A Fine Beginning
is a collective showcasing contemporary photography made in Wales. Their exhibition, "Made in Wales," features 17 artists, including friend of aCurator and generally top man, Brian David Stevens
. Mark your calendars for March 14, 2014.
"A Fine Beginning, from which this collective takes its name, is the first chapter of Dylan Thomas' unfinished novel Adventures in the Skin Trade. The central character of the story leaves his parents home in South Wales for Paddington Station and when asked where he's going, Samuel Bennett replies, 'I don't know where I'm going, I haven't any idea in the world, that's why I came to London'."
We love interdisciplinary artist Riitta Ikonen
. Images from across here work were included in a feature in the aCurator magazine
a couple of years ago. I'm thrilled to see Riitta keeping her images fresh and out there. Share with your Norwegian friends!
Facility 183. From the series 'Prison Map.' Josh Begley
A couple of years ago, the amazing Pete Brook of Prison Photography
a cross-country trip "8,000 miles across America, interviewing photographers and prison experts who've documented and witnessed the era of mass incarceration." (I backed the project and as a recipient of the mixtape reward, can vouch for Pete's musical taste as well as his drive, as it were.)
Pete has now curated an exhibition which opens in Philadelphia this weekend. "Prison Obscura presents rarely seen vernacular, surveillance, evidentiary, and prisoner-made photographs, shedding light on the prison industrial complex. Why do tax-paying, prison-funding citizens rarely get the chance to see such images? And what roles do these pictures play for those within the system? With stark aesthetic detail and meticulous documentation, Prison Obscura builds the case that Americans must come face to face with these images and imaging technologies both to grasp the cancerous proliferation of the U.S. prison system and to connect with those it confines."
Presented by the John B. Hurford '60 Center for the Arts and Humanities
with support from the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.
The exhibition opens January 24th, 2014, with a talk by Pete Brook at 4.30 pm. I strongly recommend you go if you can.
Clinical contact holding cage, Administrative Segregation Unit (ASU), C-Yard, Building 12, Mule Creek State Prison, California. August 1, 2008. Brown v. Plata. Photographer Unknown
Untitled, Green Hill School, Chehalis, WA. Steve Davis Tameika Smith, 22 February, 2013. From the series Take A Picture; Tell A Story. Robert Gumpert
Proliferation, Paul Rucker
has been working in India for the past two years on a series of beautiful portraits of Tibetan refugees and nomads, large-scale prints from which are on show at Sous les Etoiles Gallery
in Soho, New York, through November 30th, 2013.
David says: "Much of my work for the past fifteen years focuses on issues of human survival, and adaptation in the aftermath of catastrophic events. The causes of these events are varied - from economic hardship in the southwest US, to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, to northern India where 100,000 Tibetans have fled Chinese occupation."
"I have lived and worked in India for many years, and this past year, along with my wife, founded the Himalayan Art Centre - a free school teaching photography and visual storytelling to underserved regions of the southern Himalayas. The Art Centre in north India will also serve as a meeting and workshop space for visual artists and writers from around the world."
Opening on Thursday at Proud Chelsea
in London is a wonderful-looking exhibition, 'Jacques Lowe: My Kennedy Years.' The exhibition is drawn from the Estate of Jacques Lowe's special collection of vintage and modern fine art prints, all printed and signed by Lowe prior to his death, and is curated by my dear friend, photographer and curator, Emma Blau
"To commemorate the 50th anniversary of JFK's death, Proud Chelsea is pleased to announce 'Jacques Lowe: My Kennedy Years,' a personal and intimate collection of photographs of the Kennedy family.
"When he was only 28, Jacques Lowe became JFK's presidential campaign photographer and later, personal photographer to the President. This gave Lowe unprecedented access to the personal and professional life of one of the most iconic leaders of the 20th Century. He took over 40,000 photographs of JFK at work and with his family, showing both the public and private man. These images established the Camelot myth in the popular imagination and shaped the public's perception of the whole Kennedy family. This exhibition of Jacques Lowe's photographs helps recount the story of these mythical years and a president who, in Lowe's own words, "empowered each one of us to believe we could make a difference".
See my previous post
about Jacques Lowe, and the effort to digitize his work using contact sheets after his negatives were lost in the collapse of the World Trade Center.
Julio Jean Pierre, a host on Télévision Nationale d'Haïti (TNH), being made up a few minutes before going on air. Behind him, a bust of Alexandre Pétion, president of the Haitian Republic from 1806 until his death in 1818, one of the fathers of the nation.
I am happy to publish a selection of images from World Press Photo award winner and INSTITUTE
artist, Paolo Woods. "With journalist Arnaud Robert, he tracked down Haitian society's
invisibles, its absurd flaws and hidden aspects. He investigated the
economic elites, NGOs, the profusion of FM radios, American evangelists.
Month after month, he came to realize that all the substitution powers
that had come to save Haiti were actually replacing Haitian authorities.
And yet, in a country whose leaders have failed ever since it was
founded, the population's desire for a State remains unaltered."
This colourful, insightful long-term project on the situation in Woods' adopted home of Haiti has been collected into a book to be published by Photosyntheses
this month. Woods will exhibit at Photoville 2013
in Brooklyn, NY (September 19-29), and for three months at the Musée Elysée
, Lausanne, opening September 20.
Can't make it? Enjoy this selection.
Radio Lumiere 90.9 FM. This is one of the oldest protestant radios. It has stations all over the country and is financed by the American and German Baptiste churches. Pastor Emile Alnève has just read from the Bible and is about to lead the listeners in prayer.
Radio Paradis 92.3FM. William is spinning from a building still under construction a few meters from the sea in the village of Tiburon, while his friends have come to check on him. The equipment for the radio has been paid by a 'Diaspora' - a Haitian living in the US. The radio is powered by solar panels and broadcasts ten hours a day.
The construction of 3,000 houses, 15 kilometers north of Port-au-Prince. The project, whose cost is evaluated at $44 million, is managed by the government and financed by the Venezuelan 'Petro Caribe' fund. Morne à Cabri.
Tent city on a soccer field that belongs to a church. After the earthquake, inhabitants of makeshift districts (Jalousie, seen in the background) sometimes pitched tents in the camps to benefit from NGO help. The most visible camps in public squares were dismantled. Pétion-Ville.
The American religious organization Global Compassion Network supplies houses built from grain silos, a gift of the Monsanto company. Torbek.
In Port-au-Prince's Notre Dame Cathedral, a man looks for iron to recycle from the ruins of the earthquake.
A game of dominos among police officers who are in charge of the security for the president. The losers of the game are designated as 'dogs' and forced to wear something that attracts the ridicule of passersby. Here, they are tied together with electric wire. Presidential Palace, Port-au-Prince.
The Croix-des-Bossales Market, where pèpès, second-hand clothing from the United States, is sorted, resized and sold wholesale. Port-au-Prince.
Mario Andrésol, though he left the Haitian National Police, still enjoys continuous protection supplied by the Ministry of the Interior. Belleville, Pétion-Ville.
Eric Jean-Baptiste, owner of Père Eternel, Haiti's second biggest lottery. Lottery, or Borlette as it is called in Haiti, is ubiquitous in the country and according to one estimate Haitians spend as much as $1.5 billion per year on the Borlette making it the biggest industry in the country. The son of one of Papa Doc's Tonton Macoutes, Jean-Baptiste has utter contempt for the mulatto elite that rules the core of the Haitian economy. Port au Prince.
Michel Joseph Martelly in front of the presidential palace destroyed by the January 12, 2010, earthquake. Port-au-Prince.
A borlette office. Haitians invest two billion dollars every year in these private lotteries - nearly a quarter of the GNP. They are often referred to as "banks" since the poor invest their money in them. Camp Perrin.
Special thanks to Anna-Maria Pfab, Cultural Manager, INSTITUTE
© Mary Scanlon
There seem to be more and more and more photo-related events going on, worldwide.
"The Photo Art Fair
is a four-day exhibition of carefully curated, collectable works from up to 50 international photographers. As a brand new show, the Photo Art Fair is designed to provide visitors with the unique opportunity to purchase collectable photographs direct from both undiscovered and emerging artists." It is taking place at London's Victoria House in Bloomsbury Square, from May 3-6, 2013, and will also feature panel discussions and all that stuff. There is a fee for becoming an "intelligent collector;" it's £7.50 in advance or a tenner at the door.
The gallery says "In Tabitha Soren's photographs, archetypal figures struggle to escape or arrive - the viewer cannot be sure. Uncertainty, chaos and vulnerability infuse Soren's universe. These are elemental fears made visible. Movement provides an opportunity for loss of control, un-self-consciousness. A theater of the absurd unfolds as she describes our shared instinct to survive. Her figures stumble, grimace and lose composure. They are both wounded and heroic."
Go see! The exhibition, erm, runs from April 13 - May 18, 2013.
It would be hard to be anything but moved by Joshua Lutz
' latest project, "Hesitating Beauty," in which Lutz tries to convey the far-reaching impact that his mother's extreme mental illness had during and after her lifetime.
"Blending family archives, interviews, and letters with his own photographic images, Lutz spins a seamless and strangely factual (yet unflinchingly fabricated) experience of a life and family consumed by mental illness. Rather than showing us what it looks like, "Hesitating Beauty" plays with our conceptions of reality to show us what it feels like to grapple with a family member's retreat from lucidity." ClampArt
'Hesitating Beauty' will be on exhibition at ClampArt
from April 11th to May 16th, 2013. The book from Schilt Publishing
is out now.