The work of english Chris Killip that you can see now in Reina sofía museum (Madrid) until 24 February 2014, under the title trabajo / work is a crucial testimony to understand the post-war period in England in the final decades of the 20th century. An approach that captures the simplicity and daily-life activities of english lower classes, they suffered in the flesh the ravages of deindustrialization. For Chris, proudly of his social background – he says he was born and grow up in a pub in Man island – the pictures has a reason for living. And he relate, punctuating the press presentation of numerous anecdotes, the sense of be in a particular place photographing a particular time in the people life. Therefore, he like return to the places which he has photographed to take new snapshots, because, his work precisely it’s all about that. Take some pictures about «things happening in life«. And he pick up fragments of the work of T.S. Eliot about culture to assert an ideological opinion, a way of understanding the photography in the cultural environment, considering that “culture is more than we see in museums but everything provide us of values”.
This is the sense of his work, stay in time telling stories of everyday life, because it is there where it is created the culture of peoples. In fact, life changes, but pictures stay. This is a indispensable exhibition to understand a piece of recent English history with all emotional and social burden but without drama.
The exhibition trabajo / work by Chris Killip is displayed in Reina Sofia museum until 24 February next year