Friday, 8 June 2018

An Day Of Generosity & Hospitality At Its Best

Back in May, a new small collective made up of artists and thinkers; Duncan Wooldridge, Steffi Klenz and myself draw upon ideas and launched our inaugural programme of Talks and Events during Photo London, at the fringe festival, Peckham 24.   

In contrast to traditional talks events, the programme had been composed not of generic or monolithic talks, but discursive events based around hospitality, dialogue and debate. Intended for both contemporary producers, young artists and photographers, a key theme of the programme was 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. 

Our new programme kicked off on Saturday 19 May with a shared lunch that brought artists, thinkers, parents and children together in a non-hierarchal environment that blurred the boundaries of the unattainable and promoted organic growth with like-minded conversations. Children nibbled at bits of torn bread, parents whispered over wine, artists and thinkers exchanged stories. A warmth waved through the room, setting the scene.

With each new talk, conversations blossomed, communities grew and a shared vision appeared through the usually cloaked vail. A true sense of sharing, opportunity, transparency and honesty filled the room minute by minute. Thinkers spoke of stories, tales of an utopian dreams they believed could be reached. Artists inspired audiences with wit, humour and honesty, provoking important questions about contemporary culture and the need to stop, listen, pause and participate. With each artist a new vision, a peak into their world, their mind.

The finale of our first programme was a special invited dinner, bringing together 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 were invited to nominate a recent graduate – who has not yet received the acknowledgement their work merits – to join the dinner and food was prepared by Leo and Scott, an emerging South London caterers who prepared a special menu that encouraged exchange, interaction through a selection of sharing platters. 

The concluding dinner encapsulated all of our hopes and dreams of what our first programme could achieve. The gallery was filled with joy, laughter, positivity and generosity as friends, colleagues and new emerging artists shared dinner and drinks over many hours. The conversations flowed like the wine and collectives grew over the course of the evening as like-minded individuals connected. Very importantly, a huge thank you to Mr David Solo, for believing in our vision and supporting our first programme, without his generosity it could not have been realised to what we had envisioned - our deepest thanks to him. 

It was an absolutely wonderful experience to see all the fruits of our labour play out with so much warmth, we can not wait until our next programme launches next year...more to come shortly!

Images from the event are from Alumni Student Lara @ Camberwell College of Arts. 

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...

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