John Kippin! Let’s have a couple!
John Kippin’s photographs have been much in demand at exhibitions right around the world but Sunderland is the place to head this month if you want to catch up with his work as they’re holding two distinct exhibitions of his stuff. Romantics (from which the above picture is taken) reveals a brand new body of work created in Rome since 2012.
It was made before the rise of the far-right on both sides of the Atlantic, but after the austerity imposed by governments across Europe that has allowed parties such as Northern League in Italy, the Front National in France, Golden Dawn in Greece, the Freedom Party in Austria etc to flourish. In this exhibition Kippin reflects upon both the state of contemporary politics by dwelling on the image of the future built by a far-right nationalist regime that still exists, to picture the daily life lived amongst it. The work can be read as a kind of portrait of Europe in our time.
Based on a True Story meanwhile surveys forty years of his work, bringing together contributions from nine leading scholars and curators in the field, each of them selecting works from Kippin’s forty-year archive to provide new insights into his way of seeing the world through a lens.John Kippin: Romanitas, until 24 June; John Kippin: Based on a True Story, 30 June-23 September. Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland. www.ngca.co.uk