CURRENT PROJECTS: A collaboration with people experiencing homelessness and SIFA Fireside

18 02 2020

Anthony Luvera

Anthony Luvera is a socially engaged artist, writer and educator who has collaborated with people who have experienced homelessness in cities and towns across the United Kingdom for over fifteen years. The long-term collaborative projects he creates with homeless people and other community groups have been exhibited widely in galleries, museums and public spaces. Anthony is Principal Lecturer and Researcher at Coventry University. He also designs and facilitates public education programmes for galleries and community photography projects across the UK.

Collaborating with people who have experienced homelessness living in Birmingham builds upon the work he has undertaken in cities and towns across the United Kingdom for over fifteen years to create an archive of photographs, sound recordings and other materials that represents the lives and experiences of the most marginalised people in society. Creating this new body of work with the clients of SIFA Fireside, the main access point to support and services for vulnerably housed and homeless adults in Birmingham, will enable participants to use photography to express the things they are interested in and present their points of view.

Luvera’s interdisciplinary approach is committed to the process of collaboration and its associated methodologies in order to investigate the problems with photographic representation and visibility. His concern and advocacy for confronting the politics of representation has been part of an increased practice of and dialogue with socially engaged and community art – to emphasise the importance of self representation among marginalised individuals.

Image credit: Paul B

11 02 2020

Alannah Cooper

Alannah Cooper is a photographer inspired by capturing the wildness of tradition and the nature of craft. Photographer, writer, interviewer, and craftswoman herself, her portfolio has been built on her insatiable need to explore. As a fashion photographer, she dedicates her time to projects that bring her to people and places where fashion exists in different ways.

Originally from the Orkney islands, Scotland, her ideas alive from the materials of rural land and the lore she grew up around. It is not uncommon for her work to feature family members, home towns, and the small patterns and details that can remind the viewer of their own. Today, she continues to search for new interpretations of rural surroundings that enchant the everyday life of craftsmanship, explore the accessibility of creativity, and promote the sustainability of fashion.

Alannah Cooper has an MA in Fashion Communication from Central Saint Martins and before that she spent four years at Heriot-Watt University in the Scottish Borders. She was the first-ever recipient of the New Fashion Image Prize at Central Saint Martins, 2018 selected by Lou Stoppard and Simon Chilvers. 

Image Credit: by Alannah Cooper

11 02 2020

Emily Graham

Emily Graham is a photographer based in London. She gained her BA (Hons) in Photography at the University of Brighton, and has recently completed her MA in Photography at the University of West England.

She was one of the recipients of the Magenta Foundation Flash Forward award 2017, selected as a Commended winner of the Genesis Imaging Postgraduate Award 2018, shortlisted for the Brighton Photo Fringe Open Solo 18, awarded third prize in the British Journal of Photography’s International Photography Award 2019, and most recently, shortlisted for the Images Vevey Book Award. Her work has been exhibited nationally & internationally, including at Format Festival 2019 as part of their thematic Forever/Now, and most recently at Pingyao International Photography Festival, China and in Profound Movement group exhibit at Houston Centre for Photography.

Image Credit: The Blindest Man, by Emily Graham

11 02 2020

Guy Martin

Guy Martin (b.1983) graduated with a B.A(HONS) in DocumentaryPhotography from the University of Wales, Newport. He has been a member of Panos Pictures since 2011. From January 2011 he began to document the revolutions sweeping through the Middle East and North Africa. From 2012 he was been based inIstanbul Turkey, where he produced ‘The Parallel State’ his first book about the rise of Turkish soft power and the complex new identities in the Turkish Republic. The book was published in 2018 by GOST books and subsequently was listed as on of Time Magazine’s best photo books of the year.

Guy’s work is concerned with the way our digital lives have overlapped into the political violence of the physical world. He continues to work for the world’s leading magazines  including The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Bloomberg Buisness Week, Time Magazine, National Geographic, Harpers, HUCK and Le Monde; while lecturing, teaching workshops and exhibiting his work worldwide.

His work has been recognised by Centre Santa Fe for the Project Launch Award, Sony World Photo Awards, BJP IPA award, ViewBook Transformations grant, St.Breiuc Festival Award, and The Observer David Hodge Award. In 2012 his work from the Arab revolutions was shown in Side Gallery, HOST Gallery Third Floor Gallery and The Polly. In 2017 The Parallel State had its first major installation at Les Rencontres de la photographie in Arles. In 2019, The Parallel State had its first solo show at Pattern gallery in Denver, Colorado.

Guy is an associate lecturer at the University of Falmouth and on the on the advisory board of the Rory Peck Trust, an organisation that represents and champions the safety and working practices of freelance photographers and journalists working in war and conflict zones.

Image Credit: A memorial garden on a hillsoden overlooking the town of Maerdy, in the Rhonda Valley, by Guy Martin

11 02 2020

Leah Gordon

Leah Gordon (born 1959 Ellesmere Port) is a photographer, film-maker, curator, collector and writer. In the 1980’s she wrote lyrics, sang and played for the feminist folk punk band, ‘The Doonicans’. Leah makes work on Modernism and architecture; the slave trade and industrialisation; and grassroots religious, class and folk histories. Gordon’s film and photographic work has been exhibited internationally including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; the Dak’art Biennale; the National Portrait Gallery, UK and the Norton Museum of Art, Florida. Her photography book ‘Kanaval: Vodou, Politics and Revolution on the Streets of Haiti’ was published in June 2010. She is the co-director of the Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince, Haiti; was a curator for the Haitian Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale; was the co-curator of ‘Kafou: Haiti, History & Art’ at Nottingham Contemporary, UK; on the curatorial team for ‘In Extremis: Death and Life in 21st Century Haitian Art’ at the Fowler Museum, UCLA and was the co-curator of ‘PÒTOPRENS: The Urban Artists of Port-au-Prince’ at Pioneer Works, NYC in 2018 and MOCA, Miami in 2019. In 2015 Leah Gordon was the recipient of the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Travel Award for Central America and the Caribbean.

Image Credit: Vagabondaj Mawon: Sitadel, 2019, by Leah Gordon.

11 02 2020

Matthew Broadhead

Matthew Broadhead is a British photographer based in Southwest England (b.1994). In 2016, he graduated from the BA (Hons) Photography program at the University of Brighton and gained sustained recognition for his body of work A Space for Humans: The Moon on Earth. A Space for Humans was featured in The British Journal of Photography, Wallpaper*, The Exposed Issue 2 and Fisheye Vol 1.

Matthew has also been selected as a winner for awards from Magnum, Photoworks and Organ Vida. In late 2019, he graduated from the new MA Photography course at UWE Bristol with a new body of work titled The Sleeping Photographer.

Broadhead’s practice entails an engagement with photography as a critical medium and explores conjunctions between different subjects, notably geology; anthropology; history; folklore and mythology. His research in these areas is meant to influence how he interacts with subjects in a variety of contexts and the recording methodology used. Operating at the intersection between documentary and conceptual art, he is a storyteller who uses factual source material.

Broadhead is also a collector and dealer of nineteenth-century photography and conducts a great amount of research on this topic. In particular, he specialises in the life and work of his third great-grandfather Frederick William Broadhead.

Image Credit: by Matthew Broadhead

11 02 2020

Murray Ballard

Murray Ballard (b.1983) is a British photographer born and based in Brighton, UK.  He graduated from the University of Brighton in 2007 with a first-class degree in Photography.  The following year he was selected for Fresh Faced and Wild Eyed 08 – the annual showcase of work by ‘the most promising recent graduates’ at The Photographers’ Gallery, London. From 2008 he assisted Magnum photographer Mark Power for several years whilst continuing to work on his own commissions and self-initiated projects. Most notably his long-term investigation of cryonics – the practice of freezing the dead in the hope that future science and technology will be able to bring them back to life.

In 2011 the British Journal of Photography recognised him as ‘an emerging photographer of note’, following his debut solo show The Prospect of Immortality at Impressions Gallery, Bradford. The exhibition went on to tour both nationally and internationally. Venues include: Side Gallery, Newcastle; Format Festival, Derby; Breda Photo Festival, Netherlands, SI Fest, Italy and DongGang International Photography Festival, South Korea. In 2016 GOST Books published an extensive monograph of the work, which was shortlisted for the Paris Photo Aperture First Book Award.

Other commissioned work includes a residency at The John Innes Centre, Europe’s largest research Centre for the study of crop plants and microbiology, which resulted in a newspaper publication and pop-up exhibition, How to Genetically Modify a Tomato and Other Things we Eat. In 2012 Fotodocument commissioned him to photograph the UK renewable energy industry and in 2014 he was commissioned again as part of FotoDocument’s One Planet City project, which was exhibited at the Brighton Photo Biennale. In 2018 he was commissioned by Photoworks to make work about the South Downs for the redeveloped Royal Sussex County Hospital.

His photographs have been published in numerous magazines and newspapers including: Esquire, FT Weekend, GEO, GQ, The Guardian The Independent, The Telegraph, The Times and Wired.  As well as the photography journals: 6 Mois, British Journal of Photography, HotShoe and Professional Photography.

Image Credit: Closed down Poundstretcher, Boston, April 2017, by Murray Ballard.

We are delighted to announce, with thanks to Arts Council England, a new programme of 10 projects in collaboration with rural communities across the Midlands.  The selected photographers and artists will work with communities to explore issues of rural life, lifestyles and environments.  The projects will focus on rural economics, health and wellbeing, diversity, young people, land rights, cultural identity and post Brexit agriculture.

The commissioned photographers & artists are; Alannah Cooper, Emily Graham, Guy Martin, Leah Gordon, Matthew Broadhead, Murray Ballard, Navi Kaur, Oliver Udy & Colin Robins, Polly Braden and Sam Laughlin.

The projects will culminate in a new publication and a symposium which will be a platform for sharing work as well as having dialogue and debating the issues and concerns that have been discovered and raised through the production of the work.

Image Credit: Deer browse-line (various species) from the series A Certain Movement, by Sam Laughlin

11 02 2020

Navi Kaur

Navi Kaur (b. 1993) is an artist and educator based in Birmingham, UK.

Navi often makes work commenting on the migrant experience, specifically around journeys, environment, storytelling and documentary. Inspired by an archive of family photographs found in her grandparents’ home, she produces work in response to the lives they have built here in the U.K, encompassing their Sikh faith and daily regimes, working predominantly through the processes of digital photography, film and installation.

Navi works closely with her Budimom, Surinder, and Baba Ji, Karamjit (paternal grandparents), to better understand her own heritage and culture through feelings of displacement in organised environments and highlights the importance of celebrating cultural diversity through cross collaboration.

Image Credit: by Navi Kaur

The Anthology of Rural Life is an ongoing photographic project by Oliver Udy and Colin Robins. A photographic project whose intentions are to produce an archive of material that reveals and documents continuities and shifts in patterns of rural life.

The people and places in the images represent aspects of contemporary rural society where the economic, social and cultural changes to the nature of work mean that traditional ways of life in the countryside are slowly evolving.

Image Credit: The Anthology Of Rural Life, by Oliver Udy & Colin Robins.

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