When: 16-20 January 2018
Where: Art Bermondsey Project Space, London
Britain is about to change. The faultlines that exist across the country have been exacerbated by the nation’s 2016 decision to leave the EU and the unconvincing outcome of the June 2017 general election. Communities and families have been divided. Is life in Britain about to become better or worse? Will employment opportunities increase or diminish? Will the economy and industries collapse or thrive? Are the British worried about the future and do elderly people, the majority of whom voted Leave, care less about it than the young? Will Britain leaving the European Union mean immigrants will feel unsafe and be forced to leave? How proud do people feel to be British?
These are some of the many questions photojournalist Peter Dench put to the people of Britain. The A1, Britain’s longest numbered road, was his tendril to them, an artery that connects as much as it divides. It begins near St Paul’s in the City of London, zipping north through the suburbs of Bedfordshire, the industrial East Midlands, north east England and the east coast of Scotland, ending around 410 miles later in Edinburgh. Dench travelled it’s length photographing the eclectic characters he met along the way; in truck stops and cafes, temples and homes, businesses and bars. It provided Dench with a route of certainty in a time of tumult, through a nation on the verge.