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Open Eye Gallery show celebrates place and identity

Open Eye Gallery has become the latest Liverpool attraction to reopen its doors to visitors.

The Mann Island photographic gallery is showing The Time We Call Our Own which was due to originally open at the start of April – until the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown plunged city venues into darkness.

Social distancing measures are in place at the waterfront venue which will initially be open from Thursdays to Sundays, from 11am to 4pm.

Capacity has been reduced to allow plenty of social distanced space for visitors, along with clear signage, hand sanitiser stations and handwashing facilities. People will need to wear face coverings.

The Time We Call Our Own brings together images from across the world which seek to document a sense of time, place and identity, with style, location and music all playing a part in understanding the identity of a city.

Work on show includes photographs by Amelia Lonsdale, Adam Murray – who also curates - and Ukrainian Tobias Zielony.

The exhibition also features Oliver Sieber’s Imaginary Club, shot across Japan, Europe and the US and which shows the global propagation of styles across borders, scenes and subcultures; Dustin Thierry’s Opulence which captures the Black Caribbean diaspora in the Netherlands, and Andrew Miksys’ Disko which chronicles clubbing in disparate venues in post-Soviet Lithuania.

The physical exhibition sits alongside an online programme on the gallery website HERE.

The Time We Call Our Own is at the Open Eye Gallery until October 23.

Top: Street dance with Sonido Sonoramico at Campestre Aragon, Mexico City, 2011. Photo by Mirjam Wirz.

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