"There is a thirst for something new, something authentic" — North: Identity, Photography, Fashion

for The Double Negative
Alice Hawkins, The Liver Birds, 2015.

Liverpool’s Open Eye Gallery is starting 2017 with North: Identity, Photography, Fashion, a huge show comprising video, photo, and magazine archive material that showcases the style and attitude of northerness. I had the chance to interview the curators of the exhibition, Lou Stoppard, editor of SHOWstudio.co.uk, and Adam Murray, co-founder of Preston Is My Paris, speaking to them on what it means to be putting on such a show outside of London, and how this could change perceptions of the North.

we’re not trying dictate what the North is, more survey how it’s been represented. We are very interested in myths, tropes and recurring themes and clichés. From the start, we both thought a lot about how the North of England is a bit like Paris or Rio: even if you haven’t been there, you have an idea of what it is like

The article, "There is a thirst for something new, something authentic" — North: Identity, Photography, Fashion, is now up on The Double Negative.