Photography // New exhibition featuring Tom Hunter celebrates 90′s festival spirit and life on the road

Andrew Gaston, Czechno low res

A new exhibition at London College of Communication, featuring photographers Tom Hunter and Dave Fawcett, and filmmaker Andrew Gaston, conjures the countercultural spirit of young travelling communities in the 1990’s.

Opening on Wednesday 5 February 2014, Life on the Road captures a remarkable moment in time, in the 1990s, when young people travelled around Europe in a variety of vehicles adapted as homes, forming transitory communities based around festivals, music and a shared rejection of the increasingly consumerist values of Western society.

Travelling in decommissioned buses and vans, these new explorers constructed a vision of a kind of utopia, which is now embedded in our collective memory of the 1990s. From Hunter’s documentary of everyday life on the road, to Fawcett’s meticulous record of traveller buses, and Gaston’s elegiac footage of parties, this exhibition, which is an integral part of LCC Green Week, is both celebration and memorial.

‘Life on the Road’
Opening Party: Wednesday 5 February 2014 6–9pm
Exhibition Open: 6 – 26 February 2014, 10am – 5pm (closed Sunday)
Venue: Upper Street Gallery, London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle SE1 6SB

At the Opening Party Tom Hunter will be signing copies of his book Le Crowbar published by Here Press. Copies of Dave Fawcett’s publication Traveller Homes will also be on sale. 

WIN a copy of Tom Hunter’s book Le Crowbar and more in our Instagram competition. Find out how here: blogs.arts.ac.uk/lcc/instagram-competition And follow @LCCLondon on Instagram.

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Life on the Road is a Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC) project, made in partnership with London College of Communication as part of Green Week, 2014. The project demonstrates PARC’s on-going interest in contemporary archives and the counterculture and follows on from its recent work with the archives of Daniel Meadows, Stuart Griffiths and Marjolaine Ryley. The exhibition arose out of a collaboration between two UAL Professors, Val Williams and Tom Hunter, has been co-curated by them and organised by Robin Silas Christian.

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  1. [...] converted coaches, ambulances, and buses, setting up raves and impromptu festivals. See it at the “Life on the Road” exhibition at LCC in London’s Elephant and [...]

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