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Mark Power, Paul Lowe, Dana Kyndrová, Jindřich Štreit
11 | 01 | 14 – 15 | 03 | 14
This is the first of three Eurovisions exhibitions at Side Gallery, marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. It draws on bodies of work held in the AmberSide Collection.
Solidarity, the broad anti-Soviet movement in Poland, emerged in the shipyards of Gdansk in 1980. It was repressed, but from 1985, in the Soviet Union itself, Mikhail Gorbachev began introducing the policies of glasnost (openness) and perestroika (restructuring). Throughout the Eastern Bloc, change became inevitable. Reflecting that early, tentative openness, in 1987 there was an exchange project company to have documented life in East Germany, Amber made From Marks & Spencer to Marx and Engels, looking at the shipbuilding and fishing town of Rostock. In the aftermath of the Black Monday stock market collapse, DEFA documented the imminent collapse of Western capitalism in Newcastle and North Tyneside. between Amber Films and the East German film company DEFA. The first independent western film
In 1988 Amber photographer Richard Grassick began identifying East and West European
photography galleries that might share Side’s sensibilities. Gallery 4 in Cheb, Czechoslovakia invited him to one of a series of workshops the gallery was organising. He met Dana Kyndrova and saw photographer in his home village of Sovinec in South East Moravia to discuss a potential exhibition. exhibition, Sovinec, came to the gallery in 1990. her work, The Russians. He saw some of Jindrich Streit’s work at Gallery 4 and decided to visit the Side was making arrangements for this when the Berlin Wall came down in November 1989. The
Mark Power’s work on the Berlin Wall and on Poland, together with Paul Lowe’s documentation of
the Romanian Revolution were shown in 1990 as part of a Side Gallery NOW! exhibition, Glimpses of Change in the East. In the new, unfolding possibilities, Side and Gallery 4 decided to try a series of international photographic workshops/residencies. There was a trial run in Crook, County Durham (1994), in Cheb (1995) and Essen (1996).
in 1992, followed by a full workshop there the following year. There were workshops in Amiens
Dana Kyndrova’s The Russians was shown at Side Gallery, coinciding with her participation in the Crook workshop of 1993. Jindrich Streit, who was also part of the Crook workshop, stayed for a longer residency in Rookhope, developing the exhibition project, Village is a Global World.
GLIMPSES OF CHANGE IN THE EAST, 1989
BERLIN WALL and POLAND, Mark Power + ROMANIAN REVOLUTION, Paul Lowe The Solidarity movement, launched in Poland’s Gdansk shipyards in 1980, can be seen as heralding the changes that came in 1989. Mark Power moved from documenting the coming down of the Berlin of Solidarity the previous year. Wall in early November to events in Poland, where a wave of strikes had led to a de facto recognition
Paul Lowe documented the bloodiest of the Eastern Bloc revolutions, in Romania, where the regime
collapsed following attempts at repressing anti-government demonstrations in Timișoara on 17th December 1989. The dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu and his wife were tried and executed by firing squad on Christmas Day.
THE RUSSIANS, Dana Kyndrová Having studied Russian history at university, the Czech photographer began her long term continued it through to the early 1990s, capturing the departing Russian soldiers. SOVINEC, Jindřich Štreit The focus of the work is a very small group of villages in South East Moravia, Czechoslovakia – Štreit’s own community. He began to photograph it in 1972. In 1982, for photographing a local to prison and lost his job as a teacher. After his release, he began to work at the local State Farm. His photography continued. Communist Party meeting where people were asleep – and for other ‘criminal images’ he was sent
documentary project in the 1970s, pursuing it both in the Soviet Union and in Czechoslovakia. She
UNCLEAR FAMILY, Dana Kyndrová
Crook, County Durham + Luby, Cheb County In the Czechoslovak county of Cheb, in the late 1980s, Gallery 4 had begun invited a range of Workshop it then developed with Side Gallery was in Crook in 1993. The workshop was in Luby in 1995.
photographers to document, in turn, the five districts of the county. The first International Photography
‘Unclear Family’ emerged as the theme for the workshops, which also took place in Amiens, communities. Other photographers involved included Peter Bialobrzeski, Stefan Dolfen, Miriam Reik, Steve Conlan, Mik Critchlow, Richard Grassick, Véronique Lesperat-Hequet, Dayanita Singh and Jindrich Streit.
France and Essen, Germany – exploring the changing contexts of family life across the different
VILLAGE IS A GLOBAL WORLD, Jindřich Štreit Growing out of the Crook International Workshop, Štreit developed a residency in the Weardale term project, continuing what he had started in his home village of Sovinec, capturing lives in small communities across the world.
village of Rookhope. The work was shown at Side Gallery in 1995 and became part of his long
COWGATE, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, 1930s Fred Mawson of Cowgate was a member of the National Clarion Cycling Club, an internationalist and an Esperanto speaker. In the 1930s he corresponded with fellow Esperanto speakers in the in the AmberSide Collection by his daughter. Soviet Union, Bulgaria and Germany. The photographs and postcards he was sent were deposited
Sat 18 Jan Sat 8 Mar Exhibition Opening Come and help us celebrate the opening of Side’s 1st exhibition complimentarysnacks and drinks. Unclear Family of 2014. There will be an introduction to the work followed by
Led by organising photographer Richard Grassick, a presentation &
discussion of the international photography workshops between 1992 Czech Republic and Essen in Germany.
and 1995 in Crook, Co Durham, Amiens in France, Cheb County in the
Events at 2pm, Free of charge, booking not necessary
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Thu 6 Feb Thu 13 Feb Thu 20 Feb Thu 27 Feb Four all-time greats from the 1960s flowering of Czechoslovak filmmaking that came to an end when the Soviet Union sent in the tanks. Blonde in Love (Milos Forman, 1965, 82 mins) ‘You look like a guitar... but one painted by Picasso.’ A working class girl in a factory town falls for the piano player in a visiting band from the big city. Closely Observed Trains (Jiri Menzel, 1966, 93 mins) Rubber stamps were never the same again... A dispatcher’s apprentice at a sleepy railway station dreams of losing his virginity, oblivious to the Nazi occupation. Firemen’s Ball (Milos Forman, 1967, 73 mins) From beauty pageant to raffle, everything that can go wrong does in this richly comic satire of the Communist Party. His film ‘banned for ever’ following the Russian invasion, Forman left for the USA. Larks on a String (Jiri Menzel, 1968, 91 mins) A wryly comic hymn to love and non-conformity set in a junkyard labour camp, the film was made in 1969, but immediately banned. It was eventually released in 1990.
MARX & MARKS: Two films made in 1987 and a work-in-progress reconnection...
Thu 6 Mar From Marx and Engels to Marks & Spencer (Barbara & Winfried Jungr, DEFA, 1988, 57 mins) + From Marks & Spencer to Marx and Engels (Amber Films, 1988, 57 mins) Double bill screening of the films that came out of Amber’s exchange with East German film company DEFA in 1987. Amber’s documentary looks at life in the shipbuilding and fishing town of Rostock, DEFA’s at the imminent collapse of western capitalism in Newcastle and North Tyneside. Sun 9 Mar Unredacted (FREE, 2pm), presentation and discussion of work-in-progress on Amber’s new film, 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and German re-unification, reconnecting with the people in Rostock, whose lives it documented in 1987.
Except where indicated, screenings at 7.30pm, tickets £5 (£4 concs), available from Side Gallery or http://shop.amber-online.com/collections/cinema-reservations
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