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May 1, 2019

Black Country Living: A New Cultural Destination?
Janine Wiedel spent two years photographing industry in the West Midlands. Beginning in Birmingham in 1978, her Vulcan’s Forge project moved on through the Black Country before heading north to The Potteries in Stoke on Trent. The resulting document is an extraordinary portrait of a region shaped by industry and labour. Following the decline of manufacturing, what is the direction of travel for the Black Country today? Could the Black Country be transformed into an attractive cultural destination, as some suggest – a heartland known for green industries, creative hubs and leisure? And can it gain further recognition as a site of geological and industrial significance?
You can now book your ticket to a screening of ‘Camera in the Streets’, a documentary about Janine Wiedel’s work documenting West Midlands industry, followed by an in conversation between Janine and curator Craig Ashley. 1PM Friday 21 June, ticket links on the Blast! website event section.

Image: Janine Wiedel, Chainmaking at Griffin Woodhouse Chain Makers in the Black Country, 1978
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