Image: Detail of ‘South Downs Way, East Sussex, 2007’ from the series, We English

British Landscape and the Imagination: 1970s to Now

I have several pieces included in this group show, an Arts Council Collection National Partner Exhibition running from 30 SEP – 21 JAN 2018.

This major survey exhibition focuses on artists who have shaped our understanding of the British landscape and its relationship to identity, place and time. Exploring how artists interpret urban and rural landscape through the lens of their own cultural, political or spiritual ideologies, the exhibition reveals the inherent tensions between landscape represented as a transcendental or spiritual place, and one rooted in social and political histories.

Though primarily photography, A Green and Pleasant Land includes film, painting and sculpture by over 50 artists, illustrating the various concerns and approaches to landscape pursued by artists from the 1970s to now.

 

Artists included in the exhibition: Keith Arnatt, Gerry Badger, Craig Barker, John Blakemore, Henry Bond and Liam Gillick, Paul Caponigro, Thomas Joshua Cooper, John Davies, Susan Derges, Mark Edwards, Anna Fox, Melanie Friend, Hamish Fulton, Fay Godwin, Andy Goldsworthy, Paul Graham, Mishka Henner, Paul Hill, Robert Judges, Angela Kelly, Chris Killip, John Kippin, Karen Knorr, Ian Macdonald, Ron McCormick, Mary McIntyre, Peter Mitchell, Raymond Moore, John Myers, Martin Parr, Mike Perry, Ingrid Pollard, Mark Power, Paul Reas, Emily Richardson, Ben Rivers, Simon Roberts, Paul Seawright, Andy Sewell, Theo Simpson, Graham Smith, Jem Southam, Jo Spence, John Stezaker, Paddy Summerfield, The Caravan Gallery, Chris Wainwright, Patrick Ward, Clare Woods and Donovan Wylie.

http://www.townereastbourne.org.uk/exhibition/a-green-and-pleasant-land/

Image: Karl Hugo Schmölz © Archiv Wim Cox

A series of my works in the Art Collection Deutsche Börse will be included in the group exhibition, “Work & Leisure” which will be exhibited in The Cube, Eschborn, Germany.

Dates: 12 May to 8 September 2017

The exhibition “Work & Leisure” devotes itself to the two living environments which most impact everyday human life. The displayed photographs cover a broad range of different working environments and conditions that dominate workers’ rhythm of life. This ranges from images of Brazilian mine workers in the works of Sebastião Salgado and surface mining areas in the former German Democratic Republic by Inge Rambow to Andreas Gursky’s trading floors of international stock exchanges and Candida Höfer’s images of library reading halls. Set against these workplace images, the exhibition shows photographs depicting recreational activities and diversion, recounting the places and rituals sought out to find regeneration. This can seem somewhat bizarre in the works of Martin Parr and Jürgen Nefzger, while the works of Lucas Foglia and Simon Roberts tell of where the quest for leisure in the vastness of nature can lead. The central theme of the exhibition is therefore the search for identity and freedom of the individual in everyday life, covering various periods, regions and cultures.

With more than 100 photographs by 28 artists of the Art Collection Deutsche Börse, “Work & Leisure” offers a multifaceted artistic insight into the places we spend a large part of our lifetime in, which in turn makes them highly relevant, to society as a whole as well as to the private realm of the individual.

The exhibition is curated by Anne-Marie Beckmann, Sebastian Knoll and Annekathrin Müller.

To sign up for a tour, please visit: http://bit.ly/2pezN2M

You can find more about the Collection here: https://www.deutscheboersephotographyfoundation.org/en/collect/artists.php

A series of my photographs made for the Rome Commission are included in the group exhibition Colosseo Un’Icona on show at the Colosseum in Rome.

For more information about visiting: http://www.coopculture.it/en/colosseo-e-shop.cfm

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The ambulatory of the second order of the Flavian Amphitheatre will host the exhibition entitled “Colosseum. Icon “, curated by Rossella Rea, Serena Romano and Richard Santangeli Valenzani , with exhibition design by Francesco Cellini .
For the first time the Colosseum is told in an exhibition that will trace the long and intense life of the site over the centuries up to the present day.

The exhibition is divided into six sections arranged in chronological order, through which we will highlight the historical and cultural influence of the amphitheater, which is found in the most diverse: from painting to restoration, from architecture to urban planning, from the show literature, sociology and politics.

Over time, the monument has become the symbol par excellence of eternity and power of civilization and culture. Even today, the attention of the international news, the Colosseum is present in the collective imagination not only of Italian: his myth continues.

The exhibition is promoted by the Superintendence for the Colosseum and the central archaeological area of Rome, with Electa. It ‘also accompanied by volume The Colosseum Book and will follow the catalog, both published by Electa.

The alphabet is reinvented in this display of critically acclaimed photographers exploring new notions of the age-old teaching tool for children – the alphabet book. I is for… Imagine, N is for… Now, W is for…Who, What, Where, Why?

The exhibition brings together a collection of international photography heroes and acclaimed photographers from various walks of life. Among the 26 artists are Martin Parr, Nan Goldin, Wolfgang Tillmans, Alec Soth, Simon Roberts, Peter Lindbergh and Sebastiao Salgado.

This display is based on a book recently published by Berlin-based publishing house Tarzipan Books.

More information here:

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Prints from The Last Moment are included in this group exhibition at The Pully Museum of Art.

‘Evidences of Reality – Photography Face With Its Shortcomings’ addresses the materiality of the medium and some strategies developed by contemporary artists that cut, tear, puncture or scratch paper to better reveal the essence. This exhibition allows to present to a broad public works of international but also local artists with a stage design in partnership with the CEPV (Centre for Vocational Education of Vevey), under the direction of Nicolas Savary. It is a great pleasure for the Art Museum and the City of Pully able to organize this exhibition under the scientific police Pauline Martin, art historian and specialist in photography but also associate curator at the Musée de l’Elysée.

Artists presented include: Martina Bacigalupo, Eric Baudelaire, Rebecca Bowring, Aliki Braine, F & D Cartier, Cai Dongdong, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Mishka Henner, Laurent Kropf, Bill McDowell, Simon Rimaz, Simon Roberts, Miguel Rothschild and Joachim Schmid Vionnet.

For Pauline Martin, “the work presented in this exhibition play with the frustration caused by photography, which awakens the desire of reality without it nevertheless allows to grasp it. The artists deliberately play with the tension between one side paper that is exhibited and the other a referent disappears. The viewer can touch neither the first nor the second ever see. It will, however, pleased to note, with the artists themselves, that photography is more than a picture: it raises questions constantly about our relationship to the living, and its possible disappearance. ”

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I’m launching a new series of work as part of the group exhibition ‘Unfamiliar Familiarities: Outside Views on Switzerland’, an initiative of the Swiss Foundation for Photography, co-produced by the Musée de l’Elysée and with the support of Switzerland Tourism.

Switzerland’s image has been significantly shaped by photographs dedicated to tourism. With spectacular mountain panoramas, rural idylls or portraits of local people the country could be successfully marketed, and these photographs also made an important contribution towards national identity. Another consequence, however, was that the respective pictorial repertoire became inflated and stereotyped.

Switzerland Tourism has chosen an unusual project to mark its 100th anniversary in 2017 with the aim of exploiting the potential of photography anew. The Swiss Foundation for Photography (Winterthur) and the Musée de l’Elysée (Lausanne) invited five internationally renowned photographers to scrutinise Switzerland in their capacity as independent, subjective and sensitive observers – unrestricted by any advertising commission.

What Alinka Echeverría (Mexiko/UK), Shane Lavalette (USA), Eva Leitolf (Germany), Simon Roberts (UK) and Zhang Xiao (China) discovered on their travels around the country or along its borders is both inspiring and revealing. Their exciting, poetic or mysterious-enigmatic images invite viewers to see the familiar with the eyes of an outsider.

My series is called ‘Sight Sacralization: (Re)framing Switzerland’ and includes this photograph:

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Image: Gornergrat, Zermatt, Switzerland, 2016 (Lambda Print, 48×60″)

Unfamiliar Familiarities is curated by Tatyana Franck, Peter Pfrunder and Lars Willumeit. A boxed set of publications to accompany the exhibition is being published by Lars Müller Publishers.

Exhibition at the Fotostiftung Schweiz, Winterthur: 11 February to 7 May 2017; at the Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne: 25 October 2017 to 7 January 2018

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Several prints from my series Polyarnye Nochi are included in this group exhibition in the Print Sales Room at The Photographers’ Gallery.

WHEN FROST WAS SPECTRE-GREY
18 November 2016 – 15 January 2017

 

I leant upon a coppice gate
When Frost was spectre-grey,
And Winter’s dregs made desolate
The weakening eye of day.

Thomas Hardy
The Darkling Thrush, 1899

An exhibition of winter landscapes featuring; Evgenia Arbugaeva, Tamas Dezso, Paul Hart, Nicholas Hughes, Martina Lindqvist, Simon Roberts & Pentti Sammallahti.

My photograph, ‘Fountains Fell, Yorkshire Dales, 2008’, from We English, has just entered the Sheffield Museum Collection and is included in the group show Street View: Photographs of Urban Life.

This exhibition explores how photographers have captured city life on camera in Sheffield, around the UK and abroad, bringing together a series of highlights from the collection, many of which have not been on display for over 20 years.

The invention of smaller, lighter hand-held cameras in the late 19th century enabled photographers to escape the restrictions of the studio and take their practice onto the street. Ever since, the street has appeared in photographs as both a primary subject and an informative backdrop, contextualising the rest of the scene. This exhibition explores the diversity of the street; as a social space, as a battleground for protest and as a source of artistic inspiration.

Street View showcases photographs by both internationally recognised photographers and local artists. The images on display span the everyday to the extraordinary, from familiar depictions of work and leisure to images of national celebration and political activism.

The exhibition is supported by loans from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Hyman Collection.

This exhibition has been organised in partnership with the Victoria and Albert Museum, supported by the Art Fund with the assistance of the Foyle Foundation.

 

An exhibition curated by The Photographers’ Gallery, London, includes a series of my We English prints. It is continuing its tour this summer to Three Shadows Gallery in Xiamen, China from August 16th – October 2016.

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Installation view, Work, Rest & Play: British Photography from the 1960s to Today , Three Shadows Photography Centre, Xiamen, China, 2016

Work, Rest & Play is structured chronologically, with the themes of ‘work’, ‘rest’ and ‘play’ providing a backdrop through which to experience the images and the subjects they focus on. This exhibition features over 450 works by thirty-seven acclaimed photographers and artists working across a wide range of genres and disciplines including photojournalism, portraiture, fashion and fine art.

Artists included in the exhibition include Terence Donovan, James Barnor, Linda McCartney, Shirley Baker, Derek Ridgers, Martin Parr, Toby Glanville, Jason Evans, Tim Walker, Nigel Shafran, Lorenzo Vitturi, Melanie Manchot and Simon Roberts, to name a few.

The exhibition has previously been exhibited at OCT-Loft, Shenzhen; Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai and Visual Arts Centre, OCT-Chengdu as part of the 2015 UK-China Year of Culture organized by the British Council.

A specially commissioned essay by writer and historian Lucy Soutter, on the key themes of the show, can be read here. Installation views of the exhibition in Xiamen can be viewed here, alongside documentation of all the other installations of the project.

I will be exhibiting several prints from my Motherland and Polyarnye Nochi series in the group show- Northern Light: Landscape Photography and Evocations of the North.

The exhibition and related conference explores the ways that photographic images address notions of a Northern landscape – whether drawing on established traditions of art and photography or whether concerned with contemporary photographic and lens based practice.  The conference will bring together scholars and practitioners to discuss a wide range of practices and critical approaches, from both contemporary and historical perspectives.

The exhibition – to be held in the SIA Gallery, Sheffield Hallam University – will open for a private view on July 4th and will then be open to the public until July 31st.

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Where:
Sheffield Hallam University – Howard Street, Sheffield S1 1WB, United Kingdom – View Map

The premise of the exhibition is to explore what constitutes contemporary photographic practice in relation to Northern Landscape and its representations.   We welcome a diversity of responses ranging from documentary to experimental.