Zed Nelson’s Shelter in Place and Alina Kisina’s City of Home – Texas and Kiev under the lens

Screen shot from film SHELTER IN PLACE © Zed Nelson, photo courtesy of the photographer

In London and not sure what to do on Wednesday evening? Why not head over to the Curzon cinema in Soho London where documentary filmmaker and photojournalist, Zed Nelson will be screening his latest film Shelter in Place, shortlisted for a Grierson Best Newcomer Award 2010. Starts at 6:40pm with a Q & A after the screening with Nelson and producer Hannah Patterson.

For a longer lead time on other events, this time in Scotland, Alina Kisina’s solo show City of Home opens at Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow on 5 Feb and runs until 3 April.

Shelter in Place is directed and filmed by Nelson and offers: “A compelling portrait of a community living on the fenceline of the Texan petro-chemical industry. Civil rights, environmental pollution and a battle against unstoppable corporate power…”

“In Texas, petro-chemical plants routinely release millions of tons of toxic pollutants into the air each year, plus thousands more in ‘accidental’ releases. When these incidents happen, local residents are advised to shelter in their homes and tape up their windows and doors.”

It will be showing with Petropolis directed by Peter Mettler which takes “a look at the world’s largest environmental oil disaster, Alberta Tar Sands, Canada”. Cost for event £12.50.

I first met Alina at a photography conference organised a couple of years ago in Manchester by Redeye Photo Network where I gave a talk on Hotshoe and magazine publishing in the digital age. To hear an interview with Kisina about City of Hope, click on the link and tune into Alina Kisina on Radio Cafe. It’s five mins long.

© Alina Kisina, photo courtesy of the artist

“Alina Kisina’s photographic series City of Home might, at first glance, seem merely aimed at capturing the daily life of her hometown of Kiev, Ukraine. Yet Kisina’s strangely evocative photographs are concerned less with documentary impressions than with opening up realms above and beyond the mundane images that define the surface of her work.

“For the subway steps, skylines, facades, and factory lots that Kisina depicts resonate with an order that seems not of this world. Her pictures—often quite literally—reflect realms that seem to be existing side-by-side with or beyond the mere material givens of her everyday subject matter. Although superficially static, her serene, perfectly composed photographs actively lead us into higher realms that are uplifting and light: they cause us to transcend the materiality of everyday existence and enter into planes of experience heretofore unknown.”

Raoul Eshelman, University of Munich

© Alina Kisina, photo courtesy of the artist



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