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Imagining Deprivation

A joint seminar co-hosted by the Department of Media and Communications and Department of Sociology

Date: Tuesday 8 December 2015
Time: 12.30-2.00pm 
Venue: 32L.G.03, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, LSE
Speaker: Liz Hingley
Respondents: Dr Lisa McKenzie (Sociology); Dr Shani Orgad (Media and Communications); Professor Mike Savage (Sociology)

Liz Hingley will present her project The Jones Family (funded by Getty Editorial Grant), which intimately explores the intergenerational cycle of deprivation within the context of a wealthy country, by focusing on the significance of one particular item of material culture—the bed—in the everyday life of this low-income British family. Photographs are taken as points of departure to demonstrate how a close examination of the bed can reveal the patterns of a household’s past, present and future lives, economic situation, desires, and ideals. The bed is discussed in relation to socioeconomic status, home arrangement, taste and consumption, family relations, and identity.

Liz Hingley is a British photographer and anthropologist. Her work has received numerous awards including the 2013 Photophilanthropy award, 2012 Prix Virginia and 2011 Getty Editorial Grant. During a two-year scholarship with FABRICA, a research and communications organization in Italy, she made the work ‘Under Gods, stories from Soho Road’, which was published by Dewi Lewis in 2011 and became an internationally touring solo exhibition. She joined Agence VU the following year. In 2013 her work ‘End Of Lines’ was published as the book ‘Shanghai’, for the Portraits De Villes series designed by Be-Poles. Liz’s work is regularly exhibited and published internationally in magazines and academic journals. 

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'Unmade Beds' - Liz Hingley