Garden State Book Launch Events

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Garden State Book Launch Events

In this new monograph, artist Corinne Silva considers how gardening, like mapping, is a way of allocating territory. Between 2010 and 2013, Silva made a series of visits to Israeli occupied territories. She travelled across twenty-two Israeli settlements making photographs of public and private gardens. Silva presents this visually rich photographic journey and examines how the gardens in these occupied lands are both material and symbolic evidence of a continuing colonisation.

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Garden State Book Launch Events

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The Photographer’s Gallery, London / 9 June 2016 / 6pm

Book signing followed by in conversation with Ffotogallery director David Drake

Photobook Bristol / 12 June 2016 / 11.45am

Book signing

The Mosaic Rooms, London / 18 June / 2pm

Book launch and in conversation with Middle Eastern plant expert Sabina Knees

In this new monograph, artist Corinne Silva considers how gardening, like mapping, is a way of allocating territory. Between 2010 and 2013, Silva made a series of visits to Israeli occupied territories. She travelled across twenty-two Israeli settlements making photographs of public and private gardens. Silva presents this visually rich photographic journey and examines how the gardens in these occupied lands are both material and symbolic evidence of a continuing colonisation.

The publication also features a taxonomical table of colonising plants by Sabina Knees (Middle Eastern plant botanist at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh), an essay by Professor Val Williams (curator and Director of the Photography and the Archive Research Centre), and the artist in conversation with Professor Eyal Weizman (architect and Director of Forensic Architecture) reflecting on the work and the political relationship between gardens and colonisation that has existed from the eighteenth century to the present day.

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.

Clear of People Available for Pre-order

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Clear of People Now Available for Pre-Order

Following his exhibition with Ffotogallery in 2014, Michal Iwanowski’s photobook Clear of People (published by Brave Books) is now available for pre-order. The work retraces a journey, originally made in 1945 by the artist’s grandfather and uncle, in a daring escape from a prisoner-of-war camp in Russia in 1945.

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Hidden Presence at Chepstow Museum

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Hidden Presence at Chepstow Museum

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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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Coming Soon

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