As the first stop on its UK tour, Visible Girls Revisited couldn’t have asked for a warmer welcome!
2017’s City of Culture was delightfully non-conformist, incredibly friendly, utterly engaged and thoroughly excited by the images. The show was brilliantly received by a rich and diverse audience of women and men of all generations. Thank you Hull!
In every host location we take to the streets capturing double portraits of the locals and their thoughts on identity.
Tim and Barry
‘It’s almost impossible to avoid being associated with one group or another. There isn’t even a haircut that won’t be interpreted as meaning something about you. I try my best to look beyond what someone wears or consumes, because it usually leads to limiting judgements.’
Barry, 32, Hull
Wilf and Dan
Nick and James
Frank and Christian
Mika and Nicola
Rebekah and Ola
‘My subculture? Well, I was into jazz and gospel of course…and my hangout was the church!’
Ola, born in Nigeria and moved to Hull
Anna and Emma
Shoaiv Ali and Mqureshi
Kali and Ben
Mervyn and Kristian
With the mod subculture it’s about more that just the music. It’s about your conduct, your carriage. It’s a lifestyle, a discipline. I get up in the morning and I know what to wear because it’s like a uniform. My tie is tied with a full Windsor knot, my handkerchief has three points, my trousers are cropped at a certain height…it all has a lineage – even the sock length!
George and Oscar
WHAT Hull SAID....
“This exhibition was very inspiring to me as a 16 year old girl”
“Really enjoyed this step back in time. I came with my 16 year old daughter”
“A wonderful exhibition…Inspiring and at times moving”
“Brilliant exhibition. Makes me want to find my old photos and meet up with some old, lost friends.”
“This is my second visit because it is so good. It brings tears to my eyes, thinking about myself as a young woman and the subcultures I was part of and the powerful female friendships I had.”
“Worth the journey from Manchester!”
“Loved it! Took me back to my youth”
Hollie and Saffron
‘My friends are the positive self-talk that I can’t give myself!’
Hollie, Hull (left)
‘Your visibility as a woman is based on looks…then your voice. Having a good education defines your voice. I’m a primary school teacher and I want to be visible on the subject of girls’ futures so that women have a 50/50 voice in the world with men.’
Saffron, Hull (right)
Lois and Annie
Betty and Amy
Peter and Kim
“I was part of the ‘nerd’ subculture. Making electronics for discos…and illegal radios!’
Kim, visiting Hull from Berlin (left)
‘I was a hippy. It was all about peace and ending the Vietnam war. Throwing bricks through the American embassy windows in embroidered flares. I went and saw David Bowie at the first ever Glastonbury. He wasn’t famous then of course – but he was late I remember…’
Peter, visiting Hull from London (right)
Alex and Michelle
Daniel and Linda
Betty and Carole
‘Truth makes a friendship strong. Back in the day I was a rock and roller – you couldn’t keep me off the dance-floor!’ We would go out bopping in flared skirts – and when you did a spin, goodness, people could see everything you had!’
Courtney and Courtney
Identity of new Visible Girl discovered in Hull
Her name is Liz Wilson (pictured left) and she was photographed with her friend Jan by Anita at the Blitz Club in 1980. And until now she had been one of the ‘unfound girls’ in the exhibition.
Liz explains the discovery story...
‘My husband Keith was a volunteer for Hull UK City of Culture and went to a volunteers’ party the evening the show opened. Martin Green, (the CEO & Director of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 who had opened the Visible Girls Revisited show) was there talking about it, so Keith came home, we Googled it and he was like – ‘Liz!! It’s’ you!’
Keith was also retiring from his career that day. So the next morning we went along and had a look at the
pictures. It was really bizarre seeing myself up there on the wall!’
Liz then went on to email Anita:
From: Liz Wilson
Date: 6 July 2017 at 23:02:35 BST
Subject: Photo from the Blitz 1980
My husband has just seen a photo of me on Facebook.
I’m Gill’s friend although her name was actually Jan.
I’ve no idea where she is now, we lost touch in the 80s.
The exhibition is on in Artlink at the end of our
street in Hull.
You couldn’t make it up - Keith and Liz happened to live less than 500 yards from Artlink where the exhibition was on!
If you want to see Liz’s ‘Revisited’ photograph, keep
an eye out for when the tour visits a city near you!
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