You are invited to join us for the launch of John Kippin and Nicola Neate’s publication IN this DAY and AGE. This major publication of photographs, with accompanying texts has been made in the Western Isles whilst John and Nicola have been living in North Uist. This book has been made possible with support from The Arts Council, the Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum + Arts Centre and the Leverhulme Trust. IN this DAY and AGE has been published by Kerber Verlag in Berlin and will be showcased at the Paris Photo Festival this autumn. For the launch at Taigh Chearsabhagh the publication will be available at a special price. It will be an informal event introduced by Director Simon Hart and John and Nicola welcome you all and will be available to sign books and to answer any questions that you may have.
In February 2019 John Kippin and Nicola Neate journeyed to North Uist in the Outer Hebrides, to undertake a Photographic Residency Project, In This Day and Age – relating to People Places and Community.
In This Day and Age is a book project that reflects upon some of the effects and cultural changes that are evolving on Uist due to the movement of people. By exploring the relationships between the people and the landscape, within the context of this place, In This Day and Age exists to encourage a more inclusive understanding of how global change is affecting the bio-diversity and cultural heritage of places such as this.
In considering the connections that new settlers, together with ‘returners’ and visitors, contribute to this island, we want to add to a debate that re-thinks and sometimes challenges the cultural narratives and nostalgic representations frequently associated with remote rural destinations. By working with the community and photographing the landscape and environment, together with making portraits of a number of the new settlers (mostly people who have chosen to live and work in Uist) we hope to explore a number of assumptions around places, the idea of belonging, cultural hegemony and identity.
Over three years after originally travelling to the island, Nicola and John are currently living and working in North Uist.
Image copyright: Kippin & Neate, 2022