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Keep Photofusion Moving: support the crowdfunding campaign now

Anthony Carr, Big Bar Lake Ranch Revisited, 2014

Anthony Carr, Big Bar Lake Ranch Revisited, 2014

Today I want to point readers to a crowdfunding campaign for Photofusion photography centre in Brixton London that is very dear to my heart. To date, the campaign is currently at £28,185 of a target of £40,000 with 29 days but we still need to push for more as it’s an all-or-nothing-campaign and ends on 2 June at 16.25.

There have been 212 backers so far including renowned photographer Wolfgang Tillmans who pledged an amazing £1,500 last week. If the momentum keeps up at this rate Photofusion’s campaign should meet its target but we need to keep letting people know. So please share this post and the campaign link: Keep Photofusion Moving.

Today I’m going to Photofusion to be filmed on camera regarding why I think Photofusion is important. That’s easy to answer, particularly as I have been involved with the organisation in a variety of capacities over the last decade.

I judge the annual Hotshoe Photofusion award—now in its seventh year— and via this have supported a number of emerging photographers who are also members of Photofusion. The winners from 2010-2015 are:

Anthony Carr (2015)
Lucia Pizanni (2014)
Katerina Mudronova (2013)
Liane Lang (2012)
Chloe Sells (2011)
Odette England (2010)

Photofusion is a hub, a place to meet, to take risks, to experiment, to discuss and to create. It has a mentoring and professional programme, SELECT and has hosted numerous exhibitions by many, now well-known, photographers in the early days of their career. I have also delivered and chaired talks, have been writing for its website and use the darkroom and digital scanning facilities to create personal work.

Please spread the word, share this campaign and Keep Photofusion Moving.


Impronta series, 2103 by Lucia Pizanni, Collodion wet plates on aluminium




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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Photo Stroll – Liane Lang’s Fallen on show at Art First Projects London

I am interested in the idea of the sculptural object that has forfeited its role to be treated and seen as an artwork. Traditionally the sculpted figure loses its status as artwork the closer it becomes to being life‐like, ranging from the marble carving down to the tawdry side‐show reputation of the wax work. The Socialist statues, many made with great skill by important sculptors of the time, became culpable by association and lost their status as artwork in this way.

“Central to this series is the notion of iconoclasm, which continues into other projects. The statue becomes the object of bodily punishment in acts of iconoclasm, being treated as a symbolic site for physical humiliation, injury and execution in lieu of the real body. The symbolic act of deposition is often more powerful and long lasting than the fate of person portrayed.” Liane Lang


Winner of last year’s Hotshoe Photofusion Award, Liane Lang has a new solo show on until 11 May at Art First Projects London. I knew of Lang’s work from a previous post, way back when her series Monumental Misconceptions first came to my attention.

Needless to say, I went along to the private view last week to see Lang’s photographic and sculptural work and support her. I also grabbed a few shots for my Photo Stroll and was pleased to find out that she has also been selected for the Art Omi Residency 2013 in New York State this summer. If you are anywhere near the West End in London, do pop by and take a look. All the works are for sale; the photos are C-type prints in editions of 3 in two sizes and the cold-cast bronze statues are editions of 3 also. (ASIDE: The cold-cast bronze technique is one that is familiar; my mum worked for South African sculptor Giovanni Schoeman in Covent Garden in the 1970s and used to teach people how to cast them using the technique. Giovanni, however, met an untimely and rather gruesome end in a triple execution-style killing. Yes, this is true.)

Anyway, back to the show. Lang’s show Fallen “combines elements of her ongoing series of works undertaken during her residency at the Memento Sculpture Park in Budapest (the resting place of discarded and exiled monumental sculptural works from the socialist era in Hungary) with a new series of sculptures that take as their subject defaced and destroyed monuments to dictators and deposed leaders – the sculptures themselves derive from documentation of these acts of symbolic violence: from the black and white footage of the Czar’s statue being torn down by horse-power in Eisenstein’s 1928 film October, to contemporary footage of a different kind of horsepower at work on the iconic statue of Saddam Hussein in 2003.”

“The role of scale in art is questioned in the show. “In the case of monumental sculpture, the sense of subjective appreciation or interpretation is determinedly overridden by the artist – the work has a distinct purpose and employs tried‐and‐tested mechanisms in its approach to materials and scale to achieve its function – to depict the subject as heroic; all‐powerful; permanent. By tweaking one of these vital mechanisms – scale – Lang is able to create space for a much broader range of interpretations.

“The statuesque subjects of her works are variously belittled (in their reduction to sculptural miniatures) or revealed as grotesques as Lang introduces her life‐size simulacra to them, highlighting the absurdity of their heroic poses. The resulting original works thus retain the echo of the appropriated sculptures polemic message, but create room around them for humour and a strange and haunting beauty, born of empathy – for the mighty (however tyrannical) brought low, and for the very human condition of impermanence.” Press release.
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Photo exhibition news – What’s On, it’s show time

© Polly Morgan, UK Carrion Call (detail), photo courtesy of the artist and Moniker

© Liane Lang, Material Displeasure, courtesy of the artist and the gallery

There’s a photo feast coming up in Europe with fairs, shows and events including the Brighton Photo Biennial and Brighton Photo Fringe (2 October-14 November) taking place in south east England, photo-month (1 October-30 November) in east London, Frieze Art Fair (11-17 October) in Regent’s Park, London, and Paris Photo (18-21 November). With so much to see, it’s an exhibition extravaganza, so today’s post picks out just a few of the shows that I’ll be saving the date for.

Featured above, taxidermist Polly Morgan joins Swoon, Steve ‘ESPO’ Powers, Herakut, Banksy, Ben Eine, Titi Freak and Shepard Fairey in the line-up at the inaugural MONIKER International Art Fair (14-17 October), which is launching next month and will be held in Village Underground, a Victorian warehouse in Shoreditch, east London, to coincide with Frieze week. Morgan is also one of the artists in the show VANITAS: The Transience of Earthly Pleasures which is also opening to coincide with Frieze week, see later in post.

Liane Lang’s latest photographic works, Monumental Misconceptions: A Journey through Sculptural Budapest, will be on show at The Gallery Soho, London from 27 September-3 October. Lang spent months in Budapest photographing Soviet era monuments that had been ripped down after the fall of communism…

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