On Saturday 11 September from 2–3.30pm, Rachel will lead an informal in-person workshop at the gallery entitled Making the private public where people can discuss questions and challenges around using their own or family pictures as part of creative practice such as art or writing.
As an introduction to the exhibition, there will also be 30-minute guided tours (including free goody bag!) in slots between 4–7pm on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 September.
Speaking about the exhibition, Rachel Maloney said: “Victorian expectations of gender roles are reflected by each album’s content, with women primarily represented in the home and connected to domestic roles. However, some of the scenes created in these albums really surprised me with their creativity and lightheartedness, complicating the stereotype of a formal and oppressive Victorian femininity.
“A new photographic language emerged, one that spoke not only about women, but to women. The representation of women in commercially available publications may have been restricted by social norms of the time, but within personal albums women could create new meanings in their usage of photographic images and mixed media collage.”
Rachel gained an MA in Photography at the University of Brighton in 2015, and combines her work as an artist and researcher with a role as Technical Demonstrator in Photography at the university.
Brighton CCA gallery is part of the University of Brighton, and a centre for contemporary arts that hosts world class exhibitions, projects, commissions and research by international emerging and established artists.