The word “history” has different connotations for different people…some may see the word and instantly think about the ‘boring’ subject that we had to take at school, remembering the days where instead of doing something ‘useful’ they had to sit and memorise how many wives Henry the eighth decapitated. But there are those, like myself, who appreciate history as a rich and meaningful study of past events. The significance of which is paramount to the development of our society as a whole. We see it as a vital part of the fabric of modern society.
A group of local and not so local artists are taking this principle and creating a new exhibition that is taking place at MIMA in Middlesbrough and running into the start of this month (Sunday 3rd June to be precise).
“The subjects in the show will range from racism, colonialism, exile and identity to inequality”
The exhibition is inspired by the cyclical principle outlined by Philosopher, Karl Marx. Marx is known to have said that: “History repeats itself” and this idea has inspired the artists in their work – and the theme will no doubt feature heavily in the artwork. Playing with the idea of history will also provide the viewer with a sense of introspection that may have you leaving with a few ideas of your own.
The subjects in the show will range from racism, colonialism, exile and identity to inequality, each taking up a different medium that will make for a varied exhibition.
‘History Repeats Itself’ is on display now and will run until Sunday 3rd June at MIMA in Middlesbrough. To find out more about the exhibition, or if you want to see what else is on at the gallery, head to visitmima.com.