“Civilization: The Way We Live Now” presents more than 250 works by over 120 of the world’s most renowned photographic artists, offering a complex and sprawling vision of contemporary life. The images gathered here, produced in the past 25 years, speak to the changes brought about by globalization, and draw attention both to the increasing amount of complexity and conflict, and to the unprecedented degree of interdependence, that characterize life today. They attest, as well, to the development of the medium of photography, and its ability to document these sweeping changes. Organized in collaboration between UCCA and the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, the Beijing presentation of Civilization is curated by William A. Ewing and Holly Roussell.

More information: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/civilization-way-live-now/

The Format Festival gallery space at Furthest from the Sea Music in Derby’s Strand Arcade is opening its doors to host The Brexit Shop curated by Peter Bonnell.

Join artists Simon Roberts, Martin Seeds and Mark Duffy for a tour and talk of their Brexit related projects. This is a free event but spaces are limited so booking is essential.

I have a new series of video portraits included in a major touring exhibition called ‘Sixteen’ which explores the dreams, hopes and fears of sixteen-year olds across the UK. The work will launch at Format Festival in Derby.

What’s it like to be sixteen years old now? This is the central thread running through multimedia project Sixteen.

Photographer Craig Easton conceived this work following his engagement with sixteen year olds at the time of the Scottish Referendum. It was the first, and as yet only, time that sixteen year olds were given the vote. He went on to invite some of the UK’s foremost documentary portrait photographers to collaborate with young people across the country to make a visual vox pop.

Sixteen is an age of transition, of developmental, and of social change. At this time of increasing national and international anxiety, these young people are shifting from adolescence to become the adults who will live in a politically reshaped country, divorced from the Europe Union.

Working with photography, film, social media, audio recordings and writing, Craig and his colleagues bring together the faces and voices of more than one hundred young people from diverse communities across the United Kingdom. Locations span large conurbations such as London, Birmingham and Manchester; isolated areas in the South West, Northern Ireland, the Scottish Islands and post- industrial towns of the North.

The photographers open up conversations with these young people about their hopes and fears, and who or what sustains them, giving prominence to voices rarely heard.

The project explores how social background, gender, ethnicity or location might influence aspiration.

Photographers commissioned for Sixteen include Linda Brownlee, Lottie Davies, Craig Easton, Jillian Edelstein, Stuart Freedman, Sophie Gerrard, Kalpesh Lathigra, Roy Mehta, Christopher Nunn, Kate Peters, Michelle Sank, Abbie Trayler-Smith, Simon Roberts and David Copeland.

Image: Installation shot of The Brexit Lexicon 

New video installation work The Brexit Lexicon will be on display at the 2019 Format Festival.

The Brexit Lexicon is a single channel video work (c. 80 minutes) that explores the store of metaphors and verbiage that have become the stock in trade of politicians and journalists during Britain’s exit from the Europe Union. Creating a compendium of the most common terms that have coloured the way Britain and the EU have described current political discussions associated with Brexit, the lexicon is read out by a news presenter who appears at a desk in an anonymous news television studio against a green-screen.

The Lexicon will be installed in an old shop in the Strand Arcade, which is being operated by the nomadic Furthest From The Sea, an Arts Business run by passionate and dedicated artists committed to a ‘hands on’ approach to creativity. It is part of a group presentation The Brexit Shop curated by Peter Bonnell, which will also include work by Martin Seeds and Mark Duffy.
1 Strand Archade
Off Sadlergate 
Derby
DE1 1BQ
15 March – 14 April

Monday to Saturday
10:30am – 17:00pm
Sunday
11:00am – 16:00pm

Image: Evelyn Hofer, Phoenix Park on a Sunday, Dublin, 1966 © The Estate of Evelyn Hofer

2019 is the 20th anniversary of the Art Collection Deutsche Börse with numerous exhibitions and events. Under the motto “From another perspective”, we invited experts to share their view on the collection with us. This way, a varied, constantly changing insight into the most important positions of the Art Collection Deutsche Börse is formed.

The anniversary program will kick off with the exhibition “We love Photography!” curated by British photographer Martin Parr, which will showcase around 130 works by 56 artists that he has selected from the Art Collection Deutsche Börse. The exhibition will feature big names in the history of photography such as Walker Evans, Bernd and Hilla Becher or Diane Arbus as well as trailblazers in documentary photography, for example Bruce Davidson, Philip Jones Griffiths and Susan Meiselas. It will also extend to younger artists such as Mike Brodie, Beate Gütschow and Simon Roberts.

Artists: Diane Arbus, Jessica Backhaus, Peter Bialobrzeski, Werner Bischof, Anna & Bernhard Blume, Mike Brodie, Joachim Brohm, Gerd Danigel, Bruce Davidson, John Davies, Phillipp-Lorca diCorcia, Nikos Economopoulos, Mitch Epstein, Walker Evans, Peter Fischli und David Weiss, Lucas Foglia, Alberto Garcia Alix, Geert Goiris, David Goldblatt, Paul Graham, Philip Jones Griffiths, Andreas Gursky, Beate Gütschow, Jitka Hanzlova, Thomas Hoepker, Evelyn Hofer, Roni Horn, Pieter Hugo, Seydou Keita, Dana Lixenberg, Vivian Maier, Susan Meiselas, Boris Mikhailov, Richard Mosse, Zanele Muholi, Simon Norfolk, Arnold Odermatt, Gordon Parks, Heinrich Riebesehl, Simon Roberts, Malte Sänger, Sebastiao Salgado, Pennti Sammallathi, Jörg Sasse, Wilhelm Schürmann, Alfred Seiland, Stephen Shore, Malick Sidibè, Gunnar Smoliansky, Joel Sternfeld, John Stezaker, Thomas Struth, Joseph Szabo, Guy Tillim und Tobias Zielony.

I have a few prints included in this exhibition of work taken from the Great Ormond Street Art Collection.

More details here:

Image © Ed Alcock

I will be taking part in a panel discussion around Brexit and the arts, alongside Max Barnett, Editor-in-Chief of Pylot Magazine, and the photographers Ed Alcock and Sukhi Dhanda. It’s being convened by Mina Raven Art.

Factory 45, 44-46 Newington Causeway, SE1 6DR London

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 7 PM – 9 PM

From the press to the Internet, social media, TV, and social interactions in everyday life, the Brexit is currently present everywhere. The consequences are as important inside as outside of the UK, it is shifting our environment and changing our relationship to one another.

While UK’s exit approaches and the confusion becomes more widespread, some artists have been exploring the impacts of the Brexit in our daily life and how the recent events have shaped their own journey.

More information and tickets: https://www.facebook.com/events/532865310458115/

Image: Screengrab from The Brexit Lexicon 

New video installation work The Brexit Lexicon will be on display at Flowers Gallery, Kingsland Road as part of Flowers Contemporary II.

Flowers Gallery is delighted to present its first exhibitions in 2019, Flowers Contemporary I, II III, taking place across both London locations, and the New York gallery. The exhibitions bring together new works by gallery artists, representing the wide-ranging themes and concerns defining their practice today.

The Brexit Lexicon is a single channel video work (c. 80 minutes) that explores the store of metaphors and verbiage that have become the stock in trade of politicians and journalists during Britain’s exit from the Europe Union. Creating a compendium of the most common terms that have coloured the way Britain and the EU have described current political discussions associated with Brexit, the lexicon is read out by a news presenter who appears at a desk in an anonymous news television studio against a green-screen.

Press Release: (pdf).

A book to accompany the Civilization: The Way We Live Now touring exhibition is published by Thames & Hudson. and will be launched in London at Flowers Gallery on November 5th. A series of photographs from the book, including some works from my Merrie Albion series, will be on show at Flowers from 7 November – 22 December 2018.

The book is curated by William Ewing.

Details of the exhibition can be found here: https://www.flowersgallery.com/exhibitions/view/civilization

And you can download a press release here.

Photographs in the book and exhibition include:

 

National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts, Parliament Square, London, 9 December 2010

 

Annual Eton College Procession of Boats, River Thames, Windsor, Berkshire, 17 June 2016

 

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Shoreham Air Show, West Sussex, 15 September 2007

 

Mt Pilatus, Luzern, March 2016

 

Civilization: The Way We Live Now is a major exhibition opening at Seoul’s National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art this October. It features the work of 100 of the world’s finest photographers. It addresses and illuminates major aspects of our increasingly global 21st century civilization. It stresses the fact that contemporary civilization is an extremely complex collective enterprise. Never before in human history have so many people been so interconnected, and so dependent on one another. In science and art, at work and play, we increasingly live the collective life. The Olympic Games, the giant Airbus, CERN, MRI, the Trident Submarine, Wikipedia, the Academy Awards, the International Space Station, Viagra, the laptop computer and the smartphone… However we feel about any of them, none of these complex phenomena would have been possible without superlatively coordinated efforts involving highly educated, highly trained, highly motivated, highly connected people.

Taken as a whole, this exhibition takes stock of our civilization’s material and spiritual culture, ranging from the ordinary to the extraordinary, and from civilization’s great collective achievements and its ruinous collective failings, expressing thoughts and feelings in the richly nuanced language of photography. And though it features photography of the real world, it embraces different ways of dealing with it, from the ‘straight’ document to the mise en scene.

Several works from my Merrie Albion series are included in the exhibition and book.

Curated by William EwingBartomeu Marí and Holly Roussell Perret-Gentil.

 

Book:

Published by Thames & Hudson.

 

Future exhibitions: 

Ullens Center for Contemporary ArtBeijing: March 2019 – May 2019

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia: September 2019 – February 2020

Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée (MUCEM)Marseille, France: January 2021 – April 2021