Division, Resistance & Empowerment at Parkside Gallery

Robert, outside his council flat in Ladywood, Birmingham. He is opposing the bedroom tax. He has lived in the flat for 15 years, with his refugee wife and 2 daughters from Sierra Leone of whom one has moved out. Ladywood has the highest number of people in Birmingham effected by the bedroom tax. © Timm Sonnenschein timm@timmsonnenschein.com www.timmsonnenschein.com NUJ recommended terms & conditions apply. Moral rights asserted under Copyright Designs & Patents Act 1988. Credit is required. No part of this photo to be stored, reproduced, manipulated or transmitted by any means without permission.

Robert, outside his council flat in Ladywood, Birmingham. He is opposing the bedroom tax. He has lived in the flat for 15 years, with his refugee wife and 2 daughters from Sierra Leone of whom one has moved out. Ladywood has the highest number of people in Birmingham effected by the bedroom tax.
© Timm Sonnenschein

‘Change is necessary, and consequently a transformative interaction of all members of society is needed. Let’s open the floor for a propaganda of empathy.’ – Timm Sonnenschein, Poverty and Austerity, 2018

As a dedicated idealist, Timm Sonnenschein produces photographic work informed by a search for social and political justice. Since his ordination in 2004 he has been a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, these teachings feature strongly in his work as he seeks to empathise with those he photographs while simultaneously exposing and opposing the forces he sees as undermining an open and engaged contemporary society.

The work displayed at Parkside Gallery between 15 January – 24 February 2018 looks at unrepresented class discrepancies, social injustice, workers’ rights, political struggles and racial tensions throughout Birmingham and internationally. It attempts to open a dialogue, which encourages empathetic insights that work toward strengthening dignity and respect within a too often divided society. Sonnenschein is exploring what position and shape empathy takes and how it is experienced within social and political documentary photography.

For more information about Division, Resistance and Empowerment at Parkside Gallery please contact Leanne O’Connor by email at parksidegallery@bcu.ac.uk.

by Leanne O’Connor

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