‘In the ghetto it gets cold but we’ve got something to warm our soles’, 2012
Black and white photographs
79 x 59 cm
Edition of 3
In his exhibition at Baronian Francey Gallery, Rees draws together loose associations from different historical events; the revolutionary spirit of the Merthyr Rising, a 3 day armed insurrection in 1831 which saw the red flag being raised for the first time in history as a symbol of proletariat struggle, the closing of the Hoover factory in 2009 which marked a sad mile stone in a long period of de-industrialisation in the town and in 2003 the mass purchasing of white socks (73,000 pairs in one year to a population of 55,000) from the local Asda megastore.The white sock trend phenomenon led Rees to speculate on the rise of a new subcultural movement in this ex-iron and mining community, deep in the Welsh valleys. The exhibition sees the artist collaborating with fashion photographer Michael Hemy on a series of black and white photographs.