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Stranger Than Fiction Exhibition

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Everyday the media bombards us with sensational headlines, stories, and pictures, a lot of which we have to question the legitimacy of. Only the naive will take everything they read, hear, and see at face value. Unless of course you are going to The Science Museum. Surely this is a place of cold hard fact?

Most of the time this would be true, but just recently as the new exhibition has opened that will definitely leave you wondering. Stranger Than Fiction is a photographic exhibition by the Spanish conceptual artist, Joan Fontcuberta. Having lived under the Franco dictatorship has caused Fontcuberta to be sceptical about authority, while his experience in the advertising industry has led him to consider the relationship between truth and photography with a more critical eye.

Strange Than Fiction explores this relationship through six documentary narratives that combines fact with fiction. If you only thought mermaids and flying monkeys could be found in fairytales, these journalistic photographs might make you stop and wonder. Fontuberta's pictures of rare plants and animals may look genuine, but don't be fooled. Fascinating, awe-inspiring, humorous, but completely fake, Stranger Than Fiction is an entertaining display of photography that merges science and art.

Running until the 9th November, tickets are 8 adult and 5 concessions. There are free fortnightly lunchtime tours, a lecture by Joan Fontuberta on the 27th October, and a one-day symposium on the 8th November.
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Why? Fun for art lovers
When: Until 9th Nov
Phone: 44 870 870 4868
Where: Science Museum
Cost: 8 adult, 5 concession
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