The Post-Industrial North and South
I explore post-industrial Welsh towns and their working-class histories, representing communities that are hidden, fading or on the margins of society. Central to the work is the audience’s physical intervention with the historical and contemporary national socio-political narratives. Focusing on Bleanau Ffestiniog in North Wales and Port Talbot in South Wales, I depict how post-industrial life has damaged both the culture and identity of Wales, but in turn how its people have attempted to overcome this. Wales has a synonymous historical past and present with industry, with certain areas being the largest exporters of steel, iron, slate, copper and coal in Europe in their most prosperous days. What remains is a domineering post-industrial landscape echoing the past.
Deimante Aleks • Myles Morgan Bailey • Lizzie Carrera • Samuel De Saulles • Ffion Denman • Olympia Freiin von Woellwarth-Lauterburg • Agnes Gill • Emily James • Mikaela Kilkenny • Emma Laird • Evie Milsom • Molly Nicholson • Siân Overton • Claudia Penney • Jordan Ridout • Mika Takiyama • Anna Thompson • Lorna Tyrie • Leila Wenban •