We are interested in writers, image-makers, writers who make images and image-makers who write.
Memoria: Histories, Memories, Representations presents a collection of new work, stimulated by encounters with Armley Mill in Leeds. Once one of the largest wollen mills in the world, it is now the home of Leeds Industrial Museum and as suchis authourisd to ‘reveal the truth of the past’. The book asks whose past is presented? Whose history is given? Whose stories are told? It insists that history is partial and selective. Historical discourses interpret what they purport to reveal, in terms of specific interests in the present, and are always political. The books concern, therefore, is with questions of visibility and invisibility. Who and what is represented and commemorated, and how? Who and what is overlooked, deemed irrelevant, swept away and forgotten, crucially, why? Hence it also investigates that which is concealed and undeclared; hidden agendas and structuring absences, the dynamics of capital and power. Ultimately, the book addresses the politics of representation and examines ways in which the invisible may be critically ‘seen’ and articulated.
Powerhouse Liberation Movement is the catalogue for the Manchester Left Writers Castlefield Gallery Launch Pad exhibition ‘Powerhouse Liberation Movement’, which opened in May 2016. Rather than produce the usual catalogue with stills and descriptive writing of the show, the group have commissioned a new essay by Dr Gavin MacDonald and generated a series of ‘provocations’. They have also included the final, conclusive essay in their controversial Open Democracy Northern Powerhouse series.