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/
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!
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
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.
Monday to Saturday
10:30am – 17:00pm
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: