Social Documents / Focus Space Richard Williams: United States

12 Nov 2011 - 18 Mar 2012
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 September 1967  Richard Williams 2011
 September 1967  Richard Williams 2011
 September 1967  Richard Williams 2011
 September 1967  Richard Williams 2011
 September 1967  Richard Williams 2011
Richard Williams United States,  Stills' Focus Space 2011-2012
Richard Williams United States,  Stills' Focus Space 2011-2012
Richard Williams United States,  Stills' Focus Space 2011-2012
Richard Williams United States,  Stills' Focus Space 2011-2012

 

 

 

For Stills’ Focus Space Richard Williams exhibits a series of photographs and artefacts that examine the past, present and future of the once glamorous ship, the SS United States. The last, and fastest, ocean liner built by the US, its decaying 990-foot structure is now moored opposite an IKEA store at Pier 82 in the great port of Philadelphia, a place full of ruins of the industrial age. Now peculiar tourist attraction Williams presents the vessel as one of globalisation’s spectacular ruins. To download full exhibition details please click here.

Richard Williams is Professor of Contemporary Visual Cultures at The University of Edinburgh. His books include The Anxious City (2004) and Brazil: Modern Architectures in History (2009). Though his published work invariably features his own photographs this is his first public exhibition.

Events

Friday 25 November 2011  Launch, 6.30pm
Friday 3 February 2012      Lecture, ‘A modern ruin - the United States in Philadelphia’, 6.00pm

 

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This programme is presented with generous support from The University of Edinburgh’s History of Art department and The Roberts Fund.