Presented by Ffotogallery, Diffusion 2017 looks at REVOLUTION in its widest context, investigating social change, freedom of expression, popular protest, human rights and the pursuit of utopias through the prism of photography and lens-based media.
Featuring more than 60 artists and photographers, the Cardiff International Festival of Photography 2017 promises to be a showcase for an exploration of social engagement through representation and how that can be used to question societal structures. Street Level Photoworks and the Hoppy Estate are proud to present many previously unseen images from the extensive political and activist archive of John ‘Hoppy’ Hopkins, covering the years 1959 to 1966 – a momentous time of change in the social and political landscape of the country.
‘The exhibition at Diffusion is newly curated and includes a great many works which have not been seen before in a public setting, all printed from new scans from Hoppy’s original negatives. This is part of a journey which will ensure that this period of time is chronicled to a greater degree than had been previously and that opportunities for Hoppy’s work to function as an active resource ‘in perpetuity’ is amplified’.
- Malcolm Dixon
Read the exhibition catalogue article here.
Exhibition image © Matt Colquhoun for Street Level Photoworks.
Catalogue/graphics reproduced with kind permission of Malcom Dickson at Street Level Photoworks.