2004 - Stranger Than Fiction

Stranger Than Fiction: From the Arts Council Collection

Exploring personal and invented narratives, the works in Stranger than Fiction revealed a potent and, at times, exotic world where truth is often more curious than fiction and where fiction is made more powerful through fact. The exhibition included photography, video and film by contemporary British artists including Jananne Al-Ani, Tracey Emin, Issac Julien, Donald Rodney, Zineb Sedira and Gavin Turk. The featured artists found insppiration from a variety of sources, including their personal situations, the notion of self and identity, family history, myth and legend.


Tour details

Leeds City Art Gallery (24 Apr – 6 Jun 2004)

Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle (10 Jul  – 12 Sep)

Aberystwyth Arts Centre (18 Sep – 6 Nov)

Usher Gallery, Lincoln (13 Nov 2004 – 9 Jan 2005)

Nottingham Castle (30 Apr – 12 Jun)

Brighton Museum & Art Gallery (25 Jun – 7 Aug)





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