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Susan Andrews
Shifting Perspectives


Foyer Gallery
London Metropolitan University
and touring

November 4 - December 12, 2003

work: 270 images as a block, a narrative sequence of 16 images with text, two diaries of images (one with text), one sequence of ten portrait images, two diptychs and one triptych

This project is a collaboration between Susan Andrews, Amanda Hopkinson (University of East Anglia, Norwich) and seven professional photographers:

Susan Andrews - initiator, curator, seminar chair and panellist, catalogue editor and contributor
Amanda Hopkinson - catalogue essayist and seminar panellist
Fiona Yaron-Fileld - one of seven professional artist/photographers who have children with Down’s Syndrome and who contributed photographic work for the touring exhibition and catalogue.

This work explores the photographic representation of people with Down’s Syndrome, challenging attitudes and prejudices and examining alternative representations of both adults and children. Outside the areas of medical and charity based imagery there has been little serious photographic inquiry into this subject area. The work also confronts an image-saturated culture where the appearance of the individual holds such high currency. It addresses the way in which this attitude is reflected in the narrowness of photographic representations relating to value and beauty.

This exhibition and catalogue bring together the work of seven photographers, all of whom have children with Down’s Syndrome. The work reflects a contemporary trend in the tradition of documentary photography, where practitioners are no longer objective observers, with limited understanding of the complexity of the situation they photograph, but are personally involved with their subjects and consequently approach their work as artists, through subjective self-expression.

Slideshow: Susan Andrews - Shifting Perspectives

Touring exhibition venues:

Foyer Gallery, Sir John Cass Dept. of Art, Media & design, London Metropolitan University
November 4 - December 12, 2003

A seminar accompanied the exhibition on November 7, with panelists Amanda Hopkinson, Andy Merriman, Charlotte Moore and Anya de Souza.

Norwich Arts Centre
including seminar/panel discussion with contributing artists and Amanda Hopkinson from UEA
March 5, 2004; February 2 - March 26, 2005

Shifting Perspectives seminar

Langdon Down Centre, Teddington
June 2 - 30, 2005

Oxo Tower Gallery, London
July 5 - 10, 2005

Shifting Perspectives catalogue

invitation card for the Foyer Gallery:

press and reviews

back to Susan Andrews home page

London Metropolitan University