The 'In Your Face' exhibition asks 'what does your face say about you?'

‘In Your Face’ exhibition supported by Changing Faces

A new exhibition opening this weekend at the National Media Museum in Bradford includes campaign posters from Changing Faces.

The ‘In Your Face’ exhibition sets out to ask visitors ‘what does your face say about you?’, and challenge assumptions that people make when they see a face. Aimed at families, the exhibition includes more than twenty interactive displays, experiments and exhibits including materials from around the world.

Specialists from Changing Faces’ communications and advocacy teams worked with the Museum’s experts to ensure that the exhibition included faces that were unusual, taking the opportunity to introduce visitors to the concept of face equality. The exhibition includes several posters from Changing Faces’ 2011 campaign featuring young people with disfigurements.

Changing Faces campaign posters in the exhibition. Image: National Media Museum

Changing Faces campaign posters in the exhibition. Image: National Media Museum

John O’Shea, Senior Exhibitions Manager at the National Media Museum, said:

“In developing In Your Face the National Media Museum have been privileged to collaborate with the Changing Faces charity -drawing upon their generosity and expertise to make sure the messages and artefacts presented in our exhibition encourage respect for difference, and challenge negative stereotypes which are common in the media and society.

“Changing Faces have not only contributed exhibition materials, but more importantly, have taken us on a journey to better understand the challenges encountered by individuals whose appearance is unusual, and the difference we can make.”

Dr James Partridge OBE, Chief Executive of Changing Faces, said:

“We’re delighted to see the National Media Museum focusing on the face in such a considered and wide-ranging way. The face is the first thing we notice in someone and it forms the basis of all our communications, and for those of us with an unusual face it can be challenging.

“This excellent exhibition will help children, young people and their families explore what faces mean, and how we can all embrace face equality, where everyone of every appearance is treated equally.”

The exhibition runs until 30 October.

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