Image: Simon Roberts
External Exhibition

Simon Roberts How did we get here? / Where do we go now?

Grosvenor Shopping Centre, Cheshire
20 May - 30 June 2023
Composed of two parts; How did we get here? showcases various photographic and video works spanning the past 15 years of Roberts career; exploring identity, belonging and the complex relationship between history, place, and culture. The second part, Where do we go now? allows visitors to participate in a series of workshops and open sessions where they are given a unique opportunity to respond creatively to the current social climate, culminating in a new artwork piece (The Public Gallery), that will develop over the course of the exhibition.

Roberts' works, which will be displayed over both floors of the former H&M store, offer a commentary on the social and political issues that we face in our daily lives, questioning the choices that have led us to where we are today. Together, the two elements of the exhibition will act as a catalyst for open discussion about the function of the British High Street as the future use of urban spaces are increasingly debated. The work touches on prevalent and contentious issues, from exposing our post-imperial predicament, the complications of New Commonwealth immigration, the Brexit schism, to the possibilities of UK devolution and the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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