Thursday, August 5, 2010

Brighton Photo Biennial 2010: New Documents

Brighton Photo Biennial announces the full programme entitled New Documents curated by Martin Parr for BPB 2010, the fourth edition of the Biennial, 2 October – 14 November.
Brighton Photo Biennial is the largest and one of the most exciting curated photography festivals in the UK, and, with 58,000 visitors in 2008, one of the best attended in the world.

New Documents will reflect the immediacy and vibrancy of contemporary photographic practice, the eclectic passions found in collections of historic and vernacular photography and new commissions informed and inspired by the diverse communities and contexts of Brighton & Hove.
Martin Parr, the internationally renowned photographer, editor and curator, will curate five exhibitions presenting an exciting programme of commissioned works from internationally celebrated photographers, vernacular images from historic collections and archives produced by commercial and non-professional photographers, and recent work by a new generation of practitioners including a Johannesburg club bouncer, a Senegalese village portraitist, and a Mexican taxi driver.

Artists and photographers include: Wout Berger (NLD), Mohamed Bourouissa (DZA), Alejandro Chaskielberg (ARG), Josef Heinrich Darchinger (DEU), Esteban Pastorino Diaz (ARG), Ju Duoqi (CHN), Stephen Gill (UK), Oscar Fernando Gomez (MEX), Rinko Kawauchi (JPN), Molly Landreth (USA), Oumar Ly (SEN), Dhruv Malhotra (IND), Billy Monk (ZAF), Suzanne Opton (USA), Viviane Sassen (NLD), Alec Soth (USA) and Zoe Strauss (USA).

All the photographs exhibited as part of BPB 2010 will be produced through the Biennial Print Studio established through the support of HP.

The BPB 2010 education programme responds to Parr's curatorial vision. Multi-platform, artist led projects will present projected, texted, installed, moving, mobile and online photographic images during the Biennial period created by young people from Brighton & Hove and across the South East.

Martin Parr, Guest Curator, commented: "I want to make this festival fresh, distinctive and focused on Brighton & Hove. This city is the ideal venue for a Photo Biennial. It has a natural cultural constituency of its own, and its proximity to London promises a potentially huge audience. By presenting the very best new work in an exciting and imaginative way, Brighton Photo Biennial 2010 will continue to put photography in Brighton & Hove on the national and international map."

"As well as presenting the keynote exhibition at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, we shall use existing partner venues: Fabrica, Lighthouse, University of Brighton Gallery, and partners, Photoworks, plus premiere new and recent work by international photographer's in an unusual, alternative exhibition space in a central city location. This will be a Biennial that can be viewed by people on foot. BPB 2010 will be the first frame-free photography festival in the world. The images will be pinned onto walls. We are working with a range of commercial partners, including HP, manufacturers of state-of-the-art digital printers, who will make all the prints, Blurb, the creative publishing and marketing platform and in association with The Sunday Times Magazine."

"The Biennial Opening Weekend is a must-attend event for anyone seriously interested in photography. There will be an information and publishers hub at the University of Brighton, with talks by invited photographer's including Alec Soth and Esteban Pastorino Diaz, and panel discussions exploring the impact of the digital on the photographic book, practice and the print. "

BPB 2010 opens 2 October until 14 November 2010. Over 85,000 visitors are expected to attend the curated programme and events across Brighton & Hove and the related programme.

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