Errazuriz, Pieter HugoMary Ellen Mark and Dayanita Singh.

Advanced booking recommended.

This exhibition is part of our 2018 season The Art of Change, which explores how the arts respond to, reflect and potentially effect change in the social and political landscape.

This exhibition contains some works of an adult nature. Parental guidance advised, and children 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

No photography, food or drink permitted in the gallery. Rucksacks and large bags must be deposited in the cloakroom.

The average viewing time for the exhibition is 90 minutes, excluding video run time. 

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Part of The Art of Change

Our 2018 season explores how the arts respond to, reflect and potentially effect change in the social and political landscape.

Another Kind of Life Story: Podcast Series

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Episode 3 - Dayanita Singh & Mona's Story

We look at Mona Ahmad's story, a eunuch, or 'hijra', and her friendship with Dayanita Singh. Actress Shobu Kapoor brings life to Mona’s emails, accompanied by insight from director, Ila Mehrotra-Jenkins and Exhibition Assistant, Charlotte Flint.

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Episode 2 - Igor Palmin and the Soviet Hippies

Social and cultural historian of the Soviet Union, Juliane Furst and Ilia Rogatchevski, a Russian born, Scotland raised sound artist, discuss the subjects of Igor Palmin's photographs documenting the 'Soviet hippy' movement of the 1970s.

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Episode 1: Casa Susanna

We discuss Casa Susanna with curator, Alona Pardo, Rhyannon Styles, author of The New Girl: A Trans Girl Tells It Like It Is and Professor Michael 'Miqqi Alicia' Gilbert, who share some of their own responses to this collection of photographs. 

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Barbican Meets: Paz

Since the 1980s, Chilean photographer Paz Errázuriz has documented those living on the fringes of society: from trans communities to the homeless. Here she recounts the stories behind some of her photographs.

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Barbican Meets: Walter Pfeiffer

 

Swiss photographer Walter Pfeiffer recounts his first steps into the world of photography, and shares the story of how Carlo Joh, his series of photographs of a young man oscillating between naked, made-up and drag, came into being.

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Watch: Young Reviewer on Another Kind of Life

 

Young Reviewer Barbara headed to the margins with our photography exhibition Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins - here she shares her highlights of the show...

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School groups

Please download our Teacher Resource for information about exhibition content and suitability for school visits.

A special school group rate is available alongside free exhibition tours which are suitable for secondary school groups aged 14 and up. A discounted group booking applies to all school groups of 10 or more:
Year 10 up to sixth form (up to age 19): £3 per student

For bookings and enquiries please contact the school groups booking line: Tel: 020 7382 7211 (Mon–Fri 10am–5pm) Email: groups@barbican.org.uk

Please note, you will need to book at least two weeks in advance if you would like a free exhibition tour as part of your visit.

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