New Exhibition Highlights How Trauma Haunts Modern Landscapes

A new exhibition at Graves Gallery will explore the ways in which trauma and human conflict haunt the landscapes in which they took place. The exhibition will spotlight 45 photographs of sites which bear little trace of their traumatic history, but where those events remain scarred in individual or collective memory, from the battlefields of the First World War to the Calais jungle.

It is curated by Dr Amanda Crawley Jackson from the University of Sheffield’s School of Languages and Cultures, who said of the exhibition: “When traumatic events like conflict or destruction occur, the memories of them can remain long after the visible traces of the events have gone. These memories have a lasting impact on how a place develops and can influence the way people see places for many years to come.”

The exhibition will feature work by internationally renowned Denis Darzacq, Chloe Dewe Mathews, David Farrell, Roberto Frankenberg, Elisa Larvego, James Morris, Simon Norfolk and Zineb Sedira.

Louisa Briggs, Exhibitions & Display Curator at Museums Sheffield, added the following: “Sometimes it’s easy to overlook the history that’s woven into the fabric of the streets that we walk down and the environments we experience. In places where traumatic events have taken place the signs of that trauma fade with time, but still remain in our collective memories. The artists featured in in this exhibition each evoke those memories in powerful and tangible ways.”

Invisible Wounds: Landscape in Memory and Photography runs from Thursday 5 March – Saturday 20 June 2020 at the Graves Gallery, Sheffield. Entry to the exhibition is free

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