From 31st October to 25th November we are exhibiting photographs from two of our punk archives in the MetQuarter shopping centre as part of the 10th anniversary Homotopia festival. Luca Bartozzi, who studied at the Liverpool School of Art at LJMU, has recreated and extended his degree show for this two-part exhibition: England’s Erotic Dream and Germ-Free Adolescents. The images have been selected from the very popular England’s Dreaming: Jon Savage Archive and Adventures in Wonderland: the Falcon Stuart and X-Ray Spex Archive, which has not been seen in public before now. Students from the Art School have worked with Luca and project manager Emma Ashman to create the design for the exhibition in a pop-up gallery space on the first floor of the MetQuarter Tuesdays – Saturdays, 11am – 5pm.
LJMU is the main sponsor of the Homotopia Festival this year and we have enjoyed working in partnership to enable us to show some of our unique archive materials to a wider audience. The two exhibitions explore themes of identity, gender and sexuality, bringing a fresh perspective to some very familiar images of punk icons such as Poly Styrene, the Sex Pistols and Billy Idol. A video interview, which is available on the Homotopia video archive, explains the background to the exhibition and describes how Luca selected the images for this show.