work by Edward Hillel in Manchester
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As suggested to
me by several of your readers, I am enclosing a Press Release
about my upcoming exhibition at the Manchester Art Gallery.
13 July - 1 September 2002
Opening: 11 July, 2002 6 - 9 p.m.
project Coming Soon... is an intimate installation
which deals with ideas of memory and landscape. The subject
of the project is an area of Manchester called Little Ireland,
once a hugely important mill site where 40,000 poor people
lived and worked during the Industrial Revolution and beyond.
Little Ireland, and more specifically the Dunlop Factory at
the heart of the site, is now about to be turned into exclusive
loft apartments by the city's property developers. Using photography,
video and found pieces from the area, Edward Hillel captures
a moment in time between the past and the future and is both
local and universal in its themes.
will consist of an evocative combination of photographs and
video projections of the Little Ireland site and the abandoned
Dunlop factory in its last days before conversion, along with
displays of found pieces such as rusty factory wheels salvaged
from the site. An audio soundtrack recreates the sound of
The project aims
to give a flavour of the Dickensian, labyrinthine nature of
the factory and to portray a little of its fascinating history,
which spans some 200 years and influenced the likes of Marx
and Engels to develop their ideas on the working class and
the theory of communism. On a local level, the Gallery hopes
to run a reminiscence project with older people who have had
connections with the site in the past and will be invited
to see the project to use the art as a starting point to trigger
publication will feature the artist's photographs of Manchester
and the abandoned production site.
was born in Iraq and divides his time between Montreal, New
York and Paris. His multi-disciplinary work is exhibited and
published widely and includes photography, video, audio, objects
and installations. In 1999, Hillel was awarded the German
Critics' Association Visual Arts Prize after presenting four
exhibitions in Berlin and an installation in the Museum of
Modern Art, Weimar.
is supported by the Regional Arts Lottery Board, Taylor Woodrow
Plc, the Canadian High Commission and the Québec Government
House Uk. It is being shown as part of Cultureshock and the
Spirit of Friendship Festival. Edward Hillel's work is supported
by the Canada Council for the Arts.
For further information
and images, please contact Kim Gowland, Manchester
Art Gallery on Tel 0161 235 8861 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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