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PHOTOMONTH IN KRAKOW — 2010 Photomonth_kropki_duze

ANNA FOX Photomonth_kropki_duze

Cockroach Diary and other stories
Curator: Anne McNeill, Great Britain




The Bunkier Sztuki exhibition in the framework of Photomonth in Krakow is the first retrospective presentation of works by Anna Fox, one of Britain’s leading figures from the New Wave of British colour documentary photography of the 1980s.
Anna Fox’s photography documents everyday reality. She is fascinated by rituals that take place both in the shelter of the home and in the towns and countryside of central England. Fox’s photography often has an autobiographical element, giving the viewer a glimpse into her private life, and telling tales of life in the farming South. This combination of personal involvement and social diagnosis makes Fox’s work stand out among that of the other New Wave colourists.
This exhibition will present eight artistic projects from the course of the past 25 years.
The Village installation (1993), a collaborative effort with Val Williams, takes up the subject of daily country life in West Sussex. Inside a specially designed room a series of slides is illuminated, and on its outside walls is a series of black-and-white photographs of gardens, photographed through bars and pickets of fences and barricades – the ideal decor for a countryside ‘drama’.
Country Girls (1996–2001) is a collaboration between the artist and vocalist/composer Alison Goldfrapp. The project is composed of colour photographs and films that tell of personal experiences in the upbringing of a woman in agricultural Southern England. It is also a reinterpretation of the legend of Sweet Fanny Adams, brutally murdered in Alton in the early 20th century.
Pictures of Linda (1983–2008) is a documentation of the artist’s relations with musician Linda Lunas, displayed in the form of portraits taken during a light performance.
The photographs from the Back to the Village series (1999–2008) document the unique English rituals acted out in the charming villages of Hampshire.
The 41 Hewitt Road project (1996–1999), designed by Dean Pavitt of Loop Design studio, is made up of a series of colour photographs and accompanying e-mails, describing the house on Hewitt Road 41 – the London outpost of Fox, her family and friends.
Notes from Home (2000–2003) is a collection of intimate works documenting the lives of Fox and her closest family in their new home outside of London, presented in the form of art books designed by Riikke Kassinen.
The My Mother’s Cupboards and My Father’s Words project (1999), in the form of miniature books, takes up the subject of the artist’s difficult family relationships once again.
The blackly humorous Cockroach Diary (1996-1999) documents the impact of a plague of cockroaches on Fox’s London home (41 Hewitt Road), where she lived with her partner, children and lodgers.

Anna Fox has been taking photographs and making video art for upwards of twenty years. Her work is inspired by the British tradition of documentary photography and the American New Colorists.
Fox achieved fame and recognition with the Work Stations: Office Life in London project (1988), portraying the culture of office life in Thatcher-era Great Britain. Her best known works are Zwarte Piet (1993–1998) – a series of twelve portraits based on the Dutch Christmas tradition, The Village – a multimedia project immortalising women’s life in the countryside, Friendly Fire – documenting paintball games in the style of war reportage, and her autobiographical narratives in the form of mini-publications: Cockroach Diary and My Mothers Cupboards and My Fathers Words.
Anna Fox is a professor of photography at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham/Great Britain. Her works are found in many important collections of contemporary art.





Anna Fox - Cockroach Diary and other stories
Curator: Anne McNeill

Coordinator: Joanna Krawczyk

Grand opening: 07.05.2010, 8:00 p.m.
Gallery of Contemporary Art Bunkier Sztuki, 3a Szczepański square (ground floor)
Exhibition dates: 01–30.05.2010; TUE, WED, FRI-SUN: 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., THU: 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.



Exhibition partner: Impressions Gallery, Bradford, Great Britain



Financial support for the exhibition: Arts Council England