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ARE WE THERE YET? EXHIBITION

Programme Gallery

The Pithay, Bristol BS1 2LZ (Tower Lane off St John's Steep)

 

Open 12-7pm Weds - Sat

Friday 18 Nov – Saturday 10 Dec 2016

 

When Banksy’s Dismaland landed on photographer Barry Cawston's doorstep last year, he was utterly transfixed. On the opening night he began to document the spectacle, the art, and people’s reactions to it:

 

“I photographed Dismaland fifteen times. On each occasion, I wandered Weston’s backstreets seeking out images that would play off the art in Banksy’s rundown Bemusement Park – and I knew when these images were shown together, the lines between art and reality would blur.”

 

Cawston began to pair up his pictures from the two locations in a fictitious day to night sequence, and a new photographic story emerged - detailing the many issues and social concerns which were central to Banksy’s Dismaland.

 

With the help of hundreds of international Kickstarter supporters, and collaborators - Dismaland contributor Tristan Manco; Bristol graffiti artist Felix FLX Braun (behind Bristol’s famous Boris/Trump Brexit mural which went viral in June; Dismal Steward Farhath Siddiqui; and Hopper Projects, Cawston’s images have become a successful book and touring exhibition called ‘Are We There Yet?’.  More:

 

ARE WE THERE YET? BOOK

 

We just crowdfunded £15,439 on Kickstarter to self-publish 'Are We There Yet? A Day Trip to Banksy's Dismaland & Other Stories', a new 250pp book by photographer Barry Cawston. 

 

The idea for the project started with hundreds of images which Cawston took of Banksy's Dismaland (2015) and life in downtown Weston Super Mare over several weeks. The project became an obsession for him.

 

The art featured in Dismaland was conceived to challenge some of the biggest issues we face, head on. In the same vein, Cawston's images scream, Where the hell are we going? Are we there yet? Looking through them, the lines between life and art completely disappear and the stories get ever darker. 

 

Hopper Projects managed crowdfunding and publication of the book in association with Barry Cawston and the Drugstore Gallery. 

 

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Our inspiration:

Keith Haring artist/ activist

 

Background image:

Todos Juntos Podemos Parar el Sida 

(Together We Can Stop Aids)

Keith Haring, 1989, Barcelona (34m x 2.35m)

 

Street artist/ activist Keith Haring, who died of AIDS in 1990 continues to be a huge influence on our work. This is a photo of part of a reproduction of Haring's original 1989 vast mural, made in 2014 for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona.

 

 

 

We've worked hard to credit the artist, photographer, and/ or source for each image on this site. If you have an amendment or suggestion, please contact us at hello@hopperprojects.com.

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