All posts tagged: Festivals

Organ Vida: Engaged, Active, Aware – Women’s Perspectives Now

Last week, a group of Croatia’s leading cultural pioneers welcomed the 10th jubilee edition of Organ Vida photofestival. Co-curators, Marina Paulenka and Lea Vene were joined by Nataša Ivančević, Paola Orlić, Morana Matković, Nevena Tudor Perković and Veljko Mihalić to address visitors and guests at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb for the grand opening, getting the festival underway for the tenth consecutive year. The opening of the festival signalled the announcement of the second annual Marina Viculin prize to photographer Denis Butorac. Using personal experience as a driving force behind his work, he focuses on family, intimacy and the sense of ‘(not) belonging’. Following the opening week, the exhibitions are now open to the public, free of charge, during  the month of September. Hosted by a number of galleries throughout Zagreb as well as in the Croatia’s biggest and most modern museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the works on display explore creative interpretations of the contemporary female experience. Each show follows the main theme, borne out of a desire to combat modern …

2018-09-21T17:29:14+00:00

Unseen Amsterdam announces the full details of its 2018 programme

Now in its seventh edition, Unseen Amsterdam has confirmed itself as one of Europe’s most dynamic photography events. Featuring over 300 emerging and established artists, the release of the complete 2018 programme brings together the international photography community to discuss and debate the future of the medium. Running from 21-23 September in Westergasfabriek, Unseen Amsterdam will host over 85 photographic debuts. 50 galleries from 17 countries will be present, showcasing new work from emerging artists such as Mustafa Saeed from Somaliland, whose work explores war, environment and conflict; Keyezua from Angola, who revisits clichéd representations of African women, and France’s Elsa Leydier, who examines and reconstructs exotic environments. Inez & Vinoodh, Rafal Milach, and Isaac Julien will also premiere unseen work over the weekend. Also present at Unseen is CO-OP, a platform for international artist collectives to present their ideas and work in new and innovative ways. In its second year, collectives involved include the Migrant Image Research Group, exploring Mediterranean migration to Europe, 280-A from Vienna who challenge the concept of authorship, and Switzerland-based …

2018-09-20T11:33:13+00:00

Hilla Becher on making art and a life with Bernd

One of the dominant influences in contemporary European photography is wheeled into the restaurant at the NRW Forum, a grand art gallery a stone’s throw from the Rhine. It’s the height of the Düsseldorf Photo Weekend, and people of all ages are passing through the galleries on either side of us. Many of them won’t realise it, but most of the photography here is deeply indebted to this slight and unassuming woman, born in East Germany before the war, and now happily talking over pasta and wine in the café. She has now been without Bernd, her husband, for more than seven years, after he died from complications during heart surgery. That straight bob of blonde hair is greying. She is now 81, and sits slightly stooped in her wheelchair. You have to strain to hear what she says, yet she recounts her life with a remarkable wit and poise. Some people start to switch off at this age; Hilla Becher, it seems, could not be more connected to her surroundings. She met her husband in …

2018-01-09T09:32:08+00:00

BJP Instagram Takeover: Lisa Barnard gets the inside track at Lianzhou Foto Festival

Documentary photographer Lisa Barnard will be taking over the BJP Instagram (@bjp1854) over the next few days to report from the Chinese festival. The photographic artist and Senior Lecturer in Documentary Photography at the University of South Wales is exhibiting her project, Hyenas of the Battlefield, Machines in the Garden and will be sharing her experience at the festival. She’ll be posting images from in and around Guangzhou, her journey to Lianzhou and from the set up and events at the festival. As Barnard explains, her project is “a study into the ‘unholy alliance’ between the military, the entertainment industry and technology, and their coalescence around modern-day warfare.”     In recent years China has become an increasingly vital source of excellent contemporary photography, with photographers like Chen Xiaoyi, Jiehao Su and Chen Wei documenting how their country copes with global power shifting eastwards. As Wei told us in April, “I respond to what I see in China around me on a daily basis, both the good and the bad.” Lianzhou Foto Festival is a …

2015-11-20T12:05:00+00:00

The squatters, ravers and travellers who exported British festival culture to Europe

In 1992, thousands of New Age travellers, ravers and gypsies converged on Castlemorton Common in Worcestershire for a week-long free festival. Widely reported in the press, the event attracted an estimated 20,000 to 40,000 people and became impossible for the police to close down. Tom Hunter, then a student at the London College of Printing, was involved in the free party scene but somehow missed the event; he soon realised he’d let a seminal moment pass him by and vowed not to do so again.     Castlemorton led directly to the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, however, which outlawed outdoor parties that included “sounds wholly or predominantly characterised by the emission of a succession of repetitive beats” in the UK. So, three years later, Hunter and a squad of fellow squatters were on their way to Europe in a decommissioned double-decker bus, complete with sound system and provisions. Over the ensuing months, the group travelled to folk festivals in France, hippie gatherings in Austria and beach parties in Spain, with the bus – Le Crowbar – doubling …

2015-11-03T12:47:05+00:00

Delhi’s Just Another Photo Festival wants to prove that it’s different from the rest

While Martin Parr describes photography as “the most accessible, democratic medium available in the world”, the industry that has built up around it has not always followed suit. Often confining itself to intimidating, inaccessible museums, galleries and organisations, photography as an art form doesn’t always interact with the public at large. A new Indian festival, Just Another Photo Festival wants to remedy this, aiming to “democratise photography across the country.” The initiative of photographer Poulomi Basu, Emaho Magazine founder Manik Katyal and British independent filmmaker CJ Clarke, the New Delhi festival will be showcasing 150 photographers from over 35 countries. Work from the likes of Roger Ballen, Philip Toledano and Sim Chi Yin will be displayed in 11 different locations. This guiding idea of expanding the base of photography lovers is being put into action by bringing photography to open, public spaces including malls, universities and even slums. “We’re showing it at a school in a slum,” Katyal says. “They’ve told me they would never imagined that they would get to enjoy photography in this space. We’re …

2015-09-25T17:44:10+00:00

Photography by the sea

A trip to the seaside is fun at the best of times, but it’s even more enjoyable when there is a photography festival taking place at the same time. Currently on show in venues across Brighton and Hove is the region’s sixth Brighton Photo Biennial (BPB14), a month-long celebration of photography. Produced by arts organisation Photoworks, the Biennial features a core programme of more than twenty photography exhibitions on the theme of ‘communities, collectives and collaboration’, plus an extensive supporting programme of events (talks, screenings and workshops). Among the standout exhibitions is the excellent Amore e Piombo, curated by Federica Chiocchetti and Roger Hargreaves of Archive of Modern Conflict. Featuring archival press photographs from the Rome-based agency Team Editorial Services, television news footage, and Italian photobooks of the period from the Martin Parr collection, the exhibition delves deep into the political turbulence, terrorism, conspiracy, kidnap and murder that took place in 1970s Italy. Artfully and intelligently curated to compliment the grand interior of the historic Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, (television screens and photographs are nestled into bookshelves, and presented on raised platforms in the space), Amore e Piombo looks afresh at a tangled and murky chapter …

2014-11-26T22:00:44+00:00

A small festival with big ambitions

It may be a small island in the Channel, but Guernsey has once again shown its enduring dedication to photography. Now in its fourth year, Guernsey Photography Festival, which is run by a small team of photography professionals, has proved that geographical location is no bar to attracting some of the world’s top photography talent. The festival, which runs until 18 October, is headed up by Jean-Christophe Godet, who has been at the helm since its inception in 2010. The 2014 edition of the festival, which takes ‘Faith, Family, and Community’ as its theme, features work by more than 20 international photographers, who include Abbas, Elinor Carucci, David Moore, Iñaki Domingo, Jason Larkin, and Liz Hingley. [bjp_ad_slot] Work from many of the featured photographers is displayed on specially-designed panels that are positioned in various locations across the island’s centre (in the Market Square and Terrace, and at Liberation Monument, among other places), a deliberate move to bring photography directly into the public realm, say the organisers. Other work is installed in more conventional gallery spaces, such as The Greenhouse Gallery (Domingo), and …

2014-10-12T11:32:53+00:00

Channel Four

The fourth edition of Guernsey Photography Festival kicks off this weekend with a packed programme of talks, tours, workshops, portfolio reviews, film screenings and exhibitions that continue across the next month. Taking ‘Faith, Family, and Community’ as its theme, the festival features a range of talks scheduled for today and tomorrow (Friday 19 and Saturday 20 September). [bjp_ad_slot] On the Friday, photography archivist Gareth Syvret will be discussing the role of the archive in contemporary photography, while Michelle Sank, David Moore, Greg Hobson and Jason Wilde will discuss recent personal projects. Other speakers taking part in talks across the opening weekend include: Arno Brignon, Michele Palazzi, Dana de Luca, among others. BJP’s senior reporter Gemma Padley will be in Guernsey for the opening weekend, and will be taking part in a talk with photographers Massimiliano Gatti, Alfonso Amendros, Inaki Domingo, and Andrei Nacu on Saturday 20 September. Now a bi-annual festival, the 2014 edition features exhibitions by photographers including: Broomberg and Chanarin, Abbas, Jason Larkin, Michelle Sank, Elinor Carucci, Nick Ballon, Mateusz Sarello, and David Moore among many others. For a full programme visit the Guernsey …

2014-10-12T11:35:03+00:00

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