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Arnolfini - est 1961

A major exhibition that examines touch sensitivity in a new
photographic series, installed alongside a miniature train that
will travel through the first floor galleries.

With: Josephine Pryde

These Are Just Things I Say, They Are Not My Opinions is a new exhibition of British artist Josephine Pryde, an artist known primarily for her work with photography, though she often presents work with sculptural elements. Pryde plays with different photographic conventions, for example publicity or advertising images, where seductive and highly staged, high resolution images evoke and respond to desire.  She draws on this visual language, responding to ideas and larger conceptual frameworks such as the history of photography and the moving image, through details, references, or the juxtaposition of different works.

Pryde’s works embrace moments of beauty – the shimmering surfaces of fabric, portraits of staged personas, or frozen images of splashing liquids. On first glance, the conventions of commercial and artistic photography seem to apply to these images, but on closer viewing, there are cues that subtly question the very visual language that she uses and references. 

For Arnolfini, Pryde presents an installation that combines a new series of photographs and a three dimensional work – a miniature train that can be ridden through the galleries. The disclaimer in the exhibition title highlights questions around speech: what might be the difference between what is said and what is held as an opinion? Why distinguish between the two? And what is being said? 



Please join us for the exhibition preview on Thursday 20 November, 6pm – 8.30pm  
Afterparty from 9pm, Arnolfini cafe bar

We Are Family

Saturday 29 November, 1pm – 5pm, free
Join illustrator Fiona Clabon to explore the themes and ideas in the exhibition at this drop in session. Most suitable for ages 5+ but all ages are welcome to have a go.

For further family activities, please view our family guide for this exhibition.

Artist Talk
UWE/ Art in the City Talks : Josephine Pryde
Wednesday 21 January, 6.30pm, £6/£4 concs

Part of the UWE Fine Art / Art in the City Talks, organised by Arnolfini, Bristol City Council, and the University of the West of England.

Exhibition Tours
Saturday 6 December and Saturday 7 February, 2pm, free
Young Arnolfini will lead a performative tour of the exhibition, picking apart the key themes and exploring why the show is relevant to them as a group.

Please also read the first installment of the Young Arnolfini guide made to accompany to this exhibition. 

All images: Courtesy Simon Lee Gallery London, Temnikova & Kasela Gallery Tallinn, Galerie Neu Berlin, Reena Spauling Fine Arts New York.

With generous support from The Henry Moore Foundation.

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Download an exhibition guide