Margaret Mitchell - Passage (Signed)

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Signed 1st edition published by Bluecoat Press, 2021
Format: Hardback, 240x275mm
Condition: Very Good. Some light shelf wear.

*includes photo card.

PASSAGE brings together two connected bodies of work, Family and In This Place, spanning more than 20 years in the lives of Margaret Mitchell’s extended family. Within these pages, Mitchell asks questions on the nature of disadvantage and privilege, bringing together a history covering class, opportunity and inequality. Three generations lay out their lives reflecting not only on the personal but also the political in a story of love and loss with social inequality at its heart.

In 1994, Mitchell photographed her sister and her three children in a project that looked at familial bonds lived out under difficult social and economic circumstances in central Scotland. From 2015, she began the process of updating the family’s story, documenting where their lives had taken them and the limitations that had followed them from childhood. The two projects, side by side, expose the cyclical and inescapable nature of social inequality and prompt sobering questions about how a lack of opportunity in our childhood limits the choices we are able to make throughout life.

In over 20 years, the children from 1994 had not moved far, socially or economically, and the adults they had become were a product of all that had gone before. For Mitchell, this left a question in her mind, what was the role of environment and opportunity in their lives — how much choice had they ever actually had, and how much was predetermined for them? A work that is at once extremely personal, and undeniably universal and political.