Now, I’d like to invite you to a new exhibition I’m involved with. It runs from the 8th to the 11th of June (2016) at Platform Gallery in Southwark (right near the Young Vic).
Platform is a new art and performance space. Once derelict and empty, the ex cork warehouse has been taken over by a collective of artists who not only provide a temporary project space for the local community but also have a remit to encourage and promote groundbreaking art, music and performance.
The exhibition is called Yesterday’s News and brings together the work of three photographers, documenting three major disasters, across thirty years: Chernobyl, Bosnia and Nepal. Despite detailing three very different tragedies, all the work shares an interest in examining how people live in the wake of catastrophe.
There are a series of mixed media immersive events going on as part of the run. A panel discussion featuring Jane Corbin (of panorama fame) and Tony Barber of the FT is on the 8th – I have the great honour and responsibility of chairing this discussion but despite that I’m sure it will provoke an interesting debate as we explore what the concept of Yesterday’s News means in today’s context. Please contact us if you’d like to attend the discussion.
I’ve made a short film called ‘A Trilogy of Portraits‘ which gives an insight into each photographer’s inspiration and motivation. It will be shown as part of an installation by set designers to create an immersive journey for viewers. The photographers present their work in collaboration with other artists and the experience intends to create an atmosphere that engages all of the viewers senses. A bespoke sound design which is mirrored during the introduction and ending of the film will fill the room and visitors will be invited to become involved in the textures of the three dimensional installation.
The film as always was good fun to make, I’ve tried to tap into each photographer’s soul – unearthing what makes them tick and why they express themselves through the medium of the lens. Each individual portrait follows a loose format where we meet each of them on a shoot and in their private workspace, and the whole narrative is interspersed with smatterings of their own work.
‘A Trilogy of Portraits‘
For a full run down of all the events, artists and speakers involved in the exhibition take a look at the Platform website here or the YN facebook page here.