Sunday, 13 May 2018

Peckham 24 Talks Programme Now Released

We are delighted to release the full Talks Programme for Peckham 24 2018, with a special focus from the talks programme of Generosity & Hospitality. Tickets are now available here - All tickets include a ticket to the Shared Lunch!

Full Peckham 24 Talks Programme - Saturday 19 May
All events are hosted in the Talks Room, Ground Floor Bussey Building unless otherwise stated.

12:30 - 14:00 - Shared Lunch: Bread, Cheese & Wine – all ticket holders are invited to join us for a shared lunch, where Bread, Cheese and Wine are provided. Attendees are requested to consider bringing one item to share.

13:00 - 14:00 - Show Talks: Taisuke Koyama in conversation with Duncan Wooldridge in his exhibition ‘Sensor Code’ (Takes place at Seen Fifteen Gallery, 1st Floor Bussey Building)

14:00 - 15:00 - Hospitality and Generosity in Contemporary Art and Photography – With Penelope Umbrico (Artist, New York), Robin Tarbet (Swap Editions & Creekside Studios), Yuxin Jiang and Rakesh Mohindra (Pic London), Dusan Smodej (Fotopub Festival, Slovenia - TBC), in conversation with Duncan Wooldridge, and Melinda Gibson.

15:00 - 16:00 - Artists in Conversation: New Ways Of Working with Bruno V. Roels, Dafna Talmor, Jonny Briggs, Hannah Hughes and Yamini Nayar in conversation with Melinda Gibson.

16:00 - 17:00 - The Reading Room: Group Reading Seminar: Reading ‘Photography and Extinction’ from Joanna Zylinska’s ‘Nonhuman Photography’ (MIT Press). Led by Duncan Wooldridge.

17:00 - 18:00 -  Peckham Photographies: Debates - Chaired by Joy Gregory, with Marcia Michael and Oliver Griffin. Additional contributors TBC.

18:00 - 19:00 - Lecture: Inadvertent Images: A History of Photographic Apparitions - by Prof. Peter Geimer (Freie Universitat Berlin). Includes a launch of the book ‘Inadvertent Images: A History of Photographic Apparitions’ (University of Chicago Press). With responses by artist Bernd Behr.

19:00 - 20:00 - Artists in Conversation: Technology, Politics, and How We Live -  Led by Jean Wainwright and Duncan Wooldridge with Thomas Kuijpers, Lisa Barnard, Felicity Hammond, Steffi Klenz and Ben McDonnell.

19:30 – 20:15 Invited Dinner Guests Arrive – Aperitif

20:30 – 22:30 Invited Dinner - Scott and Joe – 2-Course Menu: Dinner & Dessert

For more information on the talks, a press release or imagery please contact peckham24talks@gmail.com


Saturday, 12 May 2018

Peckham 24 Talks Programme - Saturday 19 May - 3rd Edition's Key Focus: Generosity & Hospitality

 

As part of the third edition of the Peckham 24 contemporary photography festival, artist Melinda Gibson, writer Duncan Wooldridge (both Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London) and artist Steffi Klenz, have curated a programme of talks and discussions which address debates in contemporary photography.
In contrast to traditional talks events, the programme has been composed not of generic or monolithic talks, but discursive events based around hospitality, dialogue and debate. Intended for both contemporary producers and young artists and photographers, a key theme of the programme is its focus upon generosity and support: acknowledging and emphasising the necessity of forms of exchange and community which resist the tendency towards an atomised and individualistic culture. Attendees of all talks events are invited to join a shared lunch where speakers, attendees and organisers can talk together; artists will take part in discussions in an intimate environment.
The programme touches across a wide range of areas of contemporary practices, exploring new ways of working, contemporary politics and economics, contemporary and historic qualities and properties of the image, the application of post-human ideas to photography, and Peckham itself as a centre of contemporary production and dissemination. Highlights include artist Penelope Umbrico debating the importance of generosity, teaching, and forms of community; artist Taisuke Koyama in conversation in his solo exhibition ‘Sensor Code’ at Seen Fifteen; Thomas Kuijpers, Lisa Barnard and Felicity Hammond debating the subject of contemporary politics as a subject for photography; and Bruno Roels, Dafna Talmor and Melinda Gibson discussing new ways of working in photography. Tickets are priced at £2 and are available through TicketSource. https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/peckham-24-talks/
To conclude, a special dinner has been arranged which does not bring together all of the events speakers, but brings a selection of emerging artists, into contact with curators, publishers and supporters of the arts who are notable for their generosity and support of emerging practice. Photography courses across the country have been invited to nominate a recent graduate – who has not yet received the acknowledgement their work merits – to join the dinner. Food is prepared by Leo and Scott, an emerging South London caterers (www.leoandscott.com), who have prepared a special menu that encourages exchange and interaction.
For information about the programme, please see the attached schedule below, with timings and a full list of speakers. For additional enquiries and press, please contact peckham24talks@gmail.com
Peckham 24 opens on Friday 18th May at 6pm, and exhibitions run until Sunday 20th May.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Happy International Women's Day 2018


A very Happy International Women's Day to all the beautiful and amazing women in my life. Today I want to raise my hand, high and strong and share these words with you.

To be a woman is the greatest gift, a vessel that can sail you through. A body that is powerful and strong, a mind creative, academic, emotional and true.

A vision that has no boundaries, but strives for balance, hope and change. A history that shares the pain, but reminds us of what we have achieved.

Today I feel a wealth of warmth, knowing that I share my life with so many of you. I am honoured and humbled that our paths have crossed, and we share in many of the same views.

Let this day forth bring us closer to our goals, a day when gender is not a display. But when respect, equal pay and balance, is taught from birth in the right way.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Magnificent & Marvellous Mexico - I Miss You

So I find myself back from Mexico City just over a week and I am already missing the warmth, generosity, excitement and forever inspiring moments that came from magnificent and marvellous city! 

Mexico has always been a country that I've dreamed of visiting and I can honestly say that I was beyond excited, but also very much deeply moved by all that I experienced in the nine days I was there. There are moments in your life when you feel truly humbled and honoured that your artistic practice can take you to places far and wide, and this city, the people, the inspiration I witnessed has left me feeling moved in a way I wasn't quite expecting. 

To hear the stories from the participants of the workshop, Brad and I delivered were both emotive and strong, but also very divisive. To listen to the things people see everyday and are trying to fight against, was incredible to hear, but also to see how their creative, cathartic approaches through each of their practices helped to release powerful visual images, that all brought together resulted in a beautiful subverted 'Red Magazine'

From Roma to the Pyramids, every moment, corner explored was a delight and I must extend my huge thanks to all that people that managed to make this happen. Enormous thanks to all at ROSEGALLERY who patiently prepared and organised the shipment of the works from Santa Monica to Mexico City, to all at Centro de la Imagen who installed, worked on and opened their arms to my arrival, to new friends and colleagues like Natasha and Mariela who are just extraordinary women - deeply moved and honoured to have worked with you all. And Mexico, I shall be back very, very soon indeed! 

Friday, 19 January 2018

Rojo, Muerto O Real : Taller De Apropiación, Reciclaje Y Reinvención De (Foto) Libros - 6 & 7 February At Centro De La Imagen - Mexico City

RED, DEAD OR REAL is a workshop of appropriation, recycling and reinvention of (photo)books lead by myself and Brad which takes place on the 6 & 7 February at the Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City!!! We are beyond excited to have developed and lead this workshop in a city which we have both dreamed of visiting and we would like to extend our greatest thanks to all the wonderful supporters, staff and curators who have made this possible - huge thanks to the Centro de la Imagen, Natasha, Mariela and our dear friend David Solo.

The workshop seeks to review, challenge and create new versions of photo-publications of a political nature in a theoretical, creative and participatory space to debate. Participants will work on the idea of the red note publications not only as a book, but as a means to challenge, in broader terms the methodology of violence coverage in journalism in Mexico. Thus, they will develop anti-content that deconstructs seminal publications of photography and sensationalist magazines seeking to generate subversive reinterpretations.

Red, Dead or Real will be taught by myself and Brad Feuerhelm, who participate in Reversiones, an exhibition that is currently exhibited at the Centro de la Imagen as part of the E.Folio.001 (Encounter on the contemporary photobook). 

Aimed at artists, photographers, photography students, editors, illustrators, bookbinders and amateurs. All you need to do is submit a brief registration form setting out your ideas and reasons behind wishing to attend along with a portfolio of your work (no more than 15 images in a single PDF format) to the Centro de la Imagen by email by Thursday February 1 at 2:59 pm (Mexico City Time).

For more information please link here - 

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Happy New Year - 2018, A Year For Adventures

As we enter into 2018, I don on my black and white top hat, lay with the silver streamers and listen to vintage jazz thinking about all the exciting and wonderful opportunities that will come from this exciting and adventureous New Year! I was truly delighted to see in the new days in style, at a delightful Copenhagen dinner party with new friends.

I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a truly beautiful, inspiring and loving new year that is filled with the most magical days. May each day be filled with love, light and much laughter and all that each of you could wish for. This year IS set to be one of the best yet!

First stop for me will be; next month in the wonderful Mexico City and I just cannot wait, more to come on this soon...

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

A Very Merry And Magical Christmas To You All - A Very Happy & Exciting New Year Awaits!

So this time comes again, when we put down our tools and get ready to rest up with some much needed relaxation and of course celebration! But before all the festivities start, I get great joy from making and sending out my Limited Edition Christmas Cards and this year I pay homage to the greats that are the Dadaists, with a edition of 50 cards.

I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a magical Christmas. I hope that it is filled with much  joy and happiness. It has been an absolute pleasure working with so many extraordinary people this year and I thoroughly look forward to what 2018 brings. Let's raise a glass to 2017 and await the excitement of 2018 - which I know is going to be an amazing year already!

Monday, 18 December 2017

New Commission Revealed In The New Publication "American ABCD" Tonight at La Fabrica In Madrid

 

I am absolutely delighted to reveal that my new body of work Verbatim, inspired and commissioned by the wonderful Patricio from Paripe Books is launched tonight, part of the new set of publications entitled America ABCD, at La Fabrica in Madrid.

Earlier this year, I was asked to rework one of the images from Patricio's archive, predominately black and white imagery from the 1950's and create a new set of works or work in response to this one image. It was an incredibly moving project to work on, seeing the strange parallels between the times we thought we had moved on from to the startling reality of todays political and social climate. 

I was deeply inspired by the way that women were being represented in those times and sadly found an astounding connection, mirror of the times of America (and more widely) that we are party to today. I drew on modern day inspirational speeches, shocking historical 'educational' films intermixed with the streaming consciousness of a never ending vocal from the political strong and interlaced this with my own personal experiences to create Verbatim, a script.

The resulting works are 5 pages from a wider script that I am currently writing around the socio-politics of our current times, but what you see published in this book, gives a strong flavour to what I am working on and will release, in part, next spring. Sad, yet inspiring times, gives a wealth of material to work with. So delighted to be part of this publication and to have many fellow friends and colleagues, a part of this too.

More to can be seen and purchased here - http://www.paripebooks.com/libros/

Friday, 15 December 2017

'Reversiones' Exhibition Shots - Centro De La Imagen - In Mexico City - 23 Nov. - 1 April 2018

I am absolutely delighted to have the installation shots back from my new group exhibition, "Reversiones"  at the wonderful Centro De La Imagen in Mexico City. The show really does look stunning and working with all the museum has been an absolutely delightful experience. I would like to extend my huge thanks to the following people, whom without them, this exhibition could not have happened.

Firstly to all at ROSEGALLERY for their patience, support and incredible assistance in getting these works from Santa Monica to Mexico, David Solo for his continued and never-ending support in my practice, Darren Warner and Steffi Klenz, both dear friends and extraordinary curators and artists in their own right for their continued interest and creative excitement for the project and of course all at the museum, technicians, curators and of course the Director for the opportunity to have such a great show up for such a wonderful duration. But of course, last, but by non means least, two women who have been extraordinary throughout this process; curator Natasha Christia and Mairela Sancari who dreamt up this idea as well as the trio of Vincent, Brad and Lewis, the other artists exhibiting that I am honoured to also exhibit with.

This project has been such a dream to work on, and it has only just began, as we prepare for our Educational programme which will expand the exhibition, but also bring us to this wonderful city, Mexico! 2018 preparation has already began and I am over excited about what we can achieve. What a perfect way to end this year, with much excitement, joy and many projects in the wings!

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Installation Shots From 'A Motley Crew' Exhibition At Christian Larsen Gallery On Until 16 December


I am back from Sweden and what an incredible city Stockholm is.  Such wonderful clean, crisp air, warmth in all the people I met and such generosity and positivity from the artistic community, it really was a delight to be in such great company!

So I am delighted to show the installation shots from this exciting group show, curated by Darren Warner at Christian Larsen Gallery, "A Motley Crew - An informal expression for a roughly organised assembly of individuals of various backgrounds, appearance and character. They are typified by containing characters of conflicting personality and usually a wide array of methods of overcoming adversity."

The Exhibition is on until 16 December, and if in Stockholm, this show really is not to be missed! More information and the full press release can be found here - http://www.christianlarsen.se/a-motley-crew

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

New Exhibition, 'Reversiones' Opens Thursday 23 November At Centro De La Imagen In Mexico City

Absolutely delighted to announce my forthcoming group exhibition, 'Reversiones' at the Centro De La Imagen in Mexico City, part of the E.Folio.001, an encounter on the Contemporary Photobook, curated by Mariela Sancari, wonderful Museum, Centro De La Imagen and curated by the amazing Natasha Christia. I am honoured to be working with all on this show and exhibiting with artist, Brad Feuerhelm, Lewis Bush and Vincent Delbrouck. The exhibition will run from 23 November through to Mid March 2018, with an exciting educational programme running alongside.

I would like to extend my huge thanks to all at ROSEGALLERY, who made this exhibition possible and to all friends and colleagues whose commitment to my practice is heartwarming - my deepest thanks to each and everyone one of you.

"This exhibition starts from the sacred place of the library to a profane land of appropriation, recycling and reinventions of the (photo) book, as an object in process: an object open to subversive reinterpretations of hegemonic authorships and stories.

Reversiones hosts (photo) books that revisit great milestones of photography, (photo) books that are envisaged with forms and ideological baggage of others in order to subvert them and make visible identities and hidden narratives, as well as (photo) books that are fractured and They revert, challenging their own story, form and signature of author.

All of them testify, as tools of activism, the complicity of the images with the narratives and the dominant ideologies of our "liquid times", as they suggest the need for a novel reading of history through the support of (photo) book . An insubstantial reading that does not hesitate to deconstruct the axioms and stories of the photograph itself."
More can be found here: http://folio.com.mx/reversiones

Monday, 13 November 2017

"A Motley Crew" - New Group Exhibition Opens At Christain Larsen Gallery, Stockholm On 16 Nov.

I am absolutely delighted to be part of a new exhibition at Christain Larsen Gallery, in Stockholm, "A Motley Crew" which opens this coming Thursday 16 November and runs until 16 December. The show promises to be a beautiful curation with selected works from some astounding artists, Caroline Achaintre, Olivia Bax, Ross Taylor and Thomas Sauvin & I's delicate, destructive works from our collaborative series, Lunar Caustic. Below is an excerpt from the press release -

"Christian Larsen is pleased to present A Motley Crew featuring five UK based artists Caroline Achaintre, Melinda Gibson & Thomas Sauvin, Olivia Bax and Ross Taylor. Although there may not be one prevailing theme that unites the artists featured, there are strands and commonalities that thread themselves throughout, from the immediacy and malleability of their mediums and material to the feeling that each of the artists imbue their work with multiple personalities, never quite resolving into one thing or the other, but existing as their own distinctive selves."

I certainly look forward to all that Stockholm and Sweden has to offer, having never visited Sweden before I can not wait to taste and sample all of the delights of the city. As a Baker's daughter who likes her beer, I certainly need to tease out, fresh-from-the-oven kardemummabullar and Omnipollo, a local gypsy brewer making some of the most interesting beers in Scandinavia! I can't wait.

More can be seen here: http://www.christianlarsen.se/

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