Judith Weik, Coordinator of Art at the Alison Richard Building, speaks to Karen Harvey, Creative Director of Shutter Hub. They collaborated on the Everything I Ever Learnt exhibition, which is located on all four floors of the Alison Richard Building at the University of Cambridge and runs until 3 May 2019.
Image: Mandy Williams, The Skeletal Forest
Q: What is the exhibition about?
Seen through your eyes, I still see it differently. Perhaps I notice something you don’t. That’s part of the beauty of photography, and the importance of sharing.
Everything I Ever Learnt is a collection of 158 photographs, from almost 100 photographers who have been brought together and asked to share the world through their eyes.
Ben Altman, Austria Kovalenko, Sheryl Tait, Marina Antoniou, Heloise Bergman, John Jeffers, Diana Serban, Maria Soroniati, Clare Park, Jasmine De Silva, Sarah-Jane Field, Gavin Smart, Terence Lane, John Rovira, Jayne Lloyd, Ky Lewis, Camila Cavalcante, Coralie Datta, Anita Chandra, Mitchell Moreno, Kathleen Bishop, Martin Kelly, Tess Carpenter, Ioanna Sakellaraki, Ilisa Stack, Ruoxi Liu, Ruth Campbell, Livia Fallarino, Matthew Dever, Lisa Mitchell, Inese Golde, Eliza Bourner, Marisa Vanschuyver, Joséphine Leroux, Angel Gurría-Quintana, Rachael Edgar, Fleur Olby, Nicola Morley, Jo Stapleton, Josie Purcell, Stefan Czemerys, Louise Ward, Susan Bittker, Sue Oakford, Myka Baum, Parvathi Kumar, Jonk, Roger Coulam, Helen Turnbull, Sukhy Hullait, Magda Kuca, Paola Leonardi, Brian Human, Sheila McKinney, Daniel Norwood, Tracey Sharpe, Nicola Jayne Maskrey, Kai Wai Wong, Tiina Burton, Christine Wilkinson, Rachel Wallace, Eileen White, Chris Bird, Sophie Ellen, Elizabeth Gleave, Marcus Bastel, Wendy Aldiss, Jamie Rogers, Claire Maxfield, Marisol Mendez, Mandy Williams, Sarah Brittain Edwards, Nathalie Vigini, Hyonchang Lee, Nikki Goldup, Raph Hurwitz, Bobby Salinas, Dayana Sharon Marconi, Mieke Douglas, Pippa Healy, Gemma Taylor, Tee Chandler, Kit Martin, Marie Smith, Samantha Brown, Grant Simon Rogers, Brittonie Fletcher, Nicola Parry, Paola De Giovanni, Ioana Mainca, Phil Harvey, Chris Byrnes, Janet Lee.
Image: Marie Smith, Blown out like a candle
Q: How did you conceive this exhibition?
Visual communication is (generally) the first form of communication we encounter. Everything I Ever Learnt – everything I have seen, felt, remembered, everything, influences and informs every thought I will ever have.
Q: What can we expect from the exhibition display?
We have found a new way of showing and democratising photography by printing works on tabloid-sized newsprint and attaching the prints in a tight grid directly to the walls using low-cost electrical tape. This is not only a cost-effective way for us to be able to show may photographers’ work, but also a great way for photographers to be able to show their work without having to worry about costs of framing and transport. This display method is visually very effective and allows for creative ways to curate the hanging, finding connections between different photographers’ work, be it thematically, tonally or graphically.
Image: Mitchell Moreno, Untitled, from the series Abide
Q: Is there a book or catalogue to go with the exhibition, and where is it available?
Artists statements are all available in the exhibition catalogue.
Image: Ky Lewis, Physalis