Image: ‘Desert Blast #12, Large Glitter Maroon Flash, Nevada, 1999’
The exhibition is guest curated by Teju Cole. An acclaimed writer, photographer, and critic, Cole is the former photography critic of the New York Times Magazine and is currently the Gore Vidal Professor of the Practice of Creative Writing at Harvard University. This is his first major curatorial project.
Go Down Moses presents a reinterpretation of the MoCP’s permanent collection that can be understood as a visual tone poem of contemporary America, exploring elemental themes of movement, chaos, freedom, and hope. In doing so, Cole uses the photographic archive to interweave the past and present, suggesting an aesthetic approach to understanding the current psyche. He writes:
Questions of liberation tend to interleave the present and the past. What is happening now is instinctively assessed with the help of what happened before, and both despair and hope are tutored by memory. The old Negro spiritual “Go Down Moses,” beloved by Harriet Tubman and generations since, sought to link the black American freedom quest with the story of ancient Israel’s struggle to be free of Pharaoh’s bondage.
Humanity is on the move. The ground beneath our feet is shifting, the skies cannot be relied upon, and even our own bodies bear the marks of the strain. Everyone is longing to be free, and everyone is curious about whether hope is still possible. The photographic archive contains evidence that thus it ever was, that we have always lived in this urgency.Through an intuitive sequence of photographs, in images soft and loud, this exhibition proposes a redefinition: that hope has nothing to do with mood or objective facts, but is rather a form of hospitality offered by those who are tired to those who are exhausted.
You can read an article on the exhibition in the Guardian here.
Simon Roberts is included in Oakland University Art Gallery’s ‘Your Very Own Paradise’ alongside:
Nick Archer, Enrique Chagoya, Melanie Daniel, Maira Kalman, Amer Kobaslija, Andrew Lenaghan, Tayna Marcuse, Rebecca Morgan, Lamar Peterson, Orit Raff, Thomas Trosch, and Marc Yankus.
This exhibition explores notions and taxonomy of visual paradise. The subjectivity surrounding paradise is parsed via the depictions of motifs as progressive, optimistic existential indicators: home, food, identity, métier, harmony, euphoria and so on. In an era of crisis and dissimulation, this exhibition presents a conduit to inspire the viewer to repose in a visual culture that is less pessimistic and more open to the abundance of a positive and inclusive world view. Its ideology finds parallels in Nordic notions of hygge and the wisdom and enlightenment that compels us towards the actions of contemplation, assimilation and illumination.
More information here: www.ouartgallery.org/exhibitions/
Photo © Sandra Mickiewicz, 2019
A unique opportunity to work with acclaimed British artist-photographer Simon Roberts, whose recent commission for Pallant House Gallery, Inscapes, explores our relationship to landscape.
Start with a walk in the Sussex Downs before returning to the studio at Pallant House to look collectively at the photos you have taken and discuss landscape practice.
Details on meeting points and logistics to be supplied two weeks before the course begins.
For more information, visit the gallery website here: https://pallant.org.uk/whats-on/practical-class-landscape-photography-masterclass-simon-roberts/
Photographer Simon Roberts and writer Dr Alexandra Harris explore the meaning of place with Pallant House Director Simon Martin on 27 July 2019.
How are we connected to our local landscapes? Simon Roberts’ new series of photographic, video- and sound-based landscape studies explores these connections. For this In Conversation event he is joined by Alexandra Harris, author of Weatherland and Romantic Moderns to explore how we build connections with familiar landscapes.
View the event details here.
To mark the retrospective exhibition of the celebrated British painter Ivon Hitchens, Pallant House Gallery invited Simon Roberts to revisit some of the places where Hitchens painted to create a series of new work from the fields, woodlands and hinterlands of West Sussex.
Find out more about the project and view images from the series here.
As part of the exhibition programme, Simon will be doing an In-Conversation with writer Dr Alexandra Harris and Pallant House Director Simon Martin on 27 July 2019, and running a landscape masterclass on 24 August 2019. More information on how to book the masterclass here.
In a major new touring exhibition leading contemporary photographers join forces to present the multimedia project Sixteen, exploring the dreams, hopes and fears of sixteen-year olds across the UK.
I will be screening my series of video portraits looking at faith.
Please join us for the official opening at Hull Central Library on Saturday 18 May, 12-3pm. The exhibition continues until 29 June 2019.
opening times: Mon & Tues 9.30-5pm, Wed 1 – 7.30pm, Thurs 9.30-7.30pm, Fri 9.30 – 1pm, Sat 10am – 4pm.
The exhibition will then tour to:
Shetland Arts (public realm installation in Lerwick) | 1 June – 30 June 2019
Public realm work will be situated on the King Harald Street development here
Audio visual work will also be presented at Shetland Arts venue Mareel
Williamson Art Gallery & Museum | 15 June – 21 July 2019
Private View: 5.30pm – 7.30pm, Friday 14 June 2019
Widnes Vikings Rugby Club | 15 June 2019 (opening event time TBC)
Full information on opening events and launches coming soon!
‘Another Europe‘ is a group exhibition featuring 28 photographs, one from each EU Member-State displayed from April 18th to May 16th 2019 on the pedestrian street of Nicolae Balcescu in Sibiu, Romania. The exhibition is organised on the occasion of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the EU Summit of Sibiu (9th May).
The photographers represent a wide range of photographic practices and are a mixture of established and emerging talents. Together they voice themes and influences we all recognise as part of our cultural heritage from concrete manifestations such as monuments, buildings and sites to the more ephemeral social aspects such as childhood, fairytales; theatre, landscape, conflict, work, celebration, family, memories, literature and traditions.
Images of NATO observation towers by Belgian photographer Els van den Meersch contrast with those of a wedding ceremony in Greece by George Tatakis, Petra Lajdova’s striking portrait of a woman in traditional Slovakian clothing, Marketa Luskacova’s Czech carnival scenes or the installation of a Jeff Koons sculpture at Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum by Henk Wildschut. Italian photographer Massimo Vitali, famous for his heat-infused Mediterranean beach scenes, has photographed the Rome Forum while Simon Roberts (UK) brings us a very British beach scene of the Charles Dickens celebration at Broadstairs.
Curated by UK artist Hamish Park, the exhibiting artists are in full:
Jean Back (Luxembourg), Gerry Balfe Smith (Ireland), Jelena Blagović (Croatia), Paulo Catrica (Portugal) Emil Danailov (Bulgaria), Joanna Demarco (Malta), Alvaro Deprit (Spain), Tamas Dezso (Hungary), Jeanette Hagglund (Sweden), Nina Korhonen (Finland), Astrid Kruse Jensen (Denmark), Petra Lajdova (Slovakia), Marketa Luskacova (Czech Republic), Marlot & Chopard (France), Adam Panczuk (Poland), Klaus Pichler (Austria) Romualdas Požerskis (Lithuania), Birgit Püve (Estonia), Simon Roberts (UK), Oana Stoian (Romania), George Tatakis (Greece), Andrej Tarfila (Slovenia), Andreas Trogisch (Germany), Thodoris Tzalavras (Cyprus), Iveta Vaivode (Latvia), Els van den Meersch (Belgium), Massimo Vitali (Italy), Henk Wildschut (Netherlands).
Among the artists on show: Josef Koudelka , Olivo Barbieri , Anders Petersen , Martin Parr , Graciela Iturbide , Gabriele Basilico , Guy Tillim , Tod Papageorge, Alec Soth , Paolo Ventura , Tim Davis , Marco Delogu , Paolo Pellegrin , Hans-Christian Schink , Roger Ballen , Jon Rafman, Simon Roberts , Léonie Hampton.
Several works will also be entering the Roma Capitale Collection.
“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.