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ngcalagerfeld.jpg Fashionably wasted

Tim Mitchell’s ‘Product’ at the NGCA brings together two bodies of photographic artworks that track the birth and death of our clothing.

The first body of work was created across six years, when Tim Mitchell secured access-all-areas privileges to capture life backstage at Paris and Milan fashion weeks. Here he presents us with an eye-witness account of how desire is created through enormous spectacle involving multi-million pound budgets. Alongside this he presents a body of work created with the anthropologist Dr Lucy Norris that plots the processes by which our clothes end their lives – being herded together in warehouses, stripped of their identities and marks of distinction, and shipped to the Indian subcontinent to be broken down. This exhibition will be accompanied by a second exhibition from Mitchell entitled ‘The Hopeless Transport Archive, a vast collection of photographic images of abandoned vehicles, accumulated over two full decades.

Product, 31 August-3 November and The Hopeless Transport Archive, 31 August-27 October, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art at National Glass Centre, Sunderland. www.ngca.co.uk