4 September – 21 September 2013: Stano Murin – The Secret Life of John Culver


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This exhibition documents the life of a mysterious and adventurous old man. John Culver is the life-long companion of the artist’s sub-conscious and his identity has been forged through a mixture of memory, make-believe, heartache and aspiration. For those who have known him he is the ultimate avatar into a world of hope and freedom. Culver inhabits a realm between fiction and reality, and these photos provide a window into his world of endless possibility…..

Stano Murin grew up in Czechoslovakia during the Cold War. As a child, living under communism meant that the West held a certain fascination and the character of John Culver was created by Murin and his cousin, who would dress up and pretend to be Culver; their uncle from London.

After the wall fell, Murin left Czechoslovakia aged 18 and travelled widely, living in Canada, the USA, Cuba, Aruba, France and the Netherlands. Murin’s photographs have been published and exhibited internationally over the past 20 years, and he has just returned from New York where his most recent solo exhibition was held.