The social eye of Janet Mendelsohn

The REP Theatre
Alumni, Arts and Law, Exhibitions, Lectures Talks and Workshops, Research
Saturday 30th January 2016 (09:45-18:00)
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This symposium addresses a number of issues raised by Janet Mendelsohn’s documentary photography of sex workers and communities in late 1960s Balsall Heath, coinciding with the first major exhibition of this work at Ikon Gallery (‘Varna Road’, 27 January — 3 April 2016).

Join a panel of leading artists, academics and professionals to explore the value of art that works with communities to tell real stories; as well as issues around gender, representation and social/political narratives in art.

The event will include a free screening of Prostitute (1980), filmed in Balsall Heath, with an introduction by director Tony Garnett, and a private view of Varna Road.

Speakers include

Susan Meiselas – Magnum photographer
Mishka Henner – Artist
Catherine Hall –  Professor of History at University College London
Pete James – Curator and photographic historian

This is event is free but booking is essential.

To reserve a place please email Chloe Lund on 

In partnership with Ikon Gallery, The REP, Library of Birmingham, Flatpack Film Festival and Queen’s University Belfast
With support from Arts and Humanities Research Council and The Photography Show