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Social Change: Britain in Pictures
December 3, 2008   
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Warsaw's Center for contemporary Art is hosting an exhibition of British photography 1967-1987.

The exhibition marks 70 years of the British Council in Poland and is entitled No Such Thing as Society in an allusion to a famous quote from former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher: "Society? There is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families."

The exhibition documents two stormy decades in the history of Britain when the country underwent deep social transformations resulting from changing mores and political and economic problems.

The 150 photos on display, taken by 33 outstanding documentary photographers, are arranged in chronological order under six themes that illustrate contrasting aspects of the British society of the time. The photographs come from the collections of the Arts Council and the British Council.

The curator of the exhibition is David Alan Mellor, an art history professor at the University of Sussex who has organized a number of exhibitions on various aspects of postwar British photography.

No Such Thing as Society is on display through Jan. 11, 2009, at the Center for Contemporary Art/Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw.

M.B.
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