L8Unseen Launches at Museum of Liverpool


L8Unseen at the Museum of Liverpool is a new cross-platform exhibition of photography, film and interactive media exploring the communities living in Liverpool 8 that has already begun to garner accolades across the UK and beyond.

‘L8,’ an area of Liverpool known simply by its postcode, has often been used as shorthand for ‘riots and inner-city deprivation’ in the city. The L8Unseen exhibition challenges these preconceptions, revealing hidden stories and histories from the people who live, work or have a passion for the area.

On April 2nd 2015, B3 Media and the Museum of Liverpool invited project participants along with their friends, family and communities to the opening night of the exhibition, which shares their stories through large-scale portraits, video interviews and interactive media. With over 200+ visitors the night was filled with reminiscence, pride and hope.

Part-funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, L8Unseen features striking large-scale colour portraits taken by artist/ photographer Othello De’Souza-Hartley. Images of individuals and groups set in culturally significant locations reflect the city’s history of global trade, including slavery. These portraits are 21st century representations of race, culture and identity against a foundation of 300 years of immigration and settlement.

Marc Boothe of B3 Media produced L8Unseen, which involved extensive engagement with community groups in the area over the past few months. The team uncovered a wealth of stories dating back more than 60 years.

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The L8Unseen exhibition will run until 6 September 2015.

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