Looking for ‘More in Common’
More in Common is a personal journey. A connection with yourself and those around you.
It is to strip away fear, think without restriction and create without regulation.
We spoke and discussed.
2020 had just happened and we still were/are in the aftermath of it.
There is an air of urgency and a raw flame that has burnt everyone.
In sessions we visited places further out than we would normally venture, critically analysing why we see things the way we do. Why they are presented to us in the way they are and what we can do with them.
More in Common is a personal journey and to even start looking for ‘More in Common’ is a personal act of revolution.
More in Common continues to be a work in progress as does every artist involved in the process.
This display (pictured below) was created by a group of five women with the support of artist Shaheda Choudhury.
Eastern Europeans, by aleKSandra, 2021
British media representation of Eastern Europeans is rarely positive. The first image is a comment on harmful and classist stereotypes depicting a very large and diverse group of people as drunk, backward and servile.
The second image aims to capture the complexity of Eastern Europe’s relationship with Britain and includes the artist’s own family’s migration stories. People are more than the stereotypes enforced by the media and each of us has a very personal link with the place they migrated to.
Covid Time, by Julie Clare, 2021
We all experience time in the same way. A minute is 60 seconds no matter who or where you are. But Covid-19 has changed our perceptions of time and how we’ve all experienced time in the last year. For some, time has flown by, for others it has slowed down. For many it has become precious. This is a reflection on my Covid year.
The Flower, by Julie Clare, 2021
As our lockdown world became smaller, nature was an escape. Freedom. The house was filled with flowers and plants. Chorlton Ees, Sale Water Park and the River Mersey are on my doorstep but previously unexplored. Day after day for a year but it never looked the same. Seasons. Wildlife. Nature. Fusion.
From Poor to Posh!, by Sue Richardson, 2021
This collage shows the progress of a family over the years and highlights some strong women, especially my grandma:
My grandma’s family in the 19th century (top left); Grandad (top row, centre image) died of tetanus from a mining accident aged 39, she brought up six children, two became nurses; my mother married a middle class man from Bath (bottom right, first photograph) and their son was a director of British Aerospace.
Once I heard my grandma say to my steel-worker uncles when they were in their 50s, ‘If you’re as tall as a house, you won’t rule me’. Who said women’s liberation was a modern thing?
More Sky, by Tandrima, 2021
Sanam Collage, by Sanam, 2021