Dr Kieran Connell, Queen’s University Belfast, provides the historical context for an exhibition of photographs by American academic and documentary filmmaker Janet Mendelsohn, currently on display at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham.
The talk gives an insight into a unique archival discovery of 100 prints, 3,000 negatives and interviews now housed at the University of Birmingham’s Cadbury Research Library. Most of Mendelsohn’s photographs were taken in Balsall Heath, an area of Birmingham once infamous as one of the country’s largest ‘red light’ districts as well as the home to increasing numbers of immigrants from the Caribbean and South-Asia. The talk explores what Mendelsohn’s archive tells us both about the innovative nature of cultural studies in this period and the everyday experiences of those who lived in of inner-city areas like Balsall Heath in the late-1960s.
For more information about Ikon’s exhibition by Janet Mendelsohn Varna Road (27 January — 3 April 2016) visit ikon-gallery.org
Presented by Special Collections: Cadbury Research Library in partnership with Ikon