Lost Generation IV
This exhibition explores contemporary youth culture and the political animosity amongst the younger generation in West Bromwich. Bethany Kane is interested in developing work with those who fit within the demographic known as ‘Generation Z’. For this edition of Lost Generation, Beth has collaborated with three students from Sandwell College (Miles, Tyler and Zac) encouraging them to use photography to explore their feelings towards current society and politics: from the uncertainty of Brexit to the dominance of social media; the ever-increasing cost of living and the rise in university fees; to the fear of the effect of developing technologies on today’s job market.
Lost Generation IV provokes discussion and debate on what the future may hold for young men in West Bromwich, Britain and beyond.
This commission is part of the Forge Artist Open Call Programme which invited 12 West Midlands artists and/or curators to make new bodies of work for the Blast! Festival and take part in a mentorship programme.
Bethany Kane is an independent curator, photographer, Founder of Lost Generation Projects and Programme Co-ordinator of FORMAT International Photography Festival. Lost Generation Projects has exhibited over 50 international photographers, the exhibitions have been supported by University of Derby, Birmingham City University, Vice Magazine and Bene Culture. Lost Generation photobooks are stocked by The Photographers’ Gallery, Magma and Rope Press. Beth has exhibited solely at Midlands Art Centre, Parkside Gallery Birmingham and Coventry Centre of Contemporary Arts, she has represented UK emerging photographers at the Young Artist Biennial Milan. In February 2019, her work was at Exposure Festival Calgary, Canada.