My photograph, Ground Bomb, Winter Blast, Arizona from the series This Land is Your Land (2002), is included in the upcoming exhibition “What Does Democracy Look Like?” at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, which runs from October 1 through December 23 2020. For this exhibition, the MoCP invited seven Columbia College Chicago professors from various departments to use the museum’s permanent collection to respond to the questions of what democracy means to them, while considering photography’s relationship to current and historical events.
With more than 200 works on view, the exhibition includes work by artists including Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Dawoud Bey, Patty Carroll, Darryl Cowherd, Krista Franklin, Dorothea Lange, Danny Lyon, Carlos Javier Ortiz, Gordon Parks, Art Shay, Carrie Mae Weems, and Garry Winogrand, among many others.

Guest curators include:

Melanie Chambliss, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of African American History
Joshua A. Fisher, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Immersive Media, Interactive Arts and media
Joan Giroux, Professor, Art and Art History Department
Ames Hawkins, Ph.D., Professor of English and Creative Writing
Raquel L. Monroe, Associate Professor of Dance
Onur Öztürk, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Instruction, Art and Art History Department
Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin, Associate Professor of Journalism

For more information about the exhibition, please visit the exhibition web page here.

Facing Britain – British documentary photography since the 1960s
27 September – 8 November 2020
Museum Goch, Germany

Curated by Ralph Goertz and organised by the Institut für Kunstdokumentation und Szenografie, Facing Britain brings together for the first time almost all important representatives* of British documentary photography in a large overview exhibition outside the UK.

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Long forgotten and only recently rediscovered positions such as John Myers, Tish Murtha or Peter Mitchell are shown alongside works by more well known photographers such as Martin Parr. The show thus offers a unique insight into the developments in the field of photography in the United Kingdom, which are interwoven with continental Europe and North America, but also independent of them. The documentary aspect proves to be one of the great strengths of British photography, which is capable of depicting a part of Europe in transition in a multifaceted, surprising and artistically original way. Facing Britain was therefore deliberately chosen as a temporal bracket for the period of Britain’s membership of the European Union and its forerunner between1963 till 2020. Particularly in view of the current Corona pandemic, the exhibition proves to be a break in the artistic development of an entire nation.

More information is available here

Image: Mr Jackson, 1974 © John Myers

AOP Photographer and one of the AOP’s board directors, Carol Allen-Storey hosts the fourth in this series and asks the panel, how has COVID-19 impacted your assignments and personal projects as a visual storyteller? I joined fellow photographers Jillian Edelstein, Liz Hingley and Gideon Mendel.

Watch here: https://vimeo.com/432625248

And all eleven of the Breakfast Club conversations can be viewed here: https://www.the-aop.org/what-s-on/videos

Image: Adrien Couvrat, Lyre, 2020, acrylique sur toile, 80 x 60 cm

I’ll be exhibiting some work at Galerie Heinzer Reszler in Lausanne, Switzerland from 25 June 2020 as part of their Summer Exhibition series. Other artists include:

Mirko Baselgia

Mathieu Bernard-Reymond

Sophie Bouvier Ausländer

Thibault Brunet

Adrien Couvrat

Kaspar Flück

Aurélie Gravas

Andreas Hochuli

Mingjun Luo

Nathalie Perrin

Sebastian Stadler

&

Mengzhi Zheng

Flowers Gallery celebrates its 50-year anniversary on 10 February 2020, marking the event with a London exhibition of contemporary work by gallery artists produced especially for the occasion. The exhibition includes 50 works by 50 gallery artists, representing the diverse breadth of the programme developed over the past five decades and emphasising the ongoing focus on exhibiting contemporary works of art.

Produced in a range of media, each work will measure 50 x 50 cm.

I will be exhibiting a newly created LED artwork, the Brexshit Machine, based on my wider Brexit Lexicon series.

As part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations, Flowers Gallery is pleased to present 50 Years an exhibition of works by artists represented by the Gallery within their lifetime, on view at Flowers Gallery, Cork Street (5 – 29 February, 2020). 

Find out more about the exhibiition here: https://www.flowersgallery.com/exhibitions/view/50-years

Flowers Gallery, London, 2020

SIXTEEN concludes its year long tour of the UK by bringing the faces and voices of over 180 sixteen-year-olds to London for the first time. Working in partnership with London City Bridge we will showcase work by all of the photographers in a bespoke outdoor public display overlooking the iconic Tower Bridge. The outdoor exhibition will run from 18 January – 16 February 2020 and is located at City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2AA.

My video portraits will be showcased at the R K Burt Gallery in Borough, fifteen minutes walk from City Hall. The exhibition runs from the 21 January to 13 February. 

Events

Curators’ tour: Saturday 18 January, 2pm

On the mezzanine, adjacent to City Hall and The Scoop amphitheatre Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2BD 

Curators’ tour and celebratory event: Thursday 23 January

Curators’ tour from 2pm – 3pm on the mezzanine (as above)

This is followed by a celebratory event and drinks reception from 4pm – 6pm
R K Burt Gallery, 57 Union Street, Borough, London SE1 1SG
*Please note RK Burt Gallery has limited capacity so please RSVP to confirm attendance

You can download a press release with more details HERE.

Belfast Exposed is proud to present the touring photography exhibition, SIXTEEN. ‘What’s it like to be sixteen years old now?’ This is the central thread running through the ambitious, exhibition SIXTEEN. Photographer Craig Easton conceived this work following his engagement with first-time voters in 2014. Unlike the rest of the country sixteen year olds in Scotland were given their suffrage for the first, and as yet only time, in the UK.

Sixteen is an age of transition. At a 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 European Union. It is an issue they had no say in. Working with photography, film, social media, audio recordings and writing, Craig and his colleagues give voice to those rarely heard.

The incisive portraits and the young peoples’ candid testimonies reveal whom and what they really care about and reflect the trust engendered between the sixteen year olds and the photographers. This adds potency to the work and highlights how social background, gender, ethnicity and location influence a teenager’s life.

Craig invited fellow photographers Robert C Brady, Linda Brownlee, Lottie Davies, Jillian Edelstein, Stuart Freedman, Sophie Gerrard, Kalpesh Lathigra, Roy Mehta, Christopher Nunn, Kate Peters, Michelle Sank, Abbie Trayler-Smith, Simon Roberts, and Ulster University MFA candidate David Copeland. They joined forces with him to develop the project, and together collaborated with more than one hundred and seventy young people from diverse communities across the country to explore their hopes, fears and dreams.

https://www.sixteentouring.co.uk/

Video portrait: Amie and Natalie Stott, St. Paul’s Onslow Square, London, 2018

The next venue for the Civilization touring exhibition will be-

THE IAN POTTER CENTRE: National Gallery of Victoria, AUSTRALIA
CORNER FLINDERS AND RUSSELL STREETS
FEDERATION SQUARE, MELBOURNE

EXHIBITION DATES: 13 SEP 19 – 2 FEB 2020.

Civilization: The Way We Live Now is an international photography exhibition of monumental scale, featuring the work of over 100 contemporary photographers from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia and Europe with over 200 original photographs being exhibited.

In this increasingly globalised world, the exhibition explores photographers’ representations of life in cities as its key theme and presents a journey through the shared aspects of life in the urban environment. The selected works create a picture of collective life around the world and document patterns of mass behaviour. The exhibition looks at the phenomenal complexity of life in the twenty-first century and reflects on the ways in which photographers have documented, and held a mirror up, to the world around us.

A major publication has been produced by Thames & Hudson in parallel with the exhibition.

Image: ‘Desert Blast #12, Large Glitter Maroon Flash, Nevada, 1999’

I have prints from my This Lands is Your Land series included in the Museum of Contemporary Photography exhibition Go Down Moses.

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/