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

The Brexit Lexicon is a newly produced video- installation work that explores the store of metaphors and verbiage that have become the stock in trade of politicians and journalists during the Brexit negotiations. Creating a compendium of the most common terms that have coloured the way Britain / EU have described current political discussions, the lexicon is read out by an anonymous news presenter sat in front of a green-screen and viewed on a television screen.

Alongside the Lexicon, Roberts is displaying a photographic work on street poster sites across the city. Between the Acts, 2018 is an artist poster featuring a photograph of the iconic white cliffs at Seven Sisters in Sussex coupled with a haunting quotation from Virginia Woolf.

The exhibition has been made possible with support from Arts Council England and is part of the Brighton Photo Fringe festival. More info here.

 

 

Image: Screengrab from The Brexit Lexicon by Simon Roberts, 2018

‘Brexit will spell the end of British art as we know it. Discuss. – A Panel Discussion

According to the artist Bob and Roberta Smith leaving the EU will have a devastating impact on our artists, museums and galleries, with Brexit meaning the end of a period of British culture born out of the ashes of the Second World War that was open, intellectually curious and essentially generous. As the UK Government releases Technical Notices on a ‘No Deal Brexit’ and we approach the date of the People’s Vote March for the Future in Central London on 20 October, our panelists will explore the possible impact of Brexit on the cultural sector and ask how we should respond as artists and stakeholders working within the arts. The panel will also discuss the changing funding landscape and our shifting relationship with Europe.

Free but tickets must be booked here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brexit-will-spell-the-end-of-british-art-as-we-know-it-discuss-tickets-50216631296

Panelists will include:

Shoair Mavlian, Director of Photoworks and former Assistant Curator at Tate Modern.

Mahtab Hussain, whose work explores the relationship between identity, heritage and displacement. Mahtab was recently featured on the BBC 4 documentary ‘What Do Artists Do All Day?’.

Natasha Caruana, artist and Senior Lecturer of Photography at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, UK

Michael Lightfoot, artist, illustrator, and director of Artists for Brexit, a network of artists, arts workers and arts enthusiasts who support the process of securing independence for the UK.

and Uta Kogelsberger, a London based artist working with photography, video installation and sound. Uta’s new work ‘Uncertain Subjects: Part II’ being shown as part of the 2018 Brighton Photo Biennial gives a voice to those who feel they are not being heard in the current Brexit negotiations.

This event forms part of the 2018 Brighton Photo Biennial festival and is supported by Arts Council EnglandPhotoworks and the Brighton Photo Fringe.

It has been convened by Brighton-based artist Simon Roberts, who is showing work during the festival exploring Brexit.

Flowers Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition by British photographer Simon Roberts, bringing together works from his extended photographic surveys of Russia and Britain produced over a period of 15 years.

Simon Roberts is known for his major bodies of work, We English, Pierdom, and Merrie Albion, which together comprise one of the most significant contemporary photographic studies of Britain since the new color documentary of the 1980s. His earlier series Motherland remains one of the most extensive, comprehensive photographic accounts of Russia by a Western photographer. Presented together in this exhibition, Homeland explores Roberts’ critical reflection on the relationship between contemporary national identity and place, and his ongoing investigation of what draws people together within a particular landscape.

Free entry and open Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 6pm

Simon will be in conversation with W.M Hunt on Saturday November 17 at 3.30pm.

Press Release: (pdf).