Current Exhibition Corinne Silva – Garden State

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Current Exhibition – Corinne Silva Garden State

7 March – 2 May 2015

In Garden State, artist Corinne Silva uses photographic and sound installations to examine how gardens and planting are fertile terrain for ideological struggle and the colonisation of territory.

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Corinne Silva – Garden State Events

Untitled 006, from Gardening the Suburbs, 2014 © Corinne Silva

Untitled 006, from Gardening the Suburbs, 2014 © Corinne Silva

In Garden State, artist Corinne Silva uses photographic and sound installations to examine how gardens and planting are fertile terrain for ideological struggle and the colonisation of territory.

Tea & Cake Tuesday / Tues 10 March / 11.00am – 4.00pm / Free – drop in
Artist Talk / Fri 6 March / 6.00 – 7.00pm / Free
Exhibition Reception / Fri 6 March / 7.00 – 8.30pm / Free

2014 | Tom Wood Family Archive

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As part of the Tom Wood Landscapes exhibition, the education team invited members of the public to share their own photographic family archive. The photographs people brought in were scanned and printed, and became part of a wider discussion around the rules and social coding of the family album. In addition there were three workshops held around creating online photobooks, working with artists Faye Chamberlin and Jo Sutton.

2014 | Bedazzled – A Welshman in New York

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An online project accompanying Ffotogallery’s show Bedazzled – A Welshman in New York especially commissioned by Dylan Thomas 100 Festival and Cardiff Contemporary. Bedazzled celebrates the special relationship Dylan Thomas had with the United States, New York in particular, and the enduring influence of his life and work on both sides of the Atlantic. In a series of life performances in New Quay and Cardiff during Autumn 2014, audience members were transported back to 1950s world of bohemian New York. The web project simultaneously re-imagines Dylan Thomas’s favourite bar The White Horse Tavern, providing a glimpse into the poet’s life in New York, and explores the many sides to his character. The website experience hosts specially commissioned video interviews with Dylan Thomas’ New York contemporaries as well as a comprehensive archive of Dylan Thomas audio recordings. As part of the project we invited Welsh schools to take part in a crowdsourced art project “The People’s Dylan Thomas”. Pupils’ artworks were transformed into a digital portrait to celebrate Dylan Thomas’s 100th birthday.

http://bedazzledinnewyork.org/

 

Jon Tonks – Empire

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from Empire, 2007-13 © Jon Tonks

6 June – 18 July

Empire is a fascinating journey across the South Atlantic exploring life on four remote islands – the British Overseas Territories of Ascension Island, Tristan da Cunha, the Falkland Islands and St. Helena. These distant places are relics of the once formidable British Empire, all intertwined through their shared history.

Photographer Jon Tonks spent up to a month at a time in each territory, travelling 60,000 miles around the Atlantic via military outposts, low-lit airstrips and a long voyage aboard the last working Royal Mail Ship. Some 400 rolls of film, 24 flights and 32 days at sea later, the resulting work creates an insight that resonates with a sense of Britishness which is remarkably recognisable yet inescapably strange.

West Midlands born, Jon has photographed the people, the landscapes and the traces of the past embedded within each territory and through short texts, which combine history and anecdote, he tells the story of these remote and remarkable islands. His motivation is neither political nor nostalgic, the images arising primarily from his curiosity about the lives of these distant lands that remain very firmly British.

Empire is co-produced by mac birmingham, the Library of Birmingham, Ffotogallery, Cardiff, Grain Photography Hub and Impressions Gallery, Bradford.

Related Events

Tea & Cake Tuesday / Tues 9 June / 11.00am – 4.00pm / Free – drop in
Artist talk / Fri 5 June / 6.00 – 7.00pm / Free
Exhibition opening / Fri 5 June / 7.00 – 8.30pm

Countdown to Cymru yn Fenis/Wales in Venice begins

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Countdown to Cymru yn Fenis/Wales in Venice begins

Artist Helen Sear has been selected by the Arts Council of Wales to represent Cymru yn Fenis/Wales in Venice at the 56th International Art Exhibition, running from 9 May to 22 November 2015. Curated by Ffotogallery, her exhibition ‘…the rest is smoke will feature a suite of five new works, which are both rooted in the local and familiar landscapes of Wales, and respond to the wider context of the Venice Biennale.

Find out more…..

Corinne Silva – Garden State

Untitled 006, from Gardening the Suburbs, 2014 © Corinne Silva

7 March – 2 May 2015

In Garden State, artist Corinne Silva uses photographic and sound installations to examine how gardens and planting are fertile terrain for ideological struggle and the colonisation of territory.

From 2010 to 2013, Silva worked on two projects between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River. Wounded and Gardening the Suburbs examine how the Israeli state uses tactical landscaping to exert control over the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Taking the viewer through national parks and suburban gardens, Silva’s artwork reflects on how gardening can be used to mark out and progressively expand territory, as well as to encourage the Israeli population to spread and settle, to make roots and grass over divergent historical narratives.

The artist’s unique photographic language translates and re-maps the Israeli-Palestinian landscape. Positioned between the material and the imaginative, the work encourages the viewer to construct their own reading of the landscape.

The exhibition will tour to The Mosaic Rooms, London, 14 May – 23 June 2015.

Garden State is co-produced by Ffotogallery, Cardiff, The Mosaic Rooms, London, and UAL Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC), London College of Communication, and supported by the Arts Council of Wales, A.M. Qattan Foundation and University of the Arts London.

Related Events

Tea & Cake Tuesday / Tues 10 March / 11.00am – 4.00pm / Free – drop in
Artist Talk / Fri 6 March / 6.00 – 7.00pm / Free
Exhibition Reception / Fri 6 March / 7.00 – 8.30pm / Free

Peter Bobby – High-rise

The turn of the new millennium brought renewed interest and confidence in constructing high-rise developments in a large majority of the world’s major cities, despite notable global events that threatened to undermine their progress. In High-rise, Peter Bobby examines the socio-political, architectural and visual discourse surrounding these constructions and the recording of them, using a combination of both interior and exterior still and moving imagery.

Positioned at the discursive crossroads between art, architecture, photography and subjects relating to the urban built environment, this publication brings together the Zenith and High-rise images, the video pieces Curtain, Divide, Blind and Untitled (Audio Guide), as well as a number of installation images from four solo shows of the work in the UK. These differing exhibition contexts are further explored through three accompanying essays by Prof Kim Dovey, Dr Robin Wilson and Dr Liam Devlin, all of whom address the work in relation to their own specific disciplines and interests. Foreword by David Drake, Director Ffotogallery.

A Ffotogallery project in partnership with the Architecture Centre, Bristol and the Royal National Theatre, London. Supported by Arts Council England, eCPR (The European Centre for Photographic Research) and the University of South Wales.

High Rise is available to purchase now from Cornerhouse.

Review by Jesse Alexander for Photomonitor.

Size: 280 x 230 mm

Illustration: 57 colour

Binding: Softback, Section Sewn, 112 pages

Text: English

Publication date: January 2015

ISBN: 978-1-872771-97-7

Price: £20

Distributor: Cornerhouse Publications

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‘Last Chance Lock-in': Artes Mundi 6

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Friday 20th February 2015
Free Admission / Donation Bar
5 – 8:30pm / Turner House

Our final late night opening with refreshments for those who keep missing our usual opening hours (and those who just want to spend some quality time with Ragnar and his friends).

Singing permitted.

 

Artes Mundi 6 Events

Thursday Lunchtime Performances
Performers from across Wales create unique responses to Artes Mundi 6, taking inspiration from the shortlisted artists’ exhibited works, materials, themes or countries.

1:05 – 1:30pm / FREE / Turner House

No booking necessary, for more information please contact Clare Charles clare@ffotogallery.org

Thursday 13 November
Performance Poet Mab Jones performs new works.

Thursday 11 December
Wales’ Critics of the Third Age alongside Response Time present their take on Artes Mundi 6 exhibition.

Thursday 15 January 2015
Live music in association with Swn Festival.

Thursday 12 February
SN perform the world premiere of specially commissioned music.