LEEDS: FAMILY with Thomas Duffield & Simon Weldon, 25th Feb ’20

This February we have Thomas Duffield welcomed back to tell us about his new body of work. Alongside him Simon Weldon will showing us his work exploring his relationship with his father. Both photographers work with representations of their own family and touch upon the dynamic between photographic work and family relationships.

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Tuesday 25th February, 2020. Doors at 6pm, kicks off at 7pm 

The Brunswick, Leeds

Free Entry

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Simon Weldon

To you all from us is an in progress, collaboration between father and son, which references, and responds to my father’s personal collection of photographic material, in a pursuit for resolution following his passing.
Finding solace in revisiting the myriad of self-printed photographs, negatives and colour slides left, what became obvious was that these fragments displayed more than the characteristic, ritual documentation of a family. Entwined between the photographs of new-borns, family Christmases and weddings is a remarkable portrait of his everyday life throughout leeds during the 1970’s not intended for the family album. His absorbing photographs are a quiet documentation revealing a faded history of children playing in pub beer gardens, workers drinking tea at work, teddy boys, slum clearances and enigmatically, a clear obsession with expressing himself playfully through photography. The emotional weight of this inherited archive provided irresistible potential in which to uncloak and connect past experiences with the present, and readdress often painful memories of him and the alcoholism which took his life.
Embracing him through the archive, what became frustratingly apparent was that despite beholding this enormous, chaotic archive; the photographs ultimately proved inadequate in understanding his path. Missing index or order for the means to resurrect and foster a biographical, historical narrative the archive resisted the means to find relief from our emotionally exhausting experience that we faced together as a family. Ultimately his archive exhibited the fundamental paradox present in photographs; that although extraordinary powerful in their suggestion of authentic historical reality, they remain inadequate, subjective suggestions.
This photographic collaboration weaves archive material with new photographs and letters responding to these experiences. the photographs document images close to home and the people left behind, whilst undertaking a challenging physical and mental pilgrimage that traces the archive and the meandering route of his final resting place of the River Aire. the work is a celebration of the traces one man has left behind, yet it is also a pursuit for peace from a painful family legacy, the transient nature of life, and a final goodbye to the man I loved despite his flaws.
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Thomas Duffield 

Thomas Duffield is a photographer and researcher working mostly in the North of England & London. Thomas’s practice is concerned with the themes of family & home. Specifically, the ways in which more reflexive photographic strategies can share insight into the complex and dynamic nature of family life. 

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Tuesday 25th February, 2020. Doors at 6pm, kicks off at 7pm 

The Brunswick, Leeds

Free Entry

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