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The Ward by Gideon Mendel – Exhibition at The Fitzrovia Chapel every Wednesday and Sunday until December 3rd


1 Nov - 2017

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Wednesdays 8, 15, 22, 29 November
Sundays 5, 12, 19, 26 November and Sunday 3 December
11.00 – 18.00
The Fitzrovia Chapel
2 Pearson Square, London W1T 3BF
The Fitzrovia Chapel is delighted to present its first photographic exhibition in line with its Lineage Programme, ‘The Ward.’ In 1993, Gideon Mendel spent a number of weeks photographing the Broderip and Charles Bell wards in London’s Middlesex Hospital as part of the ‘Positive Lives’ project. The Broderip was the first AIDS ward in London and was opened by Diana, Princess of Wales in 1987, this year marking the 30th anniversary of its opening. This was the era before antiretroviral medications had become available, a very distinct and tragic time. All of the patients on the wards, many of whom were young, gay men, were having to face the terrifying prospect of an early and painful death. In particular Gideon Mendel followed while he was there the stories of four patients – John, Steven, Ian and Andre.
These two wards at The Middlesex Hospital were some of the few dedicated AIDS wards that existed in London, and even more unusual for their decision to open themselves to being photographed. Considering the high levels of stigma and fear that existed at the time, the decision of these four patients to allow themselves, alongside their families, lovers and friends to be photographed was an act of considerable bravery.
During his time at the hospital, he photographed their treatment and many other aspects of ward life, including the intimate way in which the staff, patients and their families related to one another. Treatment was not a passive process, but rather an active engagement on the part of the patients, who were often extremely knowledgeable about their condition. The staff, too, became far more attached to their patients than was commonplace in hospitals at the time. All of the patients in these photographs died soon after the pictures were taken. They were the unlucky ones, who became sick just before treatment became available.
‘The Ward’ explores through Gideon Mendel’s evocative black and white photographs how it felt to live with HIV at this time when it was considered a veritable death sentence. It shows how the ward at the Middlesex Hospital became more like a second home, and the staff and patients friends. The Middlesex Hospital itself was demolished in 2005 apart from its stunning Grade II* listed secular chapel. It has recently been reopened as The Fitzrovia Chapel as a place of quiet contemplation in the community and to celebrate live events and the arts. An exhibition of 14 images will be displayed in the chapel every Sunday in November leading up to World AIDS day on December 1st 2017. There will also be ‘Through Positive Eyes’, a film project where people in London with HIV were given cameras to film and photograph their lives, which gives a powerful sense of how people are living with HIV today. This was produced as part of the global TPE project (throughpositiveeyes.org), –a collaboration between Gideon Mendel and the Art & Global Health Center at UCLA working with more than 130 HIV positive ‘artivists’ in ten cities around the world. ‘TheWard’ will also be published by Trolley Books and launched at the exhibition.


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‘The Ward’ by Gideon Mendel will be published by Trolley Books in November 2017 followed by an exhibition at The Fitzrovia Chapel


14 Oct - 2017

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In 1993, Gideon Mendel spent a number of weeks photographing the Broderip and Charles Bell wards in London’s Middlesex Hospital. The Broderip was the first AIDS ward in London and was opened by Diana, Princess of Wales in 1987, this year marking its 30th anniversary. This was the era before antiretroviral medications had become available, a very distinct and tragic time. All of the patients on the wards, many of whom were young, gay men, were having to face the terrifying prospect of an early and painful death. Considering the high levels of stigma and fear that existed at the time, the decision of these patients to allow themselves, alongside their families, lovers and friends to be photographed was an act of considerable bravery, while the wards themselves became very special and unique places.
‘The Ward’ by Gideon Mendel published by Trolley Books, November 2017. Exhibition at The Fitzrovia Chapel, the original chapel of the Middlesex Hospital every Wednesday and Sunday in November in the lead up to World AIDS day.
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Counterculture in Fitzrovia – Past and Present, Barry Miles and Hannah Watson in conversation


12 Oct - 2017

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We are excited to be doing a talk with the legend that is Barry Miles at hidden gem The Fitzrovia Chapel about Counterculture and Fitzrovia on 25th October, tickets are £6 and places limited so get booking now!!

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Juliana Cerqueira Leite solo show BLOOM at TJ Boulting Gallery


27 Sep - 2017

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Excited to invite you all to the second solo show with TJ Boulting of the amazing Juliana Cerqueira Leite! The BLOOM private view is on Thursday 5th October to coincide with Frieze Westend night when all the galleries are open late. This new work explores through sculpture and photocollage the hand gesticulations that express disasters in the news. Hope to see you there!
Private View Thursday 5th October 6-9pm
Exhibition continues until 7th November


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Come find us at Printed Matter New york Art book fair


24 Sep - 2017

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Double trouble at Printed Matter New York Art Book Fair come find us in Photography room 3 at MoMA PS1. Sign up for Scott Caruth ‘Molatham’ and buy asap ‘Tokyo Is Yours’ by Meg Hewitt


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Juliana Cerqueira Leite will be talking at the Wellcome Collection on Thursday 28th September


13 Sep - 2017

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Juliana Cerqueira Leite will be talking at the Wellcome Collection on Thursday 28th September (ahead of her solo show at TJ Boulting) on her artist book A Potential Space, on the representation of the vagina, with curator Nora Heidorn. It says sold out on the website but have been told by Wellcome that if you turn up on the night then seats are available. So come!


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New series by Sian Davey featured in the FT


12 Sep - 2017

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Beautiful new series by Sian Davey on British families at dinner time, featured in the FT ahead of her exhibition opening at National Portrait Gallery next week, curated by Sabina Jaskot-Gill with words by Tom Seymour.


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Girl on Girl panel discussion


5 Sep - 2017

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Thanks to Riposte magazine for inviting Hannah Watson from TJ Boulting to join the Girl on Girl panel discussion last night with writer and editor of Girl on Girl book Charlotte Jansen, artist Juno Calypso and editor of Broadly Zing Tsjeng. We were discussing everything from the ‘female gaze’, to how women are photographed, art history, selfies, slut shaming and bum hair


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