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Arts ahead: February 10-17

Star critics cherry-pick the best on offer in the weeks to come

Another Kind of Life
Photography on the Margins
Barbican Art Gallery
Silk St, EC2
February 28-March 27

Driven by motivations both personal and political, many of the photographers in Another Kind of Life sought to provide an authentic representation of disenfranchised communities, often conspiring with them to construct their own identity through the camera lens. The beautifully arresting series of photographs, Adam’s Apple (1982-87), by Chilean photographer Paz Errázuriz are of a community of transgender sex-workers working in an underground brothel in Chile during the military dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet, in the 1980s, when gender non-conforming people were subjected to police brutality. The photographs are an act of political resistance. Philippe Chancel’s impressive photographs Rebel’s Paris, of the ’80s stylish multiracial gangs in Paris who fought fascists are a revelatory lesson in community cohesion.

The Almighty Sometimes
Royal Exchange Theatre
St Ann's Square
Until February 24

“I’ve got a gym membership now. I’m reading the backs of cereal boxes. And then I started thinking how strange it was to know the calorie intake of a bowl of cereal, but not the contents of my own medication,” says Anna, who's coming of age in Kendall Feaver's The Almighty Sometimes. Possibilities are unfurling in front of her and she’s ready to take control, but her mother’s been standing guard all these years, taking care, editing the choices. When Anna makes a decision that could affect the rest of her life, can she stand by and watch is the question posed in this family story of "heart and humour." With Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Norah Lopez Holden and Mike Noble,

Journeys with The Waste Land
Turner Contemporary

In 1921, TS Eliot spent a few weeks in Margate at a crucial moment in his career. He arrived in a fragile state, physically and mentally, and worked on The Waste Land sitting in the Nayland Rock shelter on Margate Sands. The poem was published the following year and proved to be a pivotal and influential modernist work, reflecting on the fractured world in the aftermath of WWI. The exhibition includes works by Fiona Banner, Cecil Collins (The Quest, pictured), Tacita Dean, Elisabeth Frink, Patrick Heron, Edward Hopper, Barbara Kruger, Helen Marten, Henry Moore, Paul Nash, Paula Rego, John Smith and JMW Turner and is the culmination of a three-year project designed to develop a pioneering approach to curating where local residents developed the entire exhibition. Journeys with The Waste Land is consequently the result of many months the group have spent discussing personal connections between art, poetry and life.

Thomas Truax
Cafe Indiependent
169-173 High Street

February 16 2018
Cafe Indiependent is a co-operative coffee and music house but, underpinning that, “we are an employability project for disadvantaged young people. So, by day we’re like any other High Street coffee house, except we’ve morals.” What more do you need? They’ve hosted Sleaford Mods, Viv Albertine, While She Sleeps, Inspiral Carpets, Slow Readers Club and Funeral For a Friend among others.Truax probes at the very edge of genres forcing upon listeners constant adjustment to a sound that is wonderfully eclectic and romantic anew with each song. It’s hard edged yet polyphonic and as melodically elaborate and varied as it is sensitive.



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