Curated by Anna Fox this installation and projection showcased the work of a select group of international female photographers, as part of Light Night 2015 at Tate Liverpool. Described by Tate Liverpool as 'Liverpool's spectacular, one-night only arts and culture festival', the festival also hosted the launch of LOOK 15's bi-annual festival during LightNight, 'Hear from LOOK 15 and enjoy an evening of images, sound installations and DJing presented by international artist Anna Fox, live in our foyer' (Tate, 2015).
Artists in the installation included: Knorr / Sarah Jones /Natasha Caruana /Melanie Friend /Rut Blees Luxemburg /Alijca Dobrucka /Joy Gregory / Sophy Rickett / Chinar Shah / Marilene Cardosa Ribeiro / Helen Sear / Bettina Von Zwehl / Clare Strand / Anna Fox / Neeta Madahar / Hannah Starkey / Susan Lipper / Effie Paleologou / Sarah Pickering / Vicki Churchill / Eileen Perrier / KayLynn Deveney/ Ailbhe Greaney / Maria Kapajeva / Anne Hardy / Joanna Piotrowska / Emma Critchley / Tereza Zelenkova / Steffi Klenz / Giulia Marchi / Lottie Davies / Joy Gregory / Jill Quigley / Trish Morrissey / Helen Goodin / Shiho, Kito / Nandini Valli/
Images from Ailbhe Greaney's series 'StreetFlower', as well as some older works, were selected for showcase in the exhibition. The work ‘Street Flower’, created as part of a Residency Award at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, depicts a young generation of Vietnamese women living in Paris now, as well as the daughters of women who travelled by boat to Europe in the 1970’s. Here they wear jackets within Parisian landscapes that they previously wore moving through the streets of Vietnam by moped. In Vietnam the jackets are worn to protect the skin from the sun. The jackets are multi-coloured, with floral patterns. They are not traditional, nor do they reference the past. Rather, they are a part of contemporary culture, referencing a momentum that is forward facing. Moving en masse through the streets of Hanoi and Saigon, women wearing these jackets, appear like a moving garden.
Photography enables us to recreate one world within another. It has the ability to transport like a magic carpet or the white horse from the tale of Tir na NOg (Land of the Young). Within these images colour and dress become a language, and the photographs a kind of fabric, which transform and re-imagine complex personal identities, connecting people and place across time and space. Specifically, the displacement of the Vietnamese jackets re-locates aspects of Vietnamese sun, style and subtlety of substance, within a Parisian landscape.