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Anya Lewin, Stefan Gec, and Esther Teichmann and Monster Chetwynd at John Hansard Gallery

15th Jan 2019

Three new exhibitions open at the John Hansard Gallery in Southampton on 16 February.

More than stories: A film trilogy is inspired by Anya Lewin’s family photographs along with public archives that interconnect with her own family’s stories. Combining archival research, with fictional recreations, Lewin’s films open up questions about history, narrative and place.

Fez: The Royal Scent (2019) will join With Heartfelt Gratitude for the Painless Treatment (2008) and Chez Paulette on the Sunset Strip (2013) to complete Anya Lewin’s trilogy of moving image installations, shown here together for first time.

The exhibition of Anya Lewin’s work runs until 4 May.

The Shepherd’s Whistle comprises the discovery of several secret maps of strategic cities in the UK, created during the Cold War by Soviet Intelligence. Artist Stefan Gec travelled sections of these routes on a reconditioned M-72 Soviet army motorcycle and sidecar from 1972.

The exhibition includes documentary footage of this journey, and the work calls upon current issues around identity and immigration. The Shepherd’s Whistle runs until 27 April.

Phantasie Fotostudio II is the most recent work made as part of the ongoing collaboration between artists Esther Teichmann and Monster Chetwynd. Since having first met at the Royal College of Art during their MA studies in 2004, the pair have been struck by the parallels in reference materials that their very distinct practices draw upon.

The Phantasie Fotostudio II exhibition runs until 23 May.

Image: Fez: The Royal Scent, Anya Lewin, 2019, courtesy John Hansard Gallery.

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