Helen Cammock: Concrete Feathers and Porcelain Tacks




Continuing a practice that harnesses film, photography, print, text, song and performance to explore social histories and interrogate mainstream historical narratives, Cammock brings together residents and community groups of Rochdale, Greater Manchester to articulate both individual and collective experiences as a way of considering what it means to exist as part of a community.

Taking the ideals and ethos of the influential Rochdale Principles of Co-operation established in 1844, as a point of departure, Cammock looks to reconnect with these ideas through open dialogues with residents of Rochdale. The physical and historical landscape of Rochdale town and its surrounding areas form both the backdrop and foreground for a film work that celebrates and interrogates what the principles of social collective co-operation can bring to a community. The film also traces the artist’s and participants’ encounters with a variety of objects drawn from the public art collection and archive at Touchstones, Rochdale’s chief public gallery and museum.

The collection (established for, and by, the people) offers an open, shared resource for the protagonists to access and engage with a century of eclectic artefacts – a selection of which they are then invited to resituate in a variety of locations in their local area as a way of creating new meanings and connections. The objects chosen are highly idiosyncratic, including a bust of the singer Paul Robeson, a vintage sewing machine, a collection of walking sticks and a wooden box camera.

Duration 15 October 2021 - 13 February 2022
Times Tuesday – Wednesday: 10.00 – 18.00 Thursday – Friday (Lates): 10.00 – 20.00 Saturday: 10.00 – 18.00 Sunday: 11.00 – 18.00
Cost £5
Venue The Photographers' Gallery
Address 16 - 18 Ramillies Street, London, W1F 7LW
Contact 4402070879300 / info@tpg.org.uk / www.thephotographersgallery.org.uk

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