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Post-war trauma explored in fictional journey at the Herbert Gallery

John Carlon 17th Jan, 2020 Updated: 17th Jan, 2020

THE HERBERT Gallery in Coventry will host a poignant exhibition exploring ‘grief, loneliness and the human search for meaning.’

Lottie Davies, a photographer based in Cornwall, is showing ‘Quinn: A Journey’ at the Herbert Art Gallery next month, and follows William Henry Quinn’s fictional journey across post-war Britain.

The exhibition, which will run from Friday, February 14 until Sunday, May 31, reflects the experiences of young men and women post-trauma through the twentieth century. Davies addresses the human search for meaning in a complex and changing 21st century world.

Visitors will see Quinn’s journey through photographs, written narrative, moving image pieces and objects.

Award-winning photographer Lottie Davies has turned to personal histories for the first time.

Her work looks at personal stories and nostalgia, it was described by former National Portrait Gallery Director Sandy Nairne as ‘brilliantly imaginative’.

Davies uses large format photography, with Horseman or Wista 5×4 cameras.

The exhibition has been curated by Dr Rachel Marsden, who previously curated WONDER at the museum during summer 2019, with producers Elizabeth Wewiora and Charlie Booth.

Francis Ranford, Cultural and Creative Director of Culture Coventry said: “For 2020, we wanted to start the year with a powerful story of reflection which audiences can relate to.

“We are sure that Quinn’s odyssey will have a poignant impact on visitors, and we are looking forward to welcoming all ages to experience the fragmented post-war lives of the twentieth century to see how this resonates today.”

Dr Rachel Marsden added: “This work highlights the themes of grief, loss, loneliness and meaning, which we can all relate to on some level, so we hope to see lots of visitors coming to experience Quinn’s journey.”

The exhibition will be complemented with an In Conversation event at Coventry Cathedral, from 2pm on Sunday, May 17.

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