New Sheffield arts exhibition demonstrates how traumatic memory lingers in landscapes

One of the photos from the new exhibition, 'Invisible Wounds'.

A new arts exhibition in Sheffield aims to demonstrate how traumatic memory lingers in different landscapes.

The exhibition, titled Invisible Wounds: Landscape in Memory and Photography, is opening on the 5 March at the Graves Gallery, and will show how artists represent the ways that devastating acts of the past continue to haunt the cities, streets, and fields where they happened.

Curated by Dr Amanda Crawley Jackson from the University of Sheffield’s School of Languages and Cultures, in collaboration with Museums Sheffield, it brings together over 45 photographs, featuring work from internationally renowned artists such as Denis Darzacq, Chloe Dewe Mathews, and David Farrell.

Dr Crawley said: “When traumatic events like conflict or destruction occur, the memories of them can remain long after the visible traces of the events have gone. These memories have a lasting impact on how a place develops and can influence the way people see places for many years to come.

“This experience is something that is explored in the artwork on display in the exhibition. It  highlights the role that trauma has in place-making. The exhibition will enable people to view different places around the world through the eyes of others and see memories that otherwise might be invisible.”

Louisa Briggs, Exhibitions and Display Curator at Museums Sheffield said: “We’re thrilled to be working with Dr Crawley Jackson and the University of Sheffield to show these remarkable, thought-provoking works at Graves Gallery.

“Sometimes it’s easy to overlook the history that’s woven into the fabric of the streets that we walk down and the environments we experience.  In places where traumatic events have taken place the signs of that trauma fade with time, but still remain in our collective memories. The artists featured in this exhibition each evoke those memories in powerful and tangible ways.”

The exhibition runs from the 5 March to 20 June 2020, and entry is free.

For more information about the exhibition, check out the website page here. 

Featured Image: James Morris, Lifta, district of Jerusalem. From Time and Remains of Palestine © the artist

Written by Catherine Lewis

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