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Viewing restricted: [Re]presenting poverty

27 April -14 June 2009

Atrium gallery, old building
Monday - Friday

Kingsland estate, Hackney, 2008, Mishka Henner

(kingsland estate, Hackney, 2008, Mishka Henner)

Viewing Restricted: [Re]presenting Poverty is a major new exhibition which sets out to explore different notions, representations and manifestations of 'poverty' within a global context.  The exhibition features newly commissioned work in film and photography by five artists who examine poverty in its many guises. 

The participating artists are: Jessica Dimmock (New York), Mishka Henner (London), Sharron Lovell (Shanghai), Subhash Sharma (Mumbai) and Ali Taptik (Istanbul). 

Children colouring in street, Zeyrek, 2009, Ali Taptik

(Children colouring in street, Zeyrek, 2009, Ali Taptik)

Presenting contrasting styles and approaches to their 'subject', the artists reveal hidden and untold stories of communities and individuals in contrasting geographical, social and cultural contexts, where the issue of poverty is often underwritten by politics of class, race and migration. 

Mindful of issues of voyeurism, objectification and condescension, the exhibition and related events series aim to challenge thinking and encourage debate about the conventional modes and mechanisms through which poverty is often represented and understood.

Participating artists:

  • Jessica Dimmock captures the lives of patients, many paralysed 'veterans of the US drug war', others simply homeless, and all trapped in a public hospital hidden in the heart of New York and cheek-by-jowl with Manhattan's middle classes.
  • Mishka Henner exposes the hidden mechanisms keeping rich and poor divided in his journey through the public and private spaces of an inner London borough.
  • Sharron Lovell charts the experiences of migrant families to Shanghai in a powerful multimedia presentation they helped to edit.
  • Subhash Sharma joins Mumbaikers on their day off, revealing the varied pleasures of leisure in the churning megapolis that is Mumbai.
  • Ali Taptik traces contentious redevelopment projects in historic districts of Istanbul such as Sulukule, staying on the border between public and private.

Viewing Restricted is organised by LSE's Centre for the Study of Global Governance (CSGG) in collaboration with LSE Arts.

Viewing Restricted is part of the LSE's Global Civil Society programme.  The eighth edition of the Yearbook, Global Civil Society 2009, focuses on poverty and activism.  It is a collaboration between LSE's CSGG and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.


Images from viewing restricted: [Re]presenting Poverty

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Mishka Henner, London|            Images from the LSE archives|

  Mishka Henner, London                         Images from the LSE archives

Artrium gallery exhibition|Images from the LSE archives|

 Artrium gallery exhibition                          Images from the LSE archives

Jessica Dimmock, New York|  Ali Taptik, Istanbul|

  Jessica Dimmock, New York                  Ali Taptik, Istanbul

Sharron Lovell, Shanghai|Subhash Sharma, Mumbai|

   Sharron Lovell, Shanghai                       Subhash Sharma, Mumbai