‘Satire and the Image of the City’ on Tuesday 9 October from 7 to 8:30pm at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art Manchester on Thomas Street in the Northern Quarter. It’s free, but you have to book in advance. According to RedEye I’ll be talking about how:
“The image of Manchester has been accurately represented visually over the years by the likes of local stalwarts Samuel Coulthurst or Kevin Cummins. In times of political and social flux, a rather more acerbic, satirical identity has been required, and Photographer David Dunnico is one of the people to have picked up that baton”.
As well as showing photos of (closed) public toilets and statues with cones on their heads, you’ll have a vision of a project called ‘In God We Trust’ and a sneak peek of my next exhibition, which is about the Union Jack. It’ll be held next year just in time for Brexit – and if you voted Leave, you’re probably not going to like it and probably won’t get the jokes).
Not only that, but I’ll show you round Mark Page’s Sodley-on-Sea – his imaginary seaside town, which he builds from images nicked off the internet, builds as dioramas, photographs and then destroys.
Anyway, to get you in the mood, you can read what I wrote a few years ago about the Manchester ‘Shopping Riots’ for ‘Now Then Manchester’ magazine…