Youth Rising in the UK 1981-2021
A new exhibition at Amber Film & Photography Collective brings together the work of nine photographers who have documented the young people in the UK over a period of 40 years. Rarely seen works by Chris Killip and Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen are shown alongside recent work by Alys Tomlinson, Maryam Wahid, Sadie Catt, Tom Sussex, Christopher Nunn, Paul Alexander Knox and Vanessa Winship. These photographers tenderly capture the awkward, surprising and passionate period of maturation into adulthood.
The ground floor gallery features works by 43 student photographers from UWE Bristol and Sunderland University made during the Covid-19 pandemic. Many of these photographs show the complexities of the past year as the students utilized the camera as a window to share both their experiences and emotions. Additional potency lies in seeing the recent past through the eyes of those who are still young.
‘In drawing together a spectrum of stories from across the UK this extensive exhibition seeks to question, imagine and value what it means to be a young person today. A generation that must navigate the legacy of the Covid-19 pandemic, global campaigns for racial justice, and unparalleled ability to represent themselves in the online space. They are forging futures and building on the legacy of those who came before them. Photographs are a critical platform to be seen, heard and remembered.’ —Exhibition curator, Liz Hingley