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Lieko Shiga, ‘Portrait of Cultivation’ from Spiral Shore, 2008-2012. © Lieko Shiga, 2023

Picturing the Invisible: Earthquake, Meltdown, Memory

Picturing the Invisible: Earthquake, Meltdown, Memory is an academic and artistic partnership exploring the communities ravaged by the 2011 Great East Japan earthquake. It provides a striking photographic portrait of communities living with radiation and trauma in Fukushima and neighbouring prefectures, more than a decade later.

Photograph by Hannah Lister

Signs for the Living: an exhibition by Hannah Lister

Sun 29 January - Sun 23 April

Combination Room (above Porters' Lodge)

Hannah Lister’s photographs are complex, subtle, multi-layered works. They invite the viewer to engage with the questions they pose about representational image-making in general and the nature of photography in particular, but they also raise larger symbolic and spiritual concerns, about our position in time, our embodied relationship to landscapes and to the environment, and about our connections with others.

Hannah uses analogue photography and printing to cultivate chance and intuitively sifts its potential. Her emphasis on the materiality of the photograph, which she sometimes enhances by deliberately embracing potential flaws in the process of print-making, is in subtle dialogue with her photographs’ representational functions. We contemplate the quizzical glance or equivocal gesture in a portrait, the evocative landscape with its evidence of presence and distance simultaneously, the mundane object freighted with unexpected and enigmatic symbolism. The photograph is never objectively, transparently recording: it is an image, a selection, an artifice; but it is also weighty and mysterious, pregnant with some undefined meaning, elusive and allusive simultaneously.

The exhibition will be open to the public from Sunday 29 January.
Opening Times: Saturdays and Sundays 10.00-17.00, until Sunday 23 April.

Please note that the exhibition is occasionally unavailable, for instance during graduations.
It is advisable to contact the Porters' Lodge in advance of your visit (01223 335900).

Cost: Free

Enquiries and booking

No need to book.

Enquiries: Chantal Holland Website Email: events-coordinator@wolfson.cam.ac.uk


In person

10:00am-5:00pm Saturday-Sunday every week from Sunday 29 January until Sunday 23 April

All times

Sun 29 January 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sat 4 February 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sun 5 February 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sat 11 February 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sun 12 February 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sat 18 February 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sun 19 February 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sat 25 February 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sun 26 February 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sat 4 March 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sun 5 March 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sat 11 March 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sun 12 March 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sat 18 March 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sun 19 March 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sat 25 March 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sun 26 March 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sat 1 April 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sun 2 April 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sat 8 April 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sun 9 April 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sat 15 April 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sun 16 April 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sat 22 April 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sun 23 April 10:00AM - 5:00PM


Address: Combination Room (above Porters' Lodge)
Wolfson College
Barton Road
United Kingdom
Email: events-coordinator@wolfson.cam.ac.uk
Telephone: +441223335900