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DI:Woman without a shadow Exhibition Opening

September 15, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Free
DI Woman Without A Shadow, The Island, Bristol

Twenty years after Lady Di’s funeral her life and death is still being
narrated through the press … and commemorated on crockery.  The royal
family with its archaic traditions and extreme wealth has survived both
the challenge of the damning disclosures by the ‘People’s Princess’ as
well as the turbulence of two major recessions and the Age of Austerity.
Once the most photographed woman in the world, Diana, mother of ‘the
heir and the spare’ was hounded by the world press as her image was
created, celebrated, critiqued and finally destroyed.  This directly
contributed to the passing of Protection from Harrassment (privacy and
anti-stalking) legislation, as the paparazzi continued to pursue her
after the divorce.  However through this popular media platform she
launched the most significant attack on the royal family in living
memory, stating she aimed to ‘do everything possible to make sure
Charles will never become king’ (Diana Tapes).  In the days after her
fatal car crash a palpable sense of public rage against the Queen was
reported for an apparent lack of sorrow or leadership in mourning.
Front pages continue to feature conspiracy theories that Diana had been
‘bumped off’ for her threat to the royal family along with her
relationship (and pregnancy?) with Dodi Al-Fayed, son of a muslim
Egyptian Billionaire.  Most recently a MI5 agent claimed to have been
tasked with her assassination (Daily Star, June 2017).  Her death has
also been pinpointed as heralding the seep of narcissism into UK culture
with displays of public emotion and personal disclosure on TV shows and
particularly social media such as facebook.  Would her funeral on 6th
September 1997 have been such a historic moment if ten million people
hadn’t lined the streets of London – in ‘solidarity’ with a woman none
of them had actually ever met?  Or maybe they just wanted to share the
limelight.

This exhibition presents multi-media artwork generated through research
and collaboration between Bristol based visual artist Jude Hutchen
(www.judehutchen.co.uk) and Wesley Storey, photographer and film maker
from Liverpool (www.wesleystorey.com).

The exhibition opening will be Friday 15th September 6 – 10pm and
available for viewing 12 – 5pm on Saturday 16th (free).  The Gallery
Space, The Island, 1st Floor, Bridewell Street, 1st floor, Bristol, BS1
2LE

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‘Wronged wife, feminist symbol, fashion plate, media manipulator,
ingénue, sexual predator, champion of the oppressed and needy, loose
cannon, charity worker, humanitarian, hysteric, bulimic, iconic Good
Mother, alternative therapy flake, challenger to the establishment'(John
Freedland)

Details

Date:
September 15, 2017
Time:
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost:
Free
Event Category:

Venue

The Gallery Space
Bridewell St
Bristol, BS1 2LE United Kingdom
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