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DO NOT REFREEZE
THIS EXHIBITION TOOK PLACE IN 2008 Monday - Saturday 11:00am - 5:00pm Sun/Bank Holidays 12:00pm - 4:00pm Ursula Arnold, Sibylle Bergemann, Arno Fischer, Helga Paris, Evelyn Richter, Erasmus Schroeter, Gundula Schulze Eldowy, Maria Sewcz, Ulrich Wüst. Do Not Refreeze brings together a group of photographers whose extraordinary contribution to European photography has quite literally been ‘frozen out’ by the cold war. Almost completely unknown in Britain, these artists developed their practice in the former East Germany negotiating its omnipresent secret police to create imagery which is increasingly being compared to luminaries such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paul Strand and Robert Frank. Disparate in background and experience, their works use an unforgiving documentary aesthetic to convey both the harsh realities and remarkable richness of life behind the iron curtain. These stunning images convey a glimpse of day-to day life and evoke the claustrophobia, rage, envy and ideological pomp of the communist era as well as the unexpected personal warmth, tenderness and exoticism to be found throughout the socialist commonwealth. Sticking closely to the mantra of ‘realism’ - the state directed creed which defined what was artistically acceptable - these photographers circumnavigated a rigid system of censorship to produce the most insightful and openly socially critical visual arts output in East Germany’s forty year history. A UH Galleries Touring Exhibition curated by Matthew Shaul. LECTURES FRIDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 6.30 - 7.30PM (FOLLOWED BY PRIVATE VIEW) DJANOGLY ART GALLERY, LECTURE THEATRE ADMISSION FREE An illustrated introduction to Do Not Refreeze by the exhibition’s curator Matthew Shaul. GALLERY TALKS THURSDAY 16 OCTOBER 1-2PM DJANOGLY ART GALLERY ADMISSION FREE A guided tour of the exhibition with Matthew Shaul. All the lectures and talks are free but space is limited so please book in advance by calling the Box Office on 0115 846 7777.