Remember that thing people used to call ‘going out’? Where you’d go (out) to an actual bar or club with music and dance? Open Eye Gallery’s new exhibition and online programme, The Time We Call Our Own, takes this strange human behaviour and explores the collective sense of ungoverned time, place, identity and group euphoria it commonly gives rise to.
The show was due to open back in April but has been postponed because of COVID-19. As soon as it is safe to do so, visitors will be welcomed back to the gallery where they’ll encounter scenes from dancefloors, nightclubs and underground spaces in cities around the world, as captured on camera or in photographic projects by artists including Amelia Lonsdale, Andrew Miksys, Oliver Sieber, Dustin Thierry, Mirjam Wirz, and Tobias Zielony.
Ranging from Kiev’s underground queer and techno scene, to the parties held among the ruins of abandoned Soviet offices, prisons and municipal facilities in Lithuania, to the legendary Northern Soul nights that took place across the north of England in the mid-1960s; The Time We Call Our Own foregrounds nightlife and the visual culture surrounding as a rich site for exploration.
We’re looking forward to what should be a lively return to Open Eye’s physical galleries. In the meantime, check out the programme of associated talks and events happening online.