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Current Exhibition

Foris: Looking at Trees / From a New Series of Photographs by Melissa Moore

Part of a new, larger series of the artist's nocturnal reckonings with London's trees, the 12 pictures exhibited in Foris gently unveil the urban arboreal and - through the act of looking, again and again - make us intimates to the strange, living presences of trees on our streets. At the same time, the photographs seem to acknowledge that the complexity of their subject presents a challenge to our understanding: each tree may ultimately remain unknowable and out of reach.

A limited edition series of prints is available exclusively at The Broadway Bookshop. For further details, please email: books@broadwaybookshophackney.com.

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Artist's Statement

The Latin root word for forest is foris - meaning: outdoors, door, and entrance.

There have been several press articles that note that London has been classified as a forest. The word forest was originally used to define legal property, rather than ecological category, and the definition of what a forest is can still be called into question - however, there are apparently 8.4 million trees in this city.

The photographs in Foris have been made over a few years and across many London boroughs, frequently during late night walks. Darkness has held a particular draw, when the city's own dimensions can fade from view, and the magnetism of the tree comes into prominence more fully.

When not illuminated by streetlights, trees can be hard to discern, and the camera's long exposure is relied on to light what the eye is struggling to see. While set up with tripod and camera squarely before striking trees, it was not unusual for other users of the night to ask what was being photographed. However, even in the daytime, trees can be hard to perceive. They are often completely unnoticed, and even when we do succeed in looking at them their scale, whether large or small, is each time a challenge to condense via a viewfinder.

It seems to be the consensus that trees are healthy to have in the city. Their presence perhaps also fulfils older needs, to do with safety and hiding. But trees also hide themselves. They suggest, but do not fully provide solidity. They have the ability to be both there and not there. The tree's sculptural and quasi-architectural presence is so physical and elaborate, and yet doesn't seem to demand our attention. Mostly we 'flip' by without noticing them.

The archetypal tree of life is a symbol that brings to the mind's eye a very complete image, but trees are used as metaphors in so many different cultural stories, they don't occupy a distinct meaning. Furthermore, new scientific knowledge of their various linked ecosystems of dependencies, possible excretions, or communicative electrical signals, via roots and underground fungal networks, means it is now harder to know where trees palpably begin and end. Neither established/ancient metaphorical associations nor growing scientific dimensions make it feel possible to know what the totality of a tree is.

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Melissa Moore is a London-based artist. She studied Photography at Manchester Metropolitan University, Experimental Visual Design at The University of Art and Design in Linz, Austria, and has a Masters of Fine Arts degree with Distinction for Research from the Royal College of Art, London. Her previous series Land Ends was exhibited in Europe, Singapore, Japan, US and Canada, and is in the permanent Museum collection of Fondazione Fotografia, Modena, Italy and collected in the monograph Land Ends, published by Skira in 2013. She is a Course Leader at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts, London.

You can read more about her work at Photomonitor; Aesthetica Magazine; and the Independent.

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Foris: Looking at Trees will be on exhibition at The Broadway Bookshop from 1 December 2017 to 1 February 2018 and can be visited during shop opening hours: Monday to Friday 10 am - 6 pm, Sunday 11 am - 5 pm.

We regularly hold events at our bookshop such as readings and book signings.

JOINING THE DOTS: A Woman In Her Time / A Talk with Juliet Gardiner

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 at 7.00pm

Writer and historian Juliet Gardiner will be appearing at the shop on Wednesday 31 January at 7 p.m. to read from and talk about her new book Joining the Dots: A Woman In Her Time (published by Harper Collins), a memoir that charts a course through sixty years of change personal, social and political, to reveal the shifts and transformations of women's lives in post-war Britain.

Tickets are £5 (includes glass of wine).

For booking please call: 020 7241 1626 or email: books@broadwaybookshophackney.com.

For more information about the book please see below.

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About the book (from the publisher):

From Britain's leading social historian, a lyrical look at the changes to women's lives since 1940, told with examples from her own life. The book provides an intimate, brilliant account of feminism over the last 6 decades.

A young woman wearing a navy-blue duffle coat stood shivering in the vaulted Victorian booking hall of Temple Meads station in Bristol looking uncertainly around her. It was 1st January 1960 and the woman was me. I was sixteen years old, and I had run away from home.

Over the next ten years, the world changed around young Juliet Gardiner as it did for most women in Britain. It was the start of a decade that was to be momentous for Britain's history politically, economically, socially and culturally.

As one of Britain's best-known social historians, Juliet Gardiner writes here about the span of women's lives from her birth during the Second World War to the election of Margaret Thatcher as prime minister. Using episodes from her own life as starting points to illuminate the broader history in society at large, she explores changing ideas towards birth and adoption, the importance of education for girls, the opportunities offered by university, to expectations of work and motherhood, not to mention her generation's yearning for freedom.

Everyone has his or her history and at the same time is part of history as this book so perceptively and beautifully demonstrates. As a work of living history, both lyrical and personal, Joining the Dots is an accessible and empowering story of how one mid-twentieth-century woman grew into a world so different from the one into which she was born. It is a story of bed-sits, sexual choice, motherhood and marriage, feminism, family planning and professional ambition.

An accomplished and intensely evocative memoir that will become in time an integral part of our understanding of post-war Britain. It is also, at a personal level, a journey of courage and determination.
- Books of the Year, David Kynaston, Observer

For further information, please visit the publisher Harper Collins.

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About the author:

Juliet Gardiner is a respected commentator on British social history from the Victorian times through to the 1950s. She is the former editor of History Today magazine and is the author of many books including Wartime: Britain 1939-1945 (2004), The Thirties: An Intimate History (2010), The Blitz: The British Under Attack (2010) and most recently Joining the Dots: A Woman In Her Time (2017). She lives in East London.

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