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Exhibition: Latent: A hidden history.


Exhibition: Latent: A hidden history.


Artist Sam Vale has produced the exhibition Latent: A hidden history to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales.

Latent: A hidden history

Sidney Cooper Gallery
22-23 St Peter’s St, Canterbury, CT1 2BQ
Tuesday 28 February-Saturday 6 May 2017
Tuesdays-Fridays 10.30-17.00
Saturdays 11.30-17.00
(Closed Mondays and Sundays)
Free Entry

Latent: A hidden history has been produced by artist Sam Vale to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act that began the decriminalisation of homosexuality. The project re-purposes pictures from the South East Archive of Seaside Photography taken during the period of time when homosexuality was illegal and reframes them to fabricate forgotten stories. These new images point toward lives that could not lived in the open; stories that can only be imagined, lost to history. Obscured and beyond focus, these re-worked photographs serve as a memorial and tribute to the many lives and loves lived in secret, behind closed doors.

Sam Vale is an academic and internationally exhibited multimedia artist interested in the use of photography as a means to explore different experiences of time and space. Currently Programme Director of the photography course at Canterbury Christ Church University, Vale received a Doctorate in Philosophy from the London College of Communication for his practice-based research
project ‘Collecting Rooms, which examined the private spaces of collectors. His on-going research combines ideas of biography, nostalgia and material culture in order to examine the way that narratives are formed, told and re-presented. In particular he is focused on the nuances that make people individuals, creating artworks that combine narratives gained in relation to objects, memory, experience and longing. These artworks aim to reveal intimate stories that show insights into individual circumstances and personal situations.

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