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Happy Ending

15 March 2019 - 9 June 2019
11:00 - 17:00
Opening Weekend

QUAD Gallery Two

Exhibition Preview
Thursday 14 March
17:00pm – 21:00pm

Artist tour
Friday 15 March
15.00pm - 16.00pm

In Conversation with
Louise Fedotov Clements
Saturday March 16
13.30pm - 14.30pm
Cinema Two

Monday - Saturday
11.00am - 17.00pm
12.00pm - 17.00pm

Happy Ending

In this newly commissioned work for FORMAT19, curated by Peter Bonnell and Louise Fedotov-Clements, cut-paper master Kensuke Koike has turned to a much-heralded and immensely important archive that can be found right here in the city of Derby: the archive of W W Winter. Winter’s has been operating in Derby, in the same area on Midland Road, since 1852. They are one of the oldest studios in the world still operating today, and their inventory of images is a treasure trove that Koike has gleefully delved into to produce an installation of images from the past.

The people populating these images are all likely Derby natives, or from near to the city, all long since departed. Yet Koike – as with much of his work – has rejuvenated his source material, consequently giving both the people that appear in them and the actual source photographic image a new sense of purpose, a sense of rebirth. Indeed, the artist himself comments that he has taken these archives, these images, and, “given them a new life, a new story and now a new result.”

Kenuske Koike will be giving an artist tour of his exhibition on Friday 15th March and will be In Conversation with FORMAT19 Artistic Director Louise Fedotov Clements on Saturday 16th March.