Photo Show – Cream 15: a showcase of Graduate Photography Talent University of Brighton

This is a quick post to highlight a few bodies of work that I found of interest at Cream 15: a showcase of Graduate Photography Talent curated by Richard Kalman from Crane Kalman at the University of Brighton until 30 October. What immediately struck me was the number of works marking a return to black and white image making as well as the use of  traditional and alternative photographic processes.

My first pick in one of three posts is the work, Duelos y Quebranto (Duels and Destruction), by Sebastian Bruno (website coming soon) from the University of South Wales, Newport. Cream1

I liked this work for a number of reasons not least for the photographer’s eye for the absurd, the surrealist aesthetic in some of the images, the edit, and the way Bruno has responded visually to Cervantes’ Don Quixote. The work is shot in Castilla La Mancha and is, writes the photographer: “this brutal, but sincere, interpretation, a personal journey that delves into the lives and the moral universe of the inhabitants of Castilla La Mancha”.





After a two-year break, you can catch the work of all 17 recent graduates from universities and colleges around the country and northern Ireland ranging from Westminster to Glasgow; London to Newport and Brighton to Ulster.

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The exhibition is open from Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm. Closed on Sundays. For more information, click on this link: What’s on gallery University of Brighton

Interactive storytelling: Journey inside the homes of women living in a Delhi resettlement slum

Bawana JJ Colony by Rajan Zaveri and Kamala Kelkar.

Bawana JJ Colony by Rajan Zaveri and Kamala Kelkar.

Bawana JJ Colony
A new immersive documentary on women’s issues in a resettlement slum in Delhi has been launched using interactive approaches to visual storytelling.

Producer Rajan Zaveri and journalist Kamala Kelkar invite the viewer to embark on an insightful multimedia journey through the area and to explore the homes of four women and their families living there. This documentary is a visceral and educational experience using first-person, fixed 3D perspective and navigation. Furthermore, the four mini documentary interviews give voice to these women’s lives, revealing aspects that are often hidden. The work’s beautiful visual presentation combines with the powerful interviews to give a genuine insight into the plight of the residents. I highly recommend this journey.

Click on this link to enter the interactive documentary: Bawana JJ Colony.

Bawana JJ Colony by Rajan Zaveri and Kamala Kelkar.

Still image from the interactive site Bawana JJ Colony by Rajan Zaveri and Kamala Kelkar.

From the website: “It’s been a decade since many of the families living in this relocation slum were forced out of what used to be Delhi’s biggest shantytown to make way for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

“Initially, living in a central community called Yamuna Pushta on the banks of the Yamuna River, their homes were demolished because they were said to be polluting the area. They, and many other slum dwellers in the past decade were forced to relocate here, a remote resettlement post located on the outskirts of Delhi, two hours from the city centre.”

Their stories can be seen and heard in greater detail, using the interactive features. Here, four women will show you the struggles they face every day, and how the isolation has changed their lives.

The work is also featured on PRI’s The World as part of its ‪#HerRights‬ series.


Empowering Yazidi women through photography UNICEF-supported workshop in Iraq

Bushra, 16, takes a photo of men playing cards in her camp. Photo: UNICEF/Iraq/2015/Mackenzie

Bushra, 16, takes a photo of men playing cards in her camp. Photo: UNICEF/Iraq/2015/Mackenzie

I’ve learned so much. I learned to communicate with people. I’ve built up much more confidence. Now I want to become a photojournalist. Bushra, aged 16.

Another quick post to point you to a UNICEF-supported photography project that aims to empower Yazidi women through photography. These young women are in a camp (near Dohuk in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq) for displaced Iraqis, who have fled the advance of ISIS. The women met every day for two months and were taught photography techniques by two Kurdish photographers.

I’ve just watched a news story about the participants and wanted to share it with you as soon as I could.

Follow this link for more information: Empowering Yazidi Women through photographyThe full article from which the quote is taken is by Lindsay Mackenzie, a consultant with UNICEF Iraq.

Direction donations can be made to UNICEF Iraq:

Follow this link to the article and related videos shown on CNN: Yazidi girls photography refugee camp. 


The second year of START Art Fair at Saatchi Gallery London gets the thumbs up

I’m delighted with the second edition of START and the response of collectors and critics. The gallerists’ presentations combined with START Projects has made for a unique platform and we all look forward to taking this onto the next level for the third edition which will take place from 22 to 25 September 2016. Niru Ratnam, Director of START

A quick post about the response from the Second edition of START from the press release issued today. I was so pleased to see that teamLab was a hit with the press, audience and collectors alike—although, to be honest, it’s no surprise that teamLab’s ‘Flutter of Butterflies beyond Borders’ presentation “received a tremendously positive critical response and was the subject of much press attention, including the Evening Standard during the run of START. As a result, it has been given an extended run from Tuesday 15 to Thursday 17 September with START and the Saatchi Gallery throwing open the doors free of admission.”


Photo © Alexa Hogar

All text below is from the press release:

The second edition of START, presented by Prudential, closed its doors at the Saatchi Gallery on Sunday 13 September with exceptional gallery presentations, increased attendance figures and extremely positive critical response. START will take place again at the Saatchi Gallery in 2016 from 22 to 25 September.

Galleries were delighted with the response of collectors, press and the public alike. Established collectors who visited the fair included Anita Zabludowicz, Fatima Maleki, Maryam Eisler, Catherine Petitgas and Charles Saatchi. START was also attractive to younger collectors including Kaimar Maleki, Will de Quetteville, Philippe Piessens and Arianne Levene. Other high-profile visitors included Middle Eastern financier and art patron Dr. Ramzi Dalloul, celebrity chef Lorraine Pascale and television presenter and choreographer Jason Gardiner.

START Projects received unanimous acclaim for its presentation of non-commercial exhibitions by teamLab, Chim↑Pom and Prudential Eye Zone, which featured contemporary Singaporean artists.

Many galleries reported robust sales of artists new to London’s collectors. Hafez Gallery (Jeddah) were delighted to report sales of Saudi photographer and Goldsmiths’ graduate Nora Alissa whilst +MAS Arte Contemporáneo (Bogota) placed the works of Pilar Vargas into one of Europe’s most important collections. Alludo Room Gallery (Kitzbühel) sold a number of works by New York-based artist Rachel Libeskind, whilst Gallery SoSo (Seoul) placed a number of delicate ink on paper works by Kim In Kyum. Skipwiths (London) enjoyed great success with Korean artist Kwang Young Chun.

The inaugural START Museum Acquisition Prize was awarded to Roman Road (London) with the New Art Gallery Walsall acquiring works by Aida Silvestri.

Marisa Bellani, Director of Roman Road said, “I’m really happy with the institutional support that Aida’s work received. In addition to the acquisition by the New Art Gallery Walsall, her work was also bought by a Tate Patron and we are now starting to get major interest from a number of collectors.”

Nelly Alegre from Osage Gallery which presented the solo exhibition of Au Hoi Lam said, “We are really happy and delighted to have participated in START. It is a good platform for us to know more about the European market. There’s a great level of energy here at START and we’ve had some really good exchanges with both collectors and visitors to our booth.”

Carl E. Smith from CES Gallery (Los Angeles) said, “I think START is amazing. It’s been a great interaction with a new client base. Collectors are extremely interested in the work, the location is beautiful and I’m honoured to be here.”

Kristin Hjellegjerde, owner of Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery said, “I am very happy that I have been part of START. I’ve met some of the biggest collectors in London and several of my own collectors who visited thought it was a high-quality event. The space is fantastic and I believe the fair has a great potential in the future.”

Heejin No, Director of Skipwiths said, “As a young gallery, we’re delighted to have had the opportunity to exhibit with START in such a beautiful environment as the Saatchi Gallery. The space is amazing and the quality of collectors has been very good.”

Carlos Vargas from +MAS Arte Contemporáneo said, “We are a returning gallery and have really enjoyed growing with the fair. The second edition was wonderful and it is a delight to exhibit at the Saatchi Gallery.”

Ludovica Rossi Purini, Director of Alludo Room Gallery said, “We would love to come back to START next year! In the last few days, we’ve met the most interesting collectors ever and we’ve made some really great sales!” The gallery was exhibiting new pieces by Rachel Libeskind, whose work was placed with a number of collectors.

Positive Critical Response
The critical response was overwhelmingly positive. Louisa Buck said in The Art Newspaper, “’START Art Fair is a truly global affair… There are galleries from Bogota to Budapest via Colombo and Cape Town, Jeddah, Lagos, Riga and Seoul which combine a high level of quality with some genuine surprises….Is there room for another art fair in London? In the case of START, the answer has to be a resounding YES!”

Grace Banks, writing for, described the fair, “START offers collectors, writers, curators and art lovers to see some of contemporary art’s most exciting and ground breaking new art all in one place….START [is] one of London’s fastest growing global art fairs.”

Jan Dalley, writing in The Financial Times Weekend said, “The pieces that teamLab creates are beautiful all right, giant immersive works in stunning colours; a cloud of butterflies defies their apparent boundaries.”

Lorena Muñoz-Alonso wrote in, “The intimate scale of the fair, which is also peppered with a number of non-commercial exhibitions as part of its Projects section, makes for accessible and pleasurable viewing.”

“Mark Beech wrote in ArtInfo, “There have been lines of people waiting to get in, both because of the quality of the art and the location at the Saatchi Gallery. While there must be a question on how many more fairs the British capital can take, all competing for collectors’ attention and casual browsers, this one is attracting the curious and is spread across all three floors of the gallery.”

START also received coverage during its run in The Evening Standard and on the Robert Elms show on BBC Radio London 94.9FM. London’s audience responded by visiting in very high numbers, complimenting the collectors, critics and curators. The overall audience visiting START was up by 40% from the inaugural edition.

Please visit for the latest information on START.

Photo Stroll: Two Top Picks teamLab and Liane Lang at START Art Fair Saatchi Gallery London

The second year of the START Art Fair (10-13 September ) EMERGING ARTISTS NEW ART SCENES at the Saatchi Gallery in London opened to the public on Thursday and runs until tomorrow.

Though photography made up a smaller percentage of the art works, there were some strong, engaging and beautiful works on show.

teamLab’s Flutter of Butterflies beyond Borders is a Top Pick, not least because it is an immersive, enchanting, beautiful, and clever installation It was a hit with so many people at the press opening, including myself. So much so that, I joked with one of the Japanese creators,  a humble self -effacing man, Takasu Masakazu (Catalyst) that I wanted to live there. According to Masakazu less than 20, but more than 10 projectors have been used to create the work. For me, it is a work to be experienced rather than written about. Visit the teamLab website for more.

Liane Lang’s body of work, Saints, shown by LOEWE Contemporary, was selected by START’s Fair Director Niru Ratnamshown as a solo presentation in the This is Tomorrow section of the art fair.  “The section focuses on artists whose work is rooted in the contemporary either through the way they work, their subject matter or the context in which they work.” (from press release).

I have been following her work for years now and gave her the Hotshoe Photofusion Award in 2012, so I was delighted to see her included as one of the 12 solo artist presentations. Visit Liane Lang‘s website for more.

I will post further images tomorrow showing the cross section fo work on display. For now, here’s a taster of my Two Top Picks.


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