‘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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
by Leanne O’Connor