Lost Generation II
Lost Generation | Arthouse Derby*
04.10.17 – 02.12.17**
Exhibition Opening: 3 November at 6pmrd
Lost Generation explores British youth culture and alternative lifestyles as an attempt to escape both the mundanity of the working week and the political animosity experienced by a large percentage of millennials.
The exhibition displays the work of twenty independent photographers, who document contemporary British youth culture through their own experiences and within their own environments and communities. The imagery displayed within the exhibition allows the viewer an insight into a largely misunderstood generation that use alternative lifestyles, friendships and community in order to distract oneself from wider society.
Using traditional analogue photographic practices and disseminating their work through zines, these artists use the DIY ethic throughout their individual practises. Taking inspiration from Seth Seiglaub’s January Show, the exhibition includes an incorporation of ‘exhibitions-as-books’ through displaying zines of some of the exhibiting artists. The artists own publications highlight the importance of zine culture within contemporary arts, whilst celebrating the experimental rawness of the self-published photo book.
Lost Generation was realised through the creative connections made through social media platform Instagram. Instagram continues to provide an important platform for artists to engage with creative online communities, whilst innovating connections, exchanges and collaborations within contemporary arts. Instagram continues to provide a platform for such opportunities and outputs as this exhibition.
This exhibition has been organised with the University of Derby as part of their work with alumni students in which Lost Generation curator Bethany Kane is part of.