One of my Cloud Negatives has been selected for inclusion in this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London. The theme chosen by the exhibition’s coordinator, Alison Wilding RA, is ‘Climate’ which has been interpreted in many different ways by the artists involved. My work is hung in the Lecture Room and was curated by artist Conrad Shawcross.
Run without interruption since 1769, the Summer Exhibition showcases art in all forms, from prints, painting, film and photography, to architectural works and sculpture by invited artists, Royal Academicians and emerging talent.
You can find details of the work on the RA’s website here.
Cloud Negative #1, 2021
The latest edition of Civilization: The Way We Live Now photography exhibition will one show at Musei San Domenico in Forlì, Italy will be from September 17 2022 – January 8 2023. See website for updated opening hours and programming. The exhibition will open to the public on Saturday September the 17th (press and pre-opening events on the 16th). I have several works included.
The exhibition ‘Songs of the Sky – Photography & the Cloud’ will be shown at Les Rencontres De La Photographie in Arles, after first exhibiting at C/O Berlin earlier this year. The show will include several of my Celestial cyanotype works.
Thinking about photography today entails a consideration of the infrastructures that form and organize networks. Regardless of whether images are generated by surveillance cameras or satellites, or consist of archival material or personal vacation photographs on our smartphones and laptops, almost all photographs are saved as digital data on the cloud. But the cloud is not a romantic place up there. It is a network that constantly relocates our data. It is a machine through which artificial intelligence learns. It is also a techno-capitalist system that is lent material form by hard drives, cables, and computers. Similar to the way that clouds resonated in the beginning of abstraction in photography one hundred years ago, the way artists today interact with the cloud reflects the twenty-first century’s visions of the future. Juxtaposing historical and contemporary photographs, the exhibition mirrors the consequences of cloud-computing technology on climate change and geopolitics.
Images: Installation views © C/O Berlin Foundation, David von Becker
Claudia Angelmaier (1972), Sylvia Ballhause (1977), Marie Clerel (1988), Raphaël Dallaporta (1980), Noémie Goudal (1984), Louis Henderson (1983), Noa Jansma (1996), Stefan Karrer (1981), Almut Linde (1965), NASA, Lisa Oppenheim (1975), Trevor Paglen (1974), Simon Roberts (1974), Evan Roth (1978), Mario Santamaría (1985), Adrian Sauer (1976), Andy Sewell (1978), Shinseungback Kimyonghun, (Shin Seung Back, 1979, Kim Yong Hun, 1980), Louis Vignes (1831-1896) & Charles Nègre (1820-1880), World Meteorological Organization.
British documentary photography from the 1960s to the present
Facing Britain paints a portrait of the special society of Great Britain: deep affection, humanity and humor characterize the inhabitants of the country. The exhibition includes several of my prints from The Election Project.
Away from popular motifs such as the Royals, the Beatles or Swinging London, the photographers look at people’s everyday lives, often with a dose of self-mockery and a sense of the absurd.
Her focus is on social and political issues: inequality and two-tier society, identity, protest and rebellion, racism and migration, the decline of the coal industry, consumer society, youth unemployment and Brexit.
For all their seriousness, the pictures convey a lot of the cheerful composure of the British.
More details here: https://www.moenchehaus.de/event/facing-britain/
The exhibition is organised by Institut für Kunstdokumentation und Szenografie
Mike Abrahams, Meredith Andrews, James Barnor, Rob Bremner, Rachel Louise Brown, John Bulmer, Tessa Bunney, Thom Corbishley, Robert Darch, John Davies, Anna Fox, Ken Grant, Judy Greenway, Mohamed Hassan, Paul Hill, David Hurn, Sirkka -Liisa Konttinen, Kalpesh Lathigra, Barry Lewis, Markéta Luskacová, Kirsty Mackay, Fran May, Stephen Mccoy, Niall Mcdiarmid, Daniel Meadows, Roy Mehta, Sandra Mickiewicz, Margaret Mitchell, Peter Mitchell, David Moore, Tish Murtha, John Myers, Kevin O’Farrell, Martin Parr, Mark Pinder, Yan Wang Preston, Ryan Prince, Kavi Pujara, Tony Ray-Jones, Paul Reas, Simon Roberts, Michelle Sank, Syd Shelton, Hazel Simcox, Dave Sinclair, Homer Sykes, Alys Tomlinson, Jon Tonks, Dan Wood, Tom Wood.
27 Sep – 24 Nov 2020 / Museum Goch
3 Sep 2021 – 9 Jan 2022 / Kunsthalle Darmstadt
20 Feb – 1 May 2022 / Mönchehaus Museum Goslar
16 June – 18 Sept / Museum for Photography Krakow
Installation view Museum Goch
Images: Simon Roberts
Where are you from? Cuba Photography Missions is a group exhibition being shown at Cultuurecentrum Mechelen, Belgium, before touring to Havana in 2023. It will feature new work I’ve made looking at the role of religion in Cuban society.
In 2019, Cuba celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Revolution. In 1959, Fidel Castro and Ché Guevarra ousted the dictator Fulgencio Batista and the country began working towards a utopian future. However, caught between the hammer and the anvil of Soviet communism and an American embargo, the country entered a period of sustained economic hardship whilst remaining fundamentally committed to the socialist values of the Revolution.
Against this background, an extensive photography project was set up with four Cuban and four European artists. Taking the current social and economic reality of the island as their starting point, each developed a photographic project that together provide a nuanced picture of this complex country. The eight works juxtapose the photographic interpretations of the local artists with those of the Europeans, who produced their work during several intensive working trips. The project starts from the idea of ‘heritage’, in the broadest sense of the word, and explores Cuba’s past, present and future.
Who we are and from which perspective we view each other determines the richness of this unique photography mission.
This VLIR-UOS project is the result of a collaboration between ISA, Universidad de las Artes in Havana and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp.
Participating photographers: Ossain Raggi Gonzalez, Bert Danckaert, Linet Sanchez, Charlotte Lybeer, Liudmila & Nelson, Ulla Deventer, Ricardo Elias and Simon Roberts.
Curator: Joachim Naudts.
An exhibition catalogue is published alongside the exhibition, which includes an essay by a text by Alison Nordström. Available here: https://www.stockmansartbooks.be/nl/cuba-photography-missions-where-are-you-from.html
After its first showing at the Imperial War Museum in 2021, Generations: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors, now moves to RPS Gallery in Bristol. The exhibition brings together over 50 contemporary portraits of Holocaust survivors and their families, shining a light on the full lives they have lived and our collective responsibility to cherish their stories. It will include my series of video portraits.
In partnership with the Imperial War Museum, Jewish News, and the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust the exhibition showcases new works from 13 contemporary photographers, members and Fellows of RPS, alongside photography by RPS patron, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge.
The majority of the photographs in Generations: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors were captured in Spring 2021, presenting a brand-new body of work from contemporary photographers including Frederic Aranda, Sian Bonnell, Jillian Edelstein, Arthur Edwards, Anna Fox, Joy Gregory, Jane Hilton, Tom Hunter, Karen Knorr, Carolyn Mendelsohn, Simon Roberts and Michele Sank.
More information here: https://rps.org/Generations
**** Daily Telegraph “a stirring testament to lives fully lived”
Evening Standard “a connection built from one generation to another in order to benefit us”
Daily Express “revealing how joy can come from even the darkest of beginnings”
UNESCO and the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain present the exhibition “Generations: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors” in partnership with the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, the Imperial War Museum, Jewish News, the Association of Jewish Refugees, the Permanent Delegation of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to UNESCO, the Permanent Delegation of the Principality of Monaco to UNESCO and the World Jewish Congress.
It showcases over 50 contemporary photos of Holocaust survivors and their families, shining a light on the full lives they have lived and the collective responsibility to cherish their stories.
Photographs from my video portrait series will be installed in the Hall Ségur of the Unesco Headquarters, alongside other photgraphs diplayed on the exterior fences of the building. Exhibition runs 20 January – 4 February 2022.
In addition, one of my video portraits will be broadcast during UNESCO’s online ceremony ‘Remembering the Holocaust’ on 27 January 2022, Holocaust Memorial Day, at 6pm (Paris time GMT+1). The livestream will be broadcast on their YouTube channel here.
Songs of the Sky: Photography & the Cloud is a group exhibition at c/o Berlin in Germany and features a collection of The Celestials cyanotype works.
Humans have always looked to the sky in order to predict the future. No other motif has driven science and art over the past century like that of clouds. Today we look into the cloud – the central metaphor of the digital age. As global corporations use the nebulous concept of the cloud to conceal the material body of our contemporary computer and internet technology, artists look to cloud motifs to reveal the databased ways in which our lives are organized and stored. Whereas photographs of the heavens allowed photographers to display their technical prowess in the nineteenth century, today they are proof of our machine’s digital intelligence.
In the international group show Songs of the Sky, C/O Berlin places contemporary artworks into dialogue with selected materials from the history of photography, in order to explore the metaphor of the cloud as a motif in photography as parallels the technical cloud, investigating decentralized network structures that have determined our everyday lives for some time now.
The exhibition will be shown at Les Rencontres d‘Arles in 2022.
The show is curated by Kathrin Schönegg and includes works by Marie Clerel, Raphael Dallaporta, Noemie Goudal, Harun Farocki, Noa Jansma, Stefan Karrer, Evan Roth, Adrian Sauer, Shinseungback Kimyonghun, Lisa Oppenheim and others.
Held every year without fail, the Summer Exhibition is a celebration of contemporary art and architecture. Anyone can enter their work – leading artists, household names, new and emerging talent – and it provides a platform for the artistic community to showcase what they’re doing. This year’s exhibition includes over 1,300 works selected by coordinator Yinka Shonibare and a panel of artists, under the theme of ‘Reclaiming Magic’.
Image: Ivor Wieder with his grandchildren Nadav, Daniella and Adiel, London, May 2021 (04:03 mins)
In partnership with the Royal Photographic Society (RPS), Jewish News, the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and Dangoor Education, Generations: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors showcases new works from 13 contemporary photographers, all members and Fellows of the RPS, alongside photography by RPS patron, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge.
My contribution to the exhibition is six video portraits of survivors, which are accompanied by the words of family members, each of whom describes the legacy their relative’s experience of the Holocaust has had on their own lives and upbringing. These family members are revealed later in the video portrait, as is an object the survivor sees as particularly significant, such as a tattooed identification number, religious text or family photograph.
Displayed for the very first time, these powerful photographs capture the special connections between Holocaust survivors and the younger generations of their families.
The systematic persecution of Europe’s Jews by the Nazis between 1933 and 1945 led to the mass extermination of 6 million lives. For those who survived, its memory and impact were life changing.
Through a series of individual and family portraits, the moving photographs in this exhibition present a group of survivors who made the UK their home after beginnings marked by unimaginable loss and trauma. While offering a space to remember and share their stories, these portraits are a celebration of the rich lives they have lived and the special legacy which their children and grandchildren will carry into the future.
Photographers include Frederic Aranda, Sian Bonnell, Jillian Edelstein, Arthur Edwards, Anna Fox, Joy Gregory, Jane Hilton, Tom Hunter, Karen Knorr, Carolyn Mendelsohn, Simon Roberts, Michelle Sank and Hannah Starkey.
The exhibition will move to the Royal Photographic Society in Bristol from January 2022.