Aleksandra Mir

HELLO Colchester

COLCHESTER—This version of HELLO spans 500 years of local history through 100 connected images. It starts with a newsclipping from the Colchester Gazette and a central image of Queen Elizabeth II shaking hands with Ashley James Hall, a young soldier who has just returned to Colchester from his tour of duty in Afganistan. Ashley then provided an image of hismelf as a young boy in the lap of Father Christmas. The chain continues through contemporary Colchester relations such as the band members of Blur and FirstSite employees via photography to one end, and trails off through historic prints and paintings of mainly political heroes and Royalty to the other, ending with a painting of Colchester native Dr. William Gilbert showing his Experiment on Electricity to Queen Elizabeth I