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Porch Gallery Exhibition: Bone Fire by Casey Orr
November 11, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Monday and Wednesday, repeating until November 27, 2019
Now irretrievably connected to Guy Fawkes, bonfires were in earlier times known as Bone Fires – symbolic burnings of the summer’s animal carcasses designed to ward off, and warn off, the oncoming frost. This annual ritual saw communities gather to celebrate, feast and stake claim to their survival through another seasonal cycle.
The Bone Fire series, taken over a five-year period in West Yorkshire, highlights a modern-day echo of those times. The transient world depicted in Casey’s photographs is one that the kids have created for themselves, having fun without leadership or instruction. Their chaotic, self-built structures are elevated into sculptures that live, burn and die in one breathless, annual week.
As the culture and tradition of Bonfire Night dies out, replaced by huge, ordered, adult-led corporate and municipal imitations, the Bone Fire series aims to preserve the inspiring social phenomenon of the tradition.
The exhibition is available to view each Monday and Wednesday, 10am-5pm, until 27 November.
All money raised through this event will support the development of Left Bank Leeds Charitable Trust, (charity no. 1146734).
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