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!

Works from my series New Vedute will be on show at the Museum of Rome as part of Photographers in Rome: Rome Commission 2003-2017 group exhibition.

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/

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: 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).

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.