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The 32nd Bienal de São Paulo: Live Uncertainty launches in Brazil

Conceived of as a garden, Live Uncertainty occupies the Bienal Pavilion. Seventy percent of its projects commissioned for an art and photography festival that sees itself as “permeable and accessible, participating in the ongoing construction of Ibirapuera Park as a public space and expanding its sense of community.”


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African Portraiture at the Unseen 2016 Fair and Festival

For the latest edition of Unseen Photo Festival, the entire Spaarndammer neighbourhood of Amstrerdam is to give itself up to photography and interaction, by giving visitors the chance to have portrait taken by artists such as South African artist Zanele Muholi in Face to Face: African Portraiture. Unseen Photo Fair, which takes place at the Westergasfabriek terrain to the West of Amsterdam’s city centre, will also be orientated around Self Publish Be Happy publisher Bruno Ceschel and artist Lucas Blalock’s “focus on augmented reality in photography.” British artist Clare Strand will also give Unseen festival-goers the chance to win her work with a fun fair-hoopla. Here’s what to catch at this year’s Unseen: Face to Face: African Portraiture Studio portraiture is a long standing tradition within the history of photography on the African continent. This year, Unseen will create its own pop up studio outside at the Westergasfabriek, inviting established and young emerging artists from leading African countries to document the visitors of Unseen. The project will highlight this integral part of African’s cultural heritage. Artists across the continent …


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Photoworks announce theme for the Brighton Photo Biennial in October

The seventh installment of the Brighton Photo Biennial will take place throughout the month of October, hosting a series of talks, exhibitions and events, which hope to entertain and inspire both industry professionals as well as non-specialist audiences and lovers of photography. The festival will take over some of Brighton’s notable culture hubs, indoors and out; including the Fabrica building and the University of Brighton Grand Parade. This year’s theme, Beyond the Bias – Reshaping Image, seeks to debate the role that photography plays in the politics of identity, through the vehicle of fashion, style, gender and sexuality. Three core exhibitions will lie at the centre of the biennial. Ewen Spencer, who graduated from the University of Brighton in 1997, will take over Fabrica with a Photoworks commission, for which he plans to track London’s youth along the route of this summer’s notorious Notting Hill Carnival. In line with the festive spirit, the images mounted on large billboards will be shown alongside projection of Spencer’s archive and a contemporary music soundtrack. Olivia Arthur and Bharat …


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5 Photographers To Keep An Eye On At St. Andrews’ Photography Festival

While St. Andrews is known to be university of top-notch academics and a home to golf, it also holds an exquisite history of photography. In fact, Scotland has produced a large number of photographers, who’s work has transcended international borders. This autumn, the university is hosting their first annual, six-week long photography festival, which will celebrate the local heritage and its legacy in Scottish photography. Starting August 1st, 19 different exhibitions will display images across the history of photography; ranging from rare historic images, to contemporary snapshots. All work will be displayed in local and unusual venues. According to BJP, here are the five exhibitions you can’t miss: Alicia Bruce Paintings and sculptures, which can be found in Scottish collections, are reinterpreted through Alicia Bruce’s lens. The award-winning photographer’s ongoing and controversial project, Meine: TRUMPED, captures the destruction of the Menie-estate landscapes, following Trump International’s announcement of the Trump Resort. Bruce collaborated with locals living on the Aberdeenshire coast (where Menie is located), to create a series of landscape photography that documents the transitions of the area into …



Antiparos – the world’s smallest serious photography festival

Antiparos Photography Festival was the brainchild of three people: Mary Chatzaki, who runs the local ‘Anti’ art gallery; Yannis Bagourdas, an engineer and amateur photographer; and David Frazer Wray, a summer visitor. “We wanted to give something back to the island,” says Frazer Wray. “Given our mutual interests, a photography festival seemed the obvious choice.


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Whitstable Biennale 2016: Festival Director Sue Jones on arts festival that seeks to to discuss the refugee crisis

Sue Jones is brimming with enthusiasm about this year’s Biennale. ‘For me everything is a highlight!’ she offers, when asked the politically charged question of what artworks she is most excited about. “Our major new commissions are something that we’re really proud of – you can see them all the way through the festival […] We’re interested in the emerging artists making work that’s exciting, at the very cutting edge of what is happening at the moment.’’  Jones, who has led the bi-annual arts festival since 2006, heads up a curation team including Emma Leach – a writer and performance artist, and Gareth Evans, who is Adjunct Film Curator at Whitechapel Gallery. The theme for this year’s festival is the Faraway Nearby, a name taken from Rebecca Solnit’s book of the same name. Jones suggests this relates to ‘‘distance and closeness, and how we tell stories and find ways of creating places we belong’. The work that best represents this theme is perhaps Sarah Wood’s Boat People – a film essay that explores this question of …


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