One Year On
Celebrating the work and achievements of Birmingham City University’s 2016 cohort.
15 January - 24 February 2018
As a dedicated idealist, Timm Sonnenschein produces photographic work informed by a search for social and political justice. Sonnenschein seeks to empathise with those he photographs while simultaneously exposing and opposing the forces he sees as undermining an open and engaged contemporary society.
He has been using photography as a tool to create insightful and critical observations of social awareness and change. The work displayed in this exhibition looks at class discrepancies, social injustice, workers’ rights, political struggles and racial tensions. It attempts to open a dialogue, which encourages empathetic insights that work toward strengthening dignity and respect within a too often divided society.
Sonnenschein is a German born documentary photographer who has lived and worked in Birmingham for over 17 years. He is a lecturer in photography at Birmingham City University and is a member of the National Union of Journalists. Since his ordination in 2004 he has been a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order.
As a researcher Sonnenschein is exploring what position and shape empathy takes and how it is experienced within social and political documentary photography.
All images displayed in the exhibition are held in the archive of the independent picture library Report Digital. The exhibition consists of six sections, each supported by essays written by Dr. Kieran Connell, Andrew Faux, Dr. Felix Heiduk, Alan Weaver and Timm Sonnenschein himself.
Curator Faisal Hussain charts the history of British South Asian youth culture. Photographs, audio clips and objects from history will tell a story of politics, arts and literature in this vibrant youth culture.
Curated in collaboration with Flatpack Film Festival and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Flatpack Film Festival: Art Lab explores film and graphic design in Birmingham in the 1970s.