Postcards from Robert's
For some years, Professor Val Williams has been working with the objects and collections assembled in Robert's Rummage in Hastings Old Town. Her first series, Pictures from Robert's,was exhibited in Finds 1 at the Well Gallery, London College of Communication, and published in the Journal of Photography&Culture. This second project in the series -Postcards from Robert's - was shown in the new PARcSPACE at LCC as part of PARC’S archive-mania season. It is a partner project with Photo Hastings, which opened in October 2014 and is the UK’s newest photography festival. For this series, Val Williams selected 400 postcards the entire stock of several thousand, collating them into sections such as People on their Own in the Landscape ,The Main Street of the Village , Couples in Picturesque Places and Bays .
Robert's Rummage is an institution in Hastings Old Town. It has provided a generation of men, women and children, residents and tourists, with items from the very useful to the highly decorative, and with everything in between.
Future projects in this series will include Paintings from Robert's and Men in Evening Dress from Robert's. Val Williams and Robin Christian has a short film about Robert Mucci and his remarkable shop, which was shown during the exhibition in London, and screened at the Electric Palace cinema Hastings during Photo Hastings 2014, on 12 October, with a q&a session with Dr Sara Davidmann, Professor Angus Carlyle and Robin Christian.