John Kippin: Based on a True Story - Works 1984-2018

John Kippin: Based on a True Story

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (National Glass Centre)

John Kippin’s work is already housed in the Victoria and Albert Museum and British Council Collection.

Today he is Emeritus Professor in Photography at the University and chair of the visual arts organisation Locus.

Based on a True Story examines 40 years of making art by John Kippin.

Kippin has been a central figure in the emergence of photography as an independent art form in the UK from the 1970s and 80s through to present day.

Nine contributors select work from Kippin’s 40-year archive to provide new insights into the way he sees the world through a lens.

Kippin’s work has contributed to debates about the nature of post-industrial landscapes, national and regional identity and the power of the state to reshape the world.

The exhibition includes 33 new monumental prints of work made across four decades, that collectively reveal the state of the nation over the artist’s lifetime. Across the panoramic range of subjects from tourism to cold war militarism, Kippin has consistently asked: what we have become? What of ourselves is visible to the naked eye?

The new Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art reopened in March 2018 at the National Glass Centre, part of the University of Sunderland.