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.

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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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Concessions: £11
Students/14-17: £9
Art Fund Members + 1: £11 each.
Under 14s: Free

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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 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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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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Another Kind of Life Exhibition Poster: Philippe Chancel, Untitled

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Getting here

The exciting events of Barbican OpenFest will impact access to the Centre from 17–18 March. Plan your route here and find out more about accessibility here.

The exhibition will be open until 9pm on Saturday 17 March - advanced booking recommended.

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