Have We Started Yet?

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Have We Started Yet?

USW BA (Hons) Photographic Art Graduate Show 2016

11 – 16 June 2016

The University of South Wales’ BA (Hons) Photographic Art course presents their 2016 graduate show Have We Started Yet? The exhibition and publication focuses on exploring the collaborative nature and close relationship of the graduating students, while openly questioning the problematic uncertainty of the art world and their individual positions within it. The show will take place at Turner House, Penarth, in association with Ffotogallery.

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Hidden Presence at Chepstow Museum

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Hidden Presence at Chepstow Museum

28 May –

Hidden Presence returns for its second instalment at Chepstow Museum, featuring photographer Julian Germain, who photographed in St Kitts and Chepstow, looking at how changing labour patterns continue to necessitate global movement of people and affect everyday life here in Wales.

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Hidden Presence

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28 May 2016 –

Chepstow Museum

In partnership with Chepstow Museum and the University of the West of England, Ffotogallery commissioned Julian Germain to create a new body of work to be premiered at Diffusion Festival 2015: Looking For America.

Nathaniel Wells was the illegitimate mixed-race son of Charles Wells, a Cardiff slave owner, who through an extraordinary series of events progressed from the sugar plantations of St Kitts in the West Indies to a position of high social standing and wealth in 19th Century Britain. Taking Nathaniel’s story as inspiration, and the complex moral issues that surround it, Julian Germain photographed in St Kitts and Chepstow, looking at how changing labour patterns continue to necessitate global movement of people and affect everyday life here in Wales.

Schools and local community groups explored the social history of Wales’ international trade links, and what it means to be Welsh – particularly for people who for social, racial or economic reasons feel outside of mainstream society. Through exploration of the importance of Nathaniel’s life in the context of contemporary society, Hidden Presence hopes to raise awareness of the rich cultural  history of the area and to generate discussion around ethnicity, slavery and its legacy.

Have We Started Yet?

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Image from ‘After Skin and Bone’ by Macarena Costan

USW BA (Hons) Photographic Art Graduate Show 2016

11 – 16 June 2016 / Turner House, Penarth

The University of South Wales’ BA (Hons) Photographic Art course presents their 2016 graduate show Have We Started Yet? The exhibition and publication focuses on exploring the collaborative nature and close relationship of the graduating students, while openly questioning the problematic uncertainty of the art world and their individual positions within it. The show will take place at Turner House, Penarth, in association with Ffotogallery.

The accompanying publication, featuring a foreword by Louise Hobson, will be launched at the official opening.

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Related Events

Exhibition opening / Friday 10 June 2016 / 6 – 9 pm / Free

Bi Nam

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Raoofe Roostami, 2010, Tehran, Iran

Image and Identity in Iran

Raz Golestani, Hadise Hosaini, Mehregan Kazemi, Amak Mahmoodian, Sharare Mossavi, Raoofe Roostami, Mohsen Shahmardi, Arya Tabandepoor,  Mohsen Yazdipoor

8 – 29 April 2016 at Bristol SU, Richmond Building.

Bi Nam will be the first show in the UK representing the work of a group of contemporary Iranian photographers. The photographic and video content of the exhibition explores the cultural and social life of modern Iran, with an emphasis on religion, gender and identity. Using a structure that evokes the classic Middle Eastern collection of stories One Thousand and One NightsBi Nam explores the subtleties of everyday life in contemporary Iran and specific codes of conduct that influence a person’s mood, behaviour, relationships and sense of self. There is an undertow of sadness and longing, but also one of beauty, love and devotion. Amak Mahmoodian, one of the participating artists and the exhibition curator, describes the exhibition as ‘quiet thoughts from modest photographers for whom the essence of culture is in the display of their works’.

Bi Nam is developed in partnership with the University of Wales, Newport and the European Centre for Photographic Research.

 

Arturas Valiauga | IN TRUST – Reframing Wales’ Stories

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From IN TRUST – Reframing Wales’ Stories, 2014 © Arturas Valiauga

16 April – 29 May

In July 2014, Lithuanian photographer Arturas Valiauga visited four National Trust properties in Wales as part of his European Prospects residency with Ffotogallery. At Dyffryn Gardens, Tredegar House, Plas Newydd and Penrhyn Castle he encountered the private and public faces of these historic places and the men and women who make up the community of people who look after them today. Thanks to the generous access granted by the National Trust Wales and the help given by its staff and volunteers, Valiauga was able to explore the four houses in all their aspects – behind the scenes and after closing time. His images encapsulate a moment in time in the lives of these places, which have since outlived those that built them. His quiet, poetic photographs celebrate the commitment of the people who ‘serve’ these houses and offer us a privileged insight.

Arturas Valiauga (b. 1967) lives and works in Vilnius, Lithuania. His work deals with themes of social identity and the passing of time. Valiauga graduated from Vilnius College of Technologies and Design and went on to gain a Masters degree in Photography and Media Art at Vilnius Art Academy. Since 1992 he has been a member of the Union of Lithuanian Art Photographers and in 2003 he established Fotoprojektai, the first studio of advertising photography in Lithuania. The artist is represented by Eglė Deltuvaitė at the Lithuanian organisation Culture Menu.

We would like to thank the National Trust Wales for their generous support of this project, and the Lithuanian Cultural Institute and the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania, London.

Related Events

Exhibition Opening & Artist Talk / Friday 15 April 2016 / from 6pm / Free

Tea & Cake Tuesday / Tuesday 19 April 2016 / 11am – 4pm / Free – Drop in

Bi Nam – An evening with Lina Hashim and Amak Mahmoodian

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Ffotogallery is very excited to present a talk in collaboration with IC-Visual Lab and the University of Bristol as part of the Bi Nam show at Bristol SU – an evening with Lina Hashim and Amak Mahmoodian.

28 April 2016 7pm

Entry Fee £4 / £2 for ICVL members (pay on the door)

Taking place at Bristol SU, Richmond Building, 105 Queen’s Road, Bristol, BS8 1LN

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Photography & Materiality Part 3: Word and Image

13 May 2016, 10am – 12pm at The Atrium, CA A123

Open to all – students, staff and visitors – this short series forms part of a research project exploring the use of digital environments such as Twitter, Instagram and blogs in teaching and learning. There are a number of collaborators, but the theme is Photography and Materiality. In session 3, Word and Image, Celia will be in conversation with the photographer Heather Birnie.

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Image: Heather Birnie

Diffusion 2015 – Looking For America

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Diffusion 2015 — Looking for America was the second biennial Cardiff International Festival of Photography. Between 1-31 October 2015, some 30 exhibitions were presented across 20 venues in Cardiff, with a Diffusion extension programme till 22 November featuring presentations by five artists at Wales Millennium Centre and A&B Oriel in Cardiff Bay.

Diffusion 2015 attracted 80,698 exhibition visitors, and 1564 participants in workshops, events and projects.

The festival featured work by prominent international artists such as Todd Hido, Will Steacy, Jeff Brouws, Dave Jordano, Jona Frank, Stacy Kranitz, Serge Clement, George Barber, Arthur Tress, David Magnusson, Julian Germain and Martin Parr, and work by established and emergent Wales-based artists such as David Hurn, Tony Othen, Roger Tiley, Jack Latham, Clementine Schneidermann, Bandia Ribeira, Janire Najera, Matt Wright, Pete Evans and Faye Chamberlain.

There was an extensive accompanying learning and public engagement programme that included an international symposium, portfolio review event, bilingual Welsh-English publications and learning resources, artist-led workshops, talks and events, guided tours for school and college groups and various family orientated participatory events. At the invitation of Ffotogallery, The Caravan Gallery undertook a hugely successful month-long residency during the festival as part of their national Pride of Place tour, based at The Abacus but travelling in their mobile gallery to various locations in and around the city to directly work with local communities.

The festival also provided a platform for the Tu Fewn commission of disabled artist Zoe Partington, engaging disabled artists and participants in the festival, and exciting public realm projects such as the Ffotomatic vending machines sited around the city.

Browse the festival documentation at re:Diffusion and watch the Diffusion 2015 final movie here

 

Hidden Presence

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In partnership with Chepstow Museum and the University of the West of England, Ffotogallery and the artist Eva Sajovic have been working with participants in schools and community groups in Monmouthshire, Cardiff and Neath to produce an exhibition and interactive online platform inspired by the life of Nathaniel Wells.

Nathaniel Wells was the son of a slave owner and enslaved woman, who through an extraordinary series of events progressed from the sugar plantations of the West Indies to a position of high social standing and wealth in 19th Century Britain. Taking his life as inspiration, and the complex moral issues that surrounded it, the project creatively challenges the notion that forced labour and the global exploitation of people is confined to our history, rather than something that continues to effect everyday life here in Wales.

The schools and groups explored the social history of Wales’ international trade links, and what it means to be Welsh – particularly for people who for social, racial or economic reasons feel outside of mainstream society. Through exploration of the importance of Nathaniel’s life in the context of contemporary society, the work presented here hopes to raise awareness of the rich cultural history of the area and to generate discussion around ethnicity, contemporary forms of slavery and its legacy.

The project also encouraged young adults to explore their own experiences and ideas surrounding exploitation, including sexual exploitation, through writing and image making. It fostered thought around the use of photography and film in social media, in terms of ownership and vulnerability.

The project has been followed by the Hidden Presence blog, which documented the process and displayed snippets of the work on an ongoing basis. The resulting work can be viewed on the Hidden Presence website.
The Hidden Presence exhibition is on show at Chepstow Museum from 6 February to mid-April 2016