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University to host exhibition celebrating the punk era

28 Mar 2017 4:30PM

A new type of exhibition will be on display in the University of Suffolk’s Waterfront Gallery from next month.

A la recherché du punk perdu: images, memories and the 1970s will feature photographs from Chris Stein and Eddie Duggan as well as items from a collection held by Professor Teal Triggs.

Chris Stein will be familiar to fans of Punk as the founding member of iconic band Blondie. His recent book Negative: Me, Blondie and the Advent of Punk offers an eclectic selection of photographs and characters who populated the art and music scene of the 70’s and 80’s. The collection previously formed part of a major exhibition at London’s Somerset House.

University of Suffolk Senior Lecturer Eddie Duggan has had his photographs of the 1970’s music scene published in the UK press including NME and the New York Times as well as fanzines and various books. Some of his images which will be on display at the University of Suffolk’s Waterfront Gallery will be shown in public for the first time.

Eddie said "I'm pleased to be able to work with my colleagues and students from the University of Suffolk BA (Hons) Photography degree to show some of my old photos in this joint exhibition. I'm grateful to Chris Stein and Teal Triggs for their contributions which have allowed us to create a unique, multi-perspectival view of a moment we can now see as a tectonic cultural shift in music, taste, fashion and popular culture. Chris Stein's images are technically excellent and truly impressive in their own right, not only in terms of content, but also in terms of presentation. Professor Teal Triggs's archive of printed ephemera allows us to show fanzines from the era that now seem to be relics from a different age."

Professor Teal Triggs is Associate Dean of the School of Communication at the Royal College of Art. She is an educator, historian and writer whose research focuses primarily on graphic design history, design research methods, self-publishing and feminism.

Carol Gant, Art Curator at the University of Suffolk, explains the significance of the exhibition “We are very fortunate to have this collection of work, brought together for the first time, here in the county. So often we look to London to put on displays such as this so I hope it will be enjoyed and will be a good excuse to reminisce for many of our visitors and for those younger guests to gain an insight into a fantastically vibrant era that shaped much of the culture we enjoy today.”

The exhibition will be on display from 4 April-15 May, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 10am-3pm. Please note the Gallery will be closed on Maundy Thursday (13 April), Good Friday (14 April) and Easter Monday (17 April).


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