‘Walk in my shoes’
Graphic Design Exhibition at the Parkside Building, Floor One, Cardigan Street.
‘Walk in my shoes’, is a creative collection to raise awareness of real world issues. The exhibition from the School of Visual Communication has been on display since the 9th November, and continue until the 29th November.
This exhibition aims to highlight real world issues through the form of graphically designed advertisements. Many of the issues illustrated in the exhibition largely go unreported by mainstream media, with a select amount having no visibility at all.
This exhibition has proved to be positively progressive, as it has enabled students to research world issues that are in need of desperate recognition and campaigning. Such as the refugee crisis, homelessness visibility, the lack of recognition of anxiety disorders in young people and ageism within our society.
One of the most engaging and empathetic advertisements was designed by Visual Communications student Abigail Bills (in collaboration with level 4 students Joseph Matten and John Cooper), who tackled the ever-present issues of prejudice against certain breeds of dogs.
Currently, there is a growing issue within the UK of misidentifying Staffordshire bull terriers as dogs classified under the Dangerous Dogs Act of 1991. This misidentification has tragically ended with certain dogs being put down.
Abigail believes that the Staffordshire bull terriers have been ‘ misportrayed by the media and society as a ‘dangerous breed’’ and also that ‘it is fact the irresponsible breeding of owners that has condemned the Staffordshire Bull Terrier above all’.
Abigail’s empathy for this issue can be felt through the emotive use of black and white portraiture to present the true nature of this breed. Also, by the use of language in her strap lines that engage the audience to review their own thought on how these dogs in the are portrayed mainstream media.
All students and staff involved are to be congratulated for a thought provoking and innovative exhibition!
‘Bipolar Fantasy, reserved for…’
‘Bipolar Fantasy, reserved for…’ is a photography exhibition on the ground floor of the Parkside Building, and is showing until the 21st November. It is a five-year study undertaken by Paul Lander, who is a lecturer in photography here at Birmingham City University.
This five-year study has culminated in an exhibition of his self-titled ‘photographic observations’ of the paradoxical nature of the state of Florida, USA.
‘Encountering Tinkerbelle v Harry Potter, dolphin v alligator, the Everglades v humanity, have all contributed to a self- interrogation of how I perceive awareness of those moments in my life’
He has captured this bizarre visual culture solely through the use of his iPhone – stepping out of his role as a tourist and into the role of the observer. In doing this, he captures the everyday pictures but heightened to a new ethereal status in the warmth of tones, vividness of colours and the unique quality of subject matter.
Each image is juxtaposed in the subject matter and form. However, each one is seamlessly tied together to create an undisturbed narrative within which the audience can take a glimpse into this paradoxical state.
If you want to find out more about Paul Lander and his practice, access the link below for more information:
Be sure to look out for our upcoming corridor exhibitions here at BCU on the Parkside Gallery blog!