If you happen to be in Brighton, England this weekend (Oct. 3-5) for the Photo Fringe Festival, you’ll have a chance to pop into the tiny, traveling Caravan Gallery, which has been trundling around the UK since 2001 displaying photos that emphasize, according to their website, “the reality, and surreality, of contemporary Britain.” The Caravan Gallery is an exhibition space, a caravan, and a visual arts project by British artists Jan Williams and Chris Teasdale, who describe themselves as “simultaneously seduced by and suspicious of the rose-tinted tones of tourist information brochures, and frustrated by their yawning omissions.” Williams and Teasdale have set out to correct those omissions by photo-documenting curious juxtapositions they come across in their travels, and they display their photos in the 1969 car trailer that follows them around. Gallery visitors are welcome to suggest places for them to investigate next.
If you miss them in Brighton, you may be able to catch the show in the USA. Chris Teasdale says
We are fundraising to bring The Carvaan Gallery to the USA next year and planning to exhibit images in the caravan of towns and cities in the UK to places with the same name in America. We will be traveling between LA and New York stopping off at (among others) Portsmouth, Glasgow, Liverpool and Washington. We have a film company involved o capture the reactions of the American public to the “real” Britain.
Check their calendar for updates.
Hat tip: Shedworking
Photo: the Caravan Gallery
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