Some people really want to believe: Conspiracy Week at the Photographer’s Gallery, London

Some people really want to believe: Conspiracy Week at the Photographer's Gallery, London, February 2017

As part of #ConspiracyWeek, London’s Photography Gallery is hosting a series of events until the 19th February 2017, exploring the increasing confusion between fact and fiction in a post-truth world.

Some people really want to believe: Conspiracy Week at the Photographer's Gallery, London, February 2017

Here’s how they describe their programme:

From UFOs and the moon landing, to fake news in our post-truth world, conspiracy theories have always existed. However, since the attacks on the World Trade Centre in 2001, and most recently in the American elections, there’s been a huge increase and a shift in the methods utilised by conspiracy theorists to respond and share intricately produced views of phenomena.

The Internet provides a way of verifying information, yet has also proved to be the rich ground needed for conspiracists to spread their message. Over ten days of exhibitions, events and online projects, The Photographers’ Gallery will respond to the increased confusion between fact and fiction, examining the role photography and the moving image play within the complex narratives of conspiracy.

Some people really want to believe: Conspiracy Week at the Photographer's Gallery, London, February 2017

Two large posters decorate the outside of the gallery in Ramillies Street, next to Oxford Circus tube station.

Some people really want to believe: Conspiracy Week at the Photographer's Gallery, London, February 2017

Some people really want to believe: Conspiracy Week at the Photographer's Gallery, London, February 2017

Slide shows revealed examples of supposed photographic evidence of UFOs, most of which had a very clear human influence in their creation.

Some people really want to believe: Conspiracy Week at the Photographer's Gallery, London, February 2017

Some people really want to believe: Conspiracy Week at the Photographer's Gallery, London, February 2017

A 21 foot craft capable of inter planetary travel? Yes, I’m convinced!

Some people really want to believe: Conspiracy Week at the Photographer's Gallery, London, February 2017

Some people really want to believe: Conspiracy Week at the Photographer's Gallery, London, February 2017

Some people really want to believe: Conspiracy Week at the Photographer's Gallery, London, February 2017

Lots of pictures of blurry metal objects in the sky which are either (a) rock solid proof of an alien visitation or  (b) the wildly unconvincing work of a half-arsed faker.

Some people really want to believe: Conspiracy Week at the Photographer's Gallery, London, February 2017

Visitors were invited to leave messages.

Some people really want to believe: Conspiracy Week at the Photographer's Gallery, London, February 2017

Some people really want to believe: Conspiracy Week at the Photographer's Gallery, London, February 2017

Outside, visitors leave their coloured dots in nearby objects, creating a pretty pattern.

Some people really want to believe: Conspiracy Week at the Photographer's Gallery, London, February 2017

Conspiracy Week, 10 – 19 February 2017
More: http://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/conspiracy-week

More info:

Photographer’s Gallery
Monday – Saturday 10.00 – 18.00
Thursday 10.00 – 20.00
Sunday 11.00 – 18.00
Location:
16 – 18 Ramillies Street, London W1F 7LW
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