ARTS / Anonymous at the Barbican

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The Independent Culture
Among the people wandering anonymously through the Barbican's exhibition Who's Looking at the Family could be Janet and Graham Sewart (above). If anybody does recognise them, it might be from the photographs taken in 1972 by Martin Parr and published in the Sunday Review of 13 February this year, when we asked readers to match up nine men and nine women into correct couples. The pictures came from a 'Love Cubes' project Parr did at college: paste up the pictures on board and shuffle them until you have matching pairs. Parr is now among 40 photographers whose work is in the Barbican show, and visitors can play the game there, too. We asked couples who were still together to write in. The Sewarts were the only ones who did. Graham 'vaguely' remembers the picture being taken; Janet doesn't. They married in 1973 and have three boys: Michael, 17; Tim, 15; and Richard, nine. Graham is now regional secretary of the Open University, and Janet is administrator in staff development for Stockport social services. Just the kind of nuclear family the exhibition sets out to explore. Level 8, Barbican Centre, London EC2, 071-638 4141, Thurs to 4 Sept.

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