Back to the Village

Fox, Anna (2014) Back to the Village. [Art/Design Item]

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Back to the Village (1999 – 2008) is a new documentary series on the traditional festivals of the rural villages of the county of Hampshire in southern England. In 1999, after living in London, the photographer moved to Selborne, the small village near to where she had grown up. Inspired by Benjamin Stone's photographs depicting customs and festivals across England in the 1900s, Anna Fox made a collection of portraits during events such as Nativity celebrations, Halloween costume parties and Guy Fawkes Night bonfires, as well as local traditions such as the annual pram race. The villagers are in costumes and look directly at the lens, sometimes through their masks. These images « capture » the participants in a resigned, joyless pause, sometimes with embarrassment, betraying the discomfort caused by the eruption of the festive into everyday life, like something subversive.

Item Type: Art/Design Item
Members: University for the Creative Arts
Depositing User: ULCC Admin
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2016 12:56
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2016 12:56

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