Parr is a chronicler of our age. In the face of the constantly growing flood of images released by the media, his photographs offer us the opportunity to see the world from his unique perspective.
At first glance, his photographs seem exaggerated or even grotesque. The motifs he chooses are strange, the colours are garish and the perspectives are unusual. Parr’s term for the overwhelming power of published images is “propaganda”. He counters this propaganda with his own chosen weapons: criticism, seduction and humour. As a result, his photographs are original and entertaining, accessible and understandable. But at the same time they show us in a penetrating way how we live, how we present ourselves to others, and what we value.
Martin Parr sensitises our subconscious – and once we’ve seen his photographs, we keep on discovering these images over and over again in our daily lives and recognising ourselves within them. The humour in these photographs makes us laugh at ourselves, with a sense of recognition and release.
BBC One commissioned Martin Parr to create idents from a series of portraits that represent the rich diversity of communities living in the UK today. ‘Oneness’ is a year- long collaboration that reflects BBC One’s role in bringing the nation together with unmissable programmes and events and celebrating all the things we share and have in common.
Join us on Wed, 27th March at the Villa Marina Arcade.
Tickets are free but please register on eventbrite to reserve your place as seating will be limited.
7:00 PM – 9:00 pm