Category Archives: Art Fairs & Biennales

Colombo Art Biennale 2012 audio podcast with festival founder and director Annoushka Hempel

With just 12 days to go till the Colombo Art Biennale (CAB) opens – from 15-19 February – the Roaming Eye (tRE) caught up with CAB  festival founder and director Annoushka Hempel to find out more ahead of the opening.

Annoushka kindly spared 30 mins to talk to Hotshoe Blog about how the festival started in post-conflict Sri Lanka, its aims, the type of works on show, funding, the theme ‘Becoming’, and future developments and hopes. The festival takes place across three sites Park Street Mews, JDA Perera Gallery and the National Art Gallery.

The audio is just under 30 mins long and it’s really worth listening to every second. So, why not tune in while you cook, clean or just sit back and listen.

Click on the link below – it goes lime green – then follow it the podcast named CAB Annoushka Hempel_Audio1 and click again for it to load. Enjoy.

Colombo Art Biennale 2012 interview with Annoushka Hempel

For those who like visuals, watch this video I am  (1m 59s) – a multimedia exploration of identity through the lives of Sri Lankan elders. It reflects on the question: Was there a time when Sri Lankans didn’t describe themselves as Sinhalese, Tamil, Muslim or Burgher? and is a journey seeking a generation who identified themselves based on kith and kin, livelihoods and hometowns as they did in times of lore and in so doing it sheds light on questions about identity and experiences of conflict.

Kannan Arunasalam’s journey took him to Jaffna, Kandy and Galle, where he visited churches, kovils, temples and mosques and was welcomed into people’s homes and workplaces. He met and photographed elders; many wise men and women who trusted him with their life stories.

Also here’s another video snippet (1m 13s) with Nigel Sense (Australia) – one of the featured artists at the Colombo Art Biennale 2012.

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VIP Art Fair 2.0 returns for a second year online from 3 to 8 February

Enter the Art World online from tomorrow, preview day today.

VIP Art Fair online discussion with Catherine Opie 3 February 10:00 EST

For the second year, the VIP Art Fair 2.0 (Viewing In Private, not Very Important Person) goes live to the general public from tomorrow 3-8 February and further expands its geographic footprint, with over 115 galleries representing 33 countries. New for the fair is the Editions and Multiples hall, where museums and art institutions will offer multiples and editions for purchase during the fair.

There are a number of online discussions including:

VIP Art Fair online discussion with Ai Weiwei 3 February 10:00 EST.

The Art Market with Michael Plummer today at 10:00 EST as well as Catherine Opie: ‘Girlfriends‘ with Diana Nyad and Ai Weiwei: ‘Surveillance Camera’ tomorrow at 10:00 EST. You need to sign up to take part.

VIP 2.0 is available on all browsers, iPad, and all major mobile devices. See last years’ post about the Gagosian Gallery at the VIP Art Fair.

Hotshoe Blog supports second Colombo Art Biennale 2012

Just a quick post to point readers, and those who land on the site intentionally or unintentionally, to the Colombo Art Biennale 2012 taking place next month from 15-19 February inclusive. Hotshoe Blog doesn’t carry advertising usually but is happy to support artistic and photographic endeavours worldwide, such as festivals and event, particularly those that are new or have only recently been established.

Plus, The Roaming Eye has fallen in love with Sri Lanka; its people, the diversity of the landscape, the warmth and the organised chaos. And, despite the huge challenges facing many people in aspects of economic, social and political life – people still smile. Smile, because you can and it’s free.

So, do spread the word about the second biennale and set it as a date in your calender. The Roaming Eye will be chatting with one of the directors Annoushka Hempel this week and will be visiting the festival for two days in February. Back to some photo news round ups for the next post.

Photo News – Colombo Art Biennial and the Roaming Eye arrives in Sri Lanka

I made it. Hotshoe Blog will for the next five weeks have the Roaming Eye (tRE) reporting from Asia – Sri Lanka and Singapore – as well as covering its usual eclectic mix of photo-related news. Any leads, events or photographers from, or living in these countries, let us know and we can take a look at what you do.

It’s time to get away from the desk and from the usual stream of photo PR, which we will still be covering, and get out and about on a voyage of discovery. While tRE adjusts to the East and a different time frame, I leave you with two music videos. One sums up the experience of travelling and is the theme tune for the Eye, the other reminded me of many photos I have seen in documentary projects shot in and around Eastern Europe. Images and sound, but particularly music, have a power to transport me… I hope these do too. Till tomorrow and a report on the Colombo Art Biennale (CAB) taking place from 15-19 February.

“The Second Edition of the Colombo Art Biennale with “Becoming” Sri Lankan Contemporary Culture at it’s very best. Experience the City of Colombo over a period of five days becoming an artistic phenomenon. The Colombo Art Biennale this year adopting the theme of “Becoming”, which will be reflected by the astonishing variety of the best of the best contemporary art on show. “Becoming” will be showcased at The National Art Gallery, JD Perera Gallery, Park Street Mews and Maradana Warehouse Project.”

Roam – B52s

I Believe – Simian Mobile Disco

Photo News – PhotoBook London final call for self-published book submissions and print auction for Japan both at Hotshoe Gallery

PHOTOBOOK LONDON
If you have a self-published book that you want to expose, then check out the PhotoBook London book fair and follow this link, PhotoBook submissions. The deadline for submissions is 8 August and it is free, however, if your book is selected you will need to provide two copies, including the one you submit, to PhotoBook London in exchange.

The PhotoBook London fair is a weekend event at Hotshoe Gallery, London running from 2 – 5 September to promote independent and self published photo books as well as give photographers and publishers a platform to get their books seen and sold. There will also be around 15 carefully-selected publishers and a curated table of individual self published book submissions.

PRINT SALE & AUCTION FOR JAPAN
Architecture for Humanity and Hotshoe Gallery will host a charity print sale/auction of photographs on 5 August at Hotshoe Gallery from 6-8pm to raise funds for the long term reconstruction of the tsunami devastated north east region of Japan.

The prints will be on show from 2 August and will go up for auction on 5 August. There will also be a chance to bid on the pictures during the course of the exhibition, so some may fetch a higher end price.

The photographs were submitted through an open call with a brief “to evoke and celebrate Japanese culture”. The response was overwhelming with entries from both established and emerging photographers from all over the world and now 100 photographs have been selected for the charity print sale and auction.

All proceeds will go directly to the Architecture for Humanity project office in Sendai. All the photographs are framed (30cm×40cm), Lamda C-type prints on Fuji Crystal Archive paper. The starting donation is £50 which includes the print and frame.

Architecture for Humanity, a non profit organisation which offers building and design support in response to humanitarian and emergency needs, is working on the ground in Sendai on a number of projects including an orphanage, an art and music therapy centre, an ‘urban acupuncture’ initiative to help get small businesses back on their feet to kick start economic recovery on a local level, a small scale fishing village reconstruction (rebuilding along the coastline is not included in the Japanese government’s 10 year plan). The operation is being headed by a team of top Japanese architects and overseen by the charity’s founder, Cameron Sinclair.

Contributing Photographers include:
Alekh Ajayaghosh, Maxwell Anderson, Rumi Ando, Guy Archard, Jake Baggaley, Jamie Box, Rachel Brown, Jake Burge, Douglas Capron, James Carney, Akos Czigany, Kate Elliott, Meighan Ellis, Niccolò Fano, Lisa Fleming, Ryo Fujimoto, Clare Gallagher, Shinsuke Kiryu, Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek, Yuri Gomi, Brian Griffin, Sunil Gupta, Tom Hartford, Fiona Harvey, Kelly Hill, Thom Hudson, Tom Hunter, Barry W Hughes, Marcin Jary, James O Jenkins, Maria Kapajeva, Heidi Kayla, Fujimi Kawase, Dong Yoon Kim, Yuki Kishino, Shiho Kito, Karen Knorr, Bashi Kolibarova, Koichi Kuroda, Marten Lange, John Maclean, William Mackrell, Masayo Matsuda, Nektarios Markogiannis, Peter McDonnell, Chris Meigh-Andrews, Kanji Mizutani, Sara Naim, David Nix, Laura Noel, Jenny Nordquist, Yuji Obata, Eye Ohashi, Ale, Pavlou, Marian Alanso Perez, Peter Puklus, Wendy Pye, Bruno Quinquet, Pedro Ramos, Andras Ridovics, Stephen Roe, Christina Saez, Micah Sarut, Yann Sivault, Candice Shavalia, Evsen Sobek, Rachel Stanley, Go Takayama, Aruha Yamaoka , Keita Yasukawa, Rasmus Vasli, Donald Weber