Health, we take it for granted but, as soon as we are ill, we ask questions. How can we get better? Who is to blame? Could we have avoided it? – Corinne Noordenbos, 2017
Multistory is proud to present Black Country Lungs, an outdoor exhibition of photographs and moving images by Dutch photographer Corinne Noordenbos located in the wonderful surroundings of The Shakespeare Garden (adjacent to Lightwoods House) in Smethwick. You can see the exhibition daily between 10 and 4pm.
Black Country Lungs tells the stories of people living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in the Black Country through photographs and first hand testimonies. For her first ever UK commission, Corinne worked with Multistory between June 2015 and May 2017 to research, meet, observe, record and photograph people in hospital and in their homes.
The project culminates in an exhibition and book.
Corinne Noordenbos is a photographer and educator. She was born in Amsterdam where she still lives and works. She has a long career as a portrait and documentary photographer working for a variety of editorials. Her contribution to education in The Netherlands has impacted on the development of photography internationally. Corinne was Head of Photography at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague until April, 2015. Corinne has a long-standing interest in exploring the human condition by photographing health issues so, when statistics showed that Sandwell and the Black Country had more health-related problems than other areas of the UK, she used this as a starting point. She says: “I decided to focus on COPD and lung problems. I was curious about the connection between the Black Country and ‘black lungs’”.
Join photographer Corinne Noordenbos and a Black Country Lungs project participant for a guided walking tour and introduction to the exhibition on Saturday 19 May 2018 (11am – 12midday).
For more info on the project see Black Country Lungs.