EXHIBITIONS

BPF is collaborating with many art venues around the city to deliver a long-term programme of photographic exhibitions. The festival is also offering some public displays showcasing the results of our engagement and commissioning programme.

- Summer Showcase -

James Barnor:Ghanaian Modernist

18 May - 31 October 2021 
VENUE: Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Queens Road Bristol BS8 1RL

 

James Barnor was Ghana’s first international press photographer working from his studio Ever Young at the time of independence (1957) and selling his pictures to the Daily Graphic and Drum magazines. He came to Britain in 1959, photographing London and returning to Accra where he established X23, the city’s first colour photography studio. Ghanaian Photographer showcases Barnor’s Black modernism, a fusion of pan- African futurism and 1970s style. 

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© James Barnor. Courtesy of Galerie Clémentine de la Féronnière

Beyond the Frame

Heather Agyepong - Jessa Fairbrother - Lua Ribeira

18 May - 10 October 2021 
VENUE: Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Queens Road Bristol BS8 1RL

Artists Heather Agyepong, Jessa Fairbrother, and Lua Ribeira have been invited to take part in collaborate with Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. The artists’ own work will be displayed alongside and juxtaposed with the Museum’s collections and archives.

Heather Agyepong utilises her own image in her photography, performing a catalogue of identities that have paraded through colonial discourse on African peoples. Her work will be shown among the Grand Tour paintings from the 18 th century  offering a postcolonial perspective on the gallery. Jessa Fairbrother explores images of femininity through the lens of psychoanalysis and her work will be displayed among the museum’s Pre-Raphaelite paintings and modern French art — presenting self-authored contemporary narratives alongside the historic images of women by men. Lua Ribeira’s photographs will be presented amongst the angels and demons of Solario and Bellini and the abstract canvases of the galleries.

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© Heather Agyepong

© Lua Ribeira

© Jessa Fairbrother

Lips Touched with Blood: Sarah Waiswa

18 May - 31 October 2021 
VENUE: Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Queens Road Bristol BS8 1RL

 

Sarah Waiswa, a documentary and portrait photographer based in Kenya, will be collaborating with the British Empire and Commonwealth Collection at Bristol Archives. The exhibition Lips Touched with Blood will showcase a selection of her contemporary portraits of African people alongside portraits from the archives in a thought-provoking display, to reframe and challenge existing narratives around colonialism, power and identity. Sarah draws heavily on the captions of the archive images in her interpretation, and one of these has been used as the title of the exhibition. 

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© Sarah Waiswa, created from original photo by Charles Trotter, copyright Bristol Archives. (right) © Sara Waiswa (left). 

 

Island Life

18 May - 31 October 2021 
VENUE: Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Queens Road Bristol BS8 1RL

 

Island Life: photographs from the Martin Parr Foundation

Island Life focuses on the UK and Irish work in Parr’s collection, providing a biography of life in post-war Britain. It shows the changing fabric of our cities, society and collective identities: documentary photography as anthropology, training the lens on ourselves.

The collection forms a compelling study of national behaviour - how we present ourselves, what we communicate when we're off-guard, and how that has changed over the past 70 years. Moments of political significance like the poll tax riot and the Aberfan mine disaster contrast with weddings, a night in a Butlins lounge or teenagers on the rampage. The everyday - shopping, a haircut, a game of football - acquire a hyper-real quality from the aesthetics of the shot and the passage of time.

Island Life traces the evolution of documentary photography in Britain, the photographers who influenced Parr and the younger generation he's influencing in turn.

 

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© Chris Killip Photography Trust

© Clémentine Schneidermann and Charlotte James

© Paul Graham

© Victor Sloan

© Graham Smith

© Jill Quigley

Jo Spence

From Fairy Tales to Phototherapy
 
Venue: ARNOLFINI
18 May - 20 June 2021
16 Narrow Quay Bristol BS1 4QA
 
Drawn from one of the most comprehensive collections of Jo Spence's works in the world, From Fairy Tales to Phototherapy focuses on the intersection between arts, health and wellbeing, celebrating her work as a photo therapist in which she used photography as a medium to address personal trauma, reflecting on key moments in her past.
 

 

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IN PROGRESS

Laia Abril - Hoda Afshar - Widline Cadet - Adama Jalloh - Alba Zari

Curated by Aaron Schuman

Venue: The Royal Photographic Society
20 May – 24 October 2021
337 Paintworks Arno’s Vale Bristol BS4 3AR
 

IN PROGRESS is a new show commissioned by the RPS consisting of five solo exhibitions of both new work and work-in-progress, by five of the most innovative photographers and photo-based artists working today. The exhibition explores a wide range of issues – including personal history, cultural identity, nationality, community, migration, displacement, memory, responsibility, morality, belief and the creative process – and highlights the diverse possibilities that photography offers in the pursuit of both artistic and social progress.

 

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© Hoda Afshar

© Adama Jalloh

© Laia Abril

© Alba Zari

© Widline Cadet

Chloe Dewe Mathews

 

Venue: Martin Parr Foundation

20 May - 29 August 2021
316 Paintworks Arno’s Vale Bristol BS4 3AR

 

Chloe Dewe Mathews spent five years photographing up and down the River Thames, from its puddling source to great estuary mouth. The resulting series of work, Thames Log, examines the ever-changing nature of our relationship to water, from ancient pagan festivities through to the rituals of modern life.

In Thames Log, Dewe Mathews focuses on lives that overlap regularly with the river but often go unnoticed — ship spotters, who log the continual stream of vessels that pass through Tilbury, and mudlarks as they comb the city sludge for Roman and Saxon treasure. In the countryside, above the tidal river, she encounters a druid coracle builder, a mass baptism and the annual census of royal swans.

 

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Jem Southam

Venue: The Underfall Yard

18 June 2021 - TBC
Cumberland Road Bristol BS1 6XG
 

The Floating Harbour, is a series of photographs of Bristol Harbour made in the late 1970s by Jem Southam providing a unique and definitive portrait of the harbour at a time of rapid change. One of Southam’s first major projects, the photographs were published in ‘Floating Harbour’ (1983) and majority of the works will be exhibited here for the first time.

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Chris Hoare

Venue: Royal Fort Gardens (University of Bristol)
18 June - 18 August 2021

Tyndall Avenue Bristol BS8 1TH

 

Growing Spaces by photographer Chris Hoare is a chronicle of urban land cultivation in Bristol. Since April 2020, Hoare has been slowly and methodically documenting the allotment-goers, landscape and seasonal changes across the official and unofficial growing spaces of the city. The resulting photographs, originally commissioned by Bristol Photo Festival, are published in this new book Growing Spaces to coincide with an exhibition of the work at the inaugural festival in summer 2021. 

Hoare’s project documents eleven sites across the city from established allotment sites to community gardens and improvised plots on disused lands. The project was conceived pre-Covid-19 pandemic but its timing, coinciding with increased demand for green spaces for cultivating produce, allowed him to capture the formation and energy of a growing renaissance.

 

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Jessie Edwards-Thomas

Venue: Arnolfini
1 June - 1 September 2021
16 Narrow Quay Bristol BS1 4QA
 

Jessie Edward Thomas has co-designed and co-produced Grey Areas, a photographic dialogue with five individuals with complex needs who are currently within or have experienced the ‘homelessness pathway’ in Bristol. The work was created during the winter of 2020/21, the year of the pandemic; when our basic needs for shelter and safety were highlighted across the nation. Our concerns were rooted in the question ‘what does Home mean to our sense of Wellbeing?' What is continuing to happen to our city spaces which is pushing people further and further away, physically, mentally and socially? Grey Areas reflects the impact our physical spaces have upon our mental spaces. This work does not provide answers, but asks you, the viewer, to question the broken perceptions we may hold.

This original body of work has been produced during Blueprint: Housing & Wellbeing, an artistic commission by Arnolfini and Bristol Photo Festival in collaboration with Golden Key Partnership supported by ArtFund.

 

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An Elective Affinity

Billy Barraclough - Debsuddha - Jenna Garrett - Kelly O’Brien - Maria Gracia Cebrecos - Sibusiso Bheka 
 
Venue: BPF Public Gallery
18 June - 18 September 2021
Old Post Office The Galleries
Broadmead Bristol BS1 3XB
 

The concept of ‘elective affinity’ presented in 1809 by Johann Wolfgang Goethe in his novel Wahlverwandschaften (Elective Affinities), is used to express the conflict between responsibility (culture) and passion (nature) – and the ‘natural’ matchmaking force between them. This concept is the inspiration for the group exhibition, online installation and publication produced during Catalyst —an international mentorship programme showcasing six innovative photographers. The works explore family narratives, social roles, grief and loss, faith and place, mythological representations and racial segregation. 

CATALYST is produced by IC Visual Lab in collaboration with Bristol Photo Festival and supported by Arts Council England, Pure Print and GF Smith.

 

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© Sibusiso Bheka

© Jenna Garrett

© Debshudda

© Kelly O'Brien

© Billy Barraclough

© Maria Gracia Cebrecos

Room to Grow

A Participatory Visual Archive
 
Venue: Windmill HIll City Farm
18 June - 18 July 2021

Philip Street Bedminster Bristol BS3 4EA

 
 

Room to Grow is a living visual archive documenting the life in allotments taking place in Bristol and beyond. Looking at the stories and history of both allotments and allotment holders, members of the public were invited to contribute an online archive throughout 2020 and 2021 with photographs and tales. From sneaky foxes to vibrant redcurrants,  this archive aims to highlight and pay tribute to the creativity of both photography and growing.

This outdoor exhibition will be touring around Bristol City Farms and other future locations.

 

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© Claudia Melina

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- Showcase Autumn - 

Stephen Gill

ARNOLFINI
16 October 2021 - 16 January 2022
 
 

Creating numerous distinct bodies of work, Stephen Gill – described as a ‘documentarist’, ‘anthropologist’ and ‘dazzling visual poet’ – has built his photographic career upon an ethos of experimentation. Eschewing a signature style in order to adapt both his creative and technical approach to the subject at hand, has led to alchemical ‘experiments’ including photographic burials, floral collage, in-camera photograms and submerging work within a watery world. 

Informed by the artist’s own extensive and meticulously ordered archive, the exhibition provides a portal into Gill’s unique world, one in which the very constraints of photography are turned upon their head and strangely poeticised. Exploring this vast resource, artist proofs, original photo books and archival material, are displayed alongside prints, selected by the artist, highlighting the often unseen poetics of urban and rural environments.

 

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Lebohang Kganye

Date TBC | Venue: The Georgian House Museum
Full details announced in April
 
 
 

A film installation exploring a familial narrative that is concerned with notions of healing, enacted through gestures of naming and of cleansing. South African artist, Lebohang Kganye references family, memory and heritage. Kganye has created a new work at the Georgian House Museum as part of Bristol Photo Festival. The installation offers a response to the violence of historical erasure of names and oral traditions. The house was once home to a sugar trader and his enslaved staff. Dipina tsa Kganya invites us to reflect on the legacy of colonialism as a shared history.

 

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Thilde Jensen

Venue: Martin Parr Foundation
16 September - 8 November 2021
 
 

I AM NOT INVisible is a visual account of homelessness in America. Over a period of 4 year, Danish photographer, Thilde Jensen, set out across the US to create an authentic document of this community excluded from mainstream society. 

Thilde Jensen began the work that led to this project when in 2014, she met Reine and Lost, two homeless men in Syracuse, New York. Reine and Lost lived under a highway, and had survived three Upstate New York winters, huddled together on a small concrete ledge. This almost unimaginable fact, drew her into a four-year project, photographing in Gallup, New Mexico, Las Vegas, and New Orleans as well as Syracuse.

 

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Helen Sear & Robert Darch  

September 2021 (TBC) | Venue: Centerspace
 
 
Helen and Sear and Robert Darch will show together for the first time in Turn to Return.
 

Robert Darch's The Island is a poetic series of photographs made in response to Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. The series reflects his anxieties, hopes and fears about a decision that will affect generations for years to come.

Helen Sear's Love Island is a series of photographs made walking the same mountain passage in Majorca repeatedly during the month of December 2019.  Exploring imitation and contagion as forms of magic involving repetition and contact, these photographs depicting Aleppo pines and fallen boulders reveal a path while simultaneously denying a view.

 

© Helen Sear

© Robert Dartch

WITH-IN

Firecracker 10-year anniversary programme
 
October 2021 (TBC) | Venue: Firecracker
 

 

Bristol Photo Festival collaborates with Firecracker to celebrate their 10th year anniversary. Firecracker is an organisation that supports the work of the work of women and non-binary photographers through mentoring programmes, publications, talks and now, for the first time an exhibition entitled With/In. This collaboration brings photographers whose practice moves, with intimacy, through overlooked groups of people. A generation of female and female-identifying photographers is using photography not as a tool of oppression but as instigator of conversations, interventions and collaborations. This exhibition will be accompanied by a talks and events programme.

 

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© Peyton Fuldfrod

We Are Still Here

October TBC | Venue: The Vestibules

 

 

This interdisciplinary research project seeks to investigate how living rooms are self-curated by the individuals who have been affected by HIV/AIDS, with especial regard directed to the mental health issues that come with ascertaining their own sense of place within society. Participatory photography is a very powerful tool to create visibility to a variety of perspectives and to own one's personal narrative. If there is no image, there is no identity. Not to be forgotten are the families of the HIV/AIDS community, and the difficulties that come with understanding a disease that is also experienced second-hand. The family portrait will therefore be examined as an institution of both exclusion and inclusion.

The project is a collaboration between Dr Adrian Flint (University of Bristol, SPAIS), Mareike Günsche (Photographer at Aspectus and State University of Arts in Ulan Bator, Mongolia) and Martin Burns (Writer, HIV/AIDS activist and equality advocate).

This exhibition has been produced as a result of the festival commissioning programme in collaboration with the Brigstow Institute (University of Bristol)

© Mareike Günsche

© Mareike Günsche

© Mareike Günsche

Bringing the War Home II

October TBC | Venue: The Vestibules
 
 
 
Bringing the War Home II is a photo-documentary project that looks to expand current understandings of war and what makes war possible. In order to tell the story of the complex social and political work that plays out in the living rooms of UK military families in its gendered, raced, colonial and security ways, Bringing the War Home II explores the everydayness of these spaces. Rather than capturing the ‘front-lines’ of recent wars, of post-conflict soldiers returning, ‘heroic’ and traumatised by war, the story we tell is one of a more complex and extensive set of relationships ‘at home’ that are necessary to support the ‘front line’ and where war-time and non-war time are blurred. 
 

Bringing the War Home II involves, Dr Elspeth Van Veeren (University of Bristol, SPAIS), Dr Miriam Snellgrove (Stirling University), Edmund Clark (Photographer, University of Arts London), and Olu Osinoiki (Photographer at Olumedia).

This exhibition has been produced as a result of the festival commissioning programme in collaboration with the Brigstow Institute (University of Bristol). 

 

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The Living Room Archive

Participatory Visual Archive
 
Autumn 2021 (TBC) | Venue: Broadmead, Outdoors (TBC)
 

 

The Living Room Archive is a collaborative project with the public to bring together photographs of this important domestic space. Bristol Photo Festival invited people from Bristol and beyond to send in photos capturing the living room from their family albums, local archives or personal photography projects. The project seeks to address the significance of the living room in our social, cultural and psychological understandings of ourselves and the world around us. The project also shows the intimacies of the living room as a place where we can express our personalities, cuddle our pets and keep loved ones present.

This outdoor exhibition is a collaboration with Bristol City Centre Business Improvement District (BID) bringing photography to the public space.

 

© Lauren Foster

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© Chris Killip Photography Trust

© Clémentine Schneidermann and Charlotte James

© Paul Graham

© Victor Sloan

© Graham Smith

© Jill Quigley

Island Life

18 May - 31 October 2021 
VENUE: Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Queens Road Bristol BS8 1RL

Island Life: photographs from the Martin Parr Foundation

Island Life draws upon photographs from the Martin Parr Foundation collection to show the changing fabric of our cities, society and collective identities. Focusing on post-war from the UK and Ireland, the exhibition will bring together images by over 60 photographers including Khali Ackford, Pogus Caesar, Elaine Constantine, Sian Davey, Chris Killip, David Hurn, Ken Grant, Markéta Luskačová, Graham Smith and Tom Wood. Collectively the images form a compelling study of national behaviour.

The exhibition includes photographs which document moments of historical significance including the poll tax riot, the Aberfan mine disaster and most recently, the BLM movement.
These will be displayed alongside images depicting the everyday – weddings, shopping, football and Butlin’s holidays. Island Life traces the evolution of documentary photography in Britain, the photographers who influenced Parr and the younger generation he is influencing in turn.

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WITH-IN

FIRECRACKER 10 YEARS ANNIVERSARY

WITH-IN is a celebration of firecracker, an organization who has been supporting the work of female photographers for over 10 years with mentoring, publications, talks and now for the first time an exhibition. This project will have a series of events and other activities attached. More information soon.

 

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From Fairy Tales to Phototherapy: Jo Spence

 
18 June - 20 June 2021 
VENUE: ARNOLFINI

16 Narrow Quay Bristol BS1 4QA 

 
Drawn from one of the most comprehensive collections of Jo Spence's works in the world, From Fairy Tales to Phototherapy focuses on the intersection between arts, health and wellbeing, celebrating her work as a photo therapist in which she used photography as a medium to address personal trauma, reflecting on key moments in her past.
 
Photographs from the James Hayman Collection.

 

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WITH-IN

FIRECRACKER 10 YEARS ANNIVERSARY

WITH-IN is a celebration of firecracker, an organization who has been supporting the work of female photographers for over 10 years with mentoring, publications, talks and now for the first time an exhibition. This project will have a series of events and other activities attached. More information soon.

 

© Hoda Afshar

© Adama Jalloh

© Laia Abril

© Alba Zari

© Widline Cadet

IN PROGRESS

Laia Abril - Hoda Afshar - Widline Cadet - Adama Jalloh - Alba Zari . Curated by Aaron Schuman

20 May - 24 October 2021 
VENUE: The Royal Photographic Society
 

IN PROGRESS is a new show commissioned by the RPS consisting of five solo exhibitions of both new work and work-in-progress, by five of the most innovative photographers and photo-based artists working today. The exhibition explores a wide range of issues – including personal history, cultural identity, nationality, community, migration, displacement, memory, responsibility, morality, belief and the creative process – and highlights the diverse possibilities that photography offers in the pursuit of both artistic and social progress. 

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WITH-IN

FIRECRACKER 10 YEARS ANNIVERSARY

WITH-IN is a celebration of firecracker, an organization who has been supporting the work of female photographers for over 10 years with mentoring, publications, talks and now for the first time an exhibition. This project will have a series of events and other activities attached. More information soon.

 

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Thames Log: Chloe Dewe Mathews

20 May - 29 August 2021 
VENUE: Martin Parr Foundation
 

Chloe Dewe Mathews spent five years photographing up and down the River Thames, from its puddling source to great estuary mouth. The resulting series of work, Thames Log, examines the ever-changing nature of our relationship to water, from ancient pagan festivities through to the rituals of modern life.

In Thames Log, Dewe Mathews focuses on lives that overlap regularly with the river but often go unnoticed — ship spotters, who log the continual stream of vessels that pass through Tilbury, and mudlarks as they comb the city sludge for Roman and Saxon treasure. In the countryside, above the tidal river, she encounters a druid coracle builder, a mass baptism and the annual census of royal swans. 

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WITH-IN

FIRECRACKER 10 YEARS ANNIVERSARY

WITH-IN is a celebration of firecracker, an organization who has been supporting the work of female photographers for over 10 years with mentoring, publications, talks and now for the first time an exhibition. This project will have a series of events and other activities attached. More information soon.

 

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The Floating Harbour: Jem Southam

Opening 18 June 2021 
VENUE: Underfall Yard
 

The Floating Harbour, is a series of photographs of Bristol Harbour made in the late 1970s by Jem Southam providing a unique and definitive portrait of the harbour at a time of rapid change. One of Southam’s first major projects, the photographs were published in ‘Floating Harbour’ (1983) and majority of the works will be exhibited here for the first time. 

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WITH-IN

FIRECRACKER 10 YEARS ANNIVERSARY

WITH-IN is a celebration of firecracker, an organization who has been supporting the work of female photographers for over 10 years with mentoring, publications, talks and now for the first time an exhibition. This project will have a series of events and other activities attached. More information soon.

 

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Growing Spaces: Chris Hoare

18 June - 18 August 2021 
VENUE: Royal Fort Gardens
 

Growing Spaces by photographer Chris Hoare is a chronicle of urban land cultivation in Bristol. Since April 2020, Hoare has been slowly and methodically documenting the allotment-goers, landscape and seasonal changes across the official and unofficial growing spaces of the city. The resulting photographs, originally commissioned by Bristol Photo Festival, are published in this new book Growing Spaces to coincide with an exhibition of the work at the inaugural festival in summer 2021. 

Hoare’s project documents eleven sites across the city from established allotment sites to community gardens and improvised plots on disused lands. The project was conceived pre-Covid-19 pandemic but its timing, coinciding with increased demand for green spaces for cultivating produce, allowed him to capture the formation and energy of a growing renaissance. 

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WITH-IN

FIRECRACKER 10 YEARS ANNIVERSARY

WITH-IN is a celebration of firecracker, an organization who has been supporting the work of female photographers for over 10 years with mentoring, publications, talks and now for the first time an exhibition. This project will have a series of events and other activities attached. More information soon.

 

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© Sibusiso Bheka

© Jenna Garrett

© Debshudda

© Kelly O'Brien

© Billy Barraclough

© Maria Gracia Cebrecos

Elective Affinities

Billy Barraclough - Debsuddha - Jenna Garrett - Kelly O’Brien - Maria Gracia Cebrecos - Sibusiso Bheka 
 
18 June - 12 September 2021 
VENUE: BPF Gallery
Old Post Office (Castle Park Entrance)
Unit CG13, Castle Gallery,
Bristol, BS1 3XD
 
 

The tension between culture and nature is a matchmaking force that has occupied our minds for centuries. In a current system that dehumanises and separates, ‘Elective Affinities’ brings together a series of personal stories that investigate universal themes inviting the reader's reflection on the human condition. Through six visual essays, these authors observe connections between people, their beliefs and actions by exploring family narratives, the process of grief and loss, the margins of social standards, mythological representations, the relation between faith and place and the impact of urban racial segregation. The programme is directed by IC Visual Lab in collaboration with Bristol Photo Festival.

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WITH-IN

FIRECRACKER 10 YEARS ANNIVERSARY

WITH-IN is a celebration of firecracker, an organization who has been supporting the work of female photographers for over 10 years with mentoring, publications, talks and now for the first time an exhibition. This project will have a series of events and other activities attached. More information soon.

 

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Grey Areas: Jessie Edwards-Thomas 

1 June - 1 September 2021 
VENUE: AROLFINI

16 Narrow Quay Bristol BS1 4QA

 

Jessie Edwards-Thomas has co-designed and co-produced Grey Areas, a photographic dialogue with five individuals with complex needs who are currently within or have experienced the ‘homelessness pathway’ in Bristol. The work was created during the winter of 2020/21, the year of the pandemic; when our basic needs for shelter and safety were highlighted across the nation. Our concerns were rooted in the question ‘what does Home mean to our sense of Wellbeing?' What is continuing to happen to our city spaces which is pushing people further and further away, physically, mentally and socially? Grey Areas reflects the impact our physical spaces have upon our mental spaces. This work does not provide answers, but asks you, the viewer, to question the broken perceptions we may hold.

This original body of work has been produced during Blueprint: Housing & Wellbeing, an artistic commission by Arnolfini and Bristol Photo Festival in collaboration with Golden Key Partnership supported by ArtFund.

 

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WITH-IN

FIRECRACKER 10 YEARS ANNIVERSARY

WITH-IN is a celebration of firecracker, an organization who has been supporting the work of female photographers for over 10 years with mentoring, publications, talks and now for the first time an exhibition. This project will have a series of events and other activities attached. More information soon.

 

© Claudia Milena

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Room to Grow

A Participatory Visual Archive
 
18 June - 18 August 2021 
VENUE: Windmill City Farm

Philip Street Bedminster Bristol BS3 4EA 

 

Room to Grow is a living visual archive documenting the life in allotments taking place in Bristol and beyond. Looking at the stories and history of both allotments and allotment holders, members of the public were invited to contribute an online archive throughout 2020 and 2021 with photographs and tales. From sneaky foxes to vibrant redcurrants,  this archive aims to highlight and pay tribute to the creativity of both photography and growing.

This outdoor exhibition will be touring around Bristol City Farms and other future locations.

 

© Claudia Photos:  Joanna and Serge McParlandMilena

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The Imaginary Living Room

From 1 June 2021
ARNOLFINI (Reading Room)
16 Narrow Quay Bristol BS1 4QA

 

In collaboration with creativeShift and Arnolfini we have been running a programme of creative workshops entitled 'The Imagined Living Room' with people who have attended creativeShift's Art on Referral courses. Through the delivery of disposable photographic cameras to participate in a series of online workshops inspired by Jo Spence's photo therapy strategies, participants have been responding to one of the most important spaces during these lockdowns:The Living Room.The outcomes of these workshops will be displayed at Arnolfini (Reading room) from the1 June 2021.

 

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- Autumn Showcase -

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WITH-IN

FIRECRACKER 10 YEARS ANNIVERSARY

WITH-IN is a celebration of firecracker, an organization who has been supporting the work of female photographers for over 10 years with mentoring, publications, talks and now for the first time an exhibition. This project will have a series of events and other activities attached. More information soon.

 

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Lebohang Kganye

October | Opening Date TBC
VENUE: The Georgian House Museum
 

A film installation exploring a familial narrative that is concerned with notions of healing, enacted through gestures of naming and of cleansing. South African artist, Lebohang Kganye references family, memory and heritage. Kganye has created a new work at the Georgian House Museum as part of Bristol Photo Festival. The installation offers a response to the violence of historical erasure of names and oral traditions. The house was once home to a sugar trader and his enslaved staff. Dipina tsa Kganya invites us to reflect on the legacy of colonialism as a shared history.

 

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Stephen Gill

16 October 2021 - 16 January 2022
VENUE: ARNOLFINI

 

Creating numerous distinct bodies of work, Stephen Gill – described as a ‘documentarist’, ‘anthropologist’ and ‘dazzling visual poet’ – has built his photographic career upon an ethos of experimentation. Eschewing a signature style in order to adapt both his creative and technical approach to the subject at hand, has led to alchemical ‘experiments’ including photographic burials, floral collage, in-camera photograms and submerging work within a watery world. 

Informed by the artist’s own extensive and meticulously ordered archive, the exhibition provides a portal into Gill’s unique world, one in which the very constraints of photography are turned upon their head and strangely poeticised. Exploring this vast resource, artist proofs, original photo books and archival material, are displayed alongside prints, selected by the artist, highlighting the often unseen poetics of urban and rural environments.

 

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WITH-IN

FIRECRACKER 10 YEARS ANNIVERSARY

WITH-IN is a celebration of firecracker, an organization who has been supporting the work of female photographers for over 10 years with mentoring, publications, talks and now for the first time an exhibition. This project will have a series of events and other activities attached. More information soon.

 

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Thilde Jensen

16 September - 8 November 2021
VENUE: Martin Parr Foundation
 
 

I AM NOT INVisible is a visual account of homelessness in America. Over a period of 4 year, Danish photographer, Thilde Jensen, set out across the US to create an authentic document of this community excluded from mainstream society. 

Thilde Jensen began the work that led to this project when in 2014, she met Reine and Lost, two homeless men in Syracuse, New York. Reine and Lost lived under a highway, and had survived three Upstate New York winters, huddled together on a small concrete ledge. This almost unimaginable fact, drew her into a four-year project, photographing in Gallup, New Mexico, Las Vegas, and New Orleans as well as Syracuse.

© Helen Sear

© Robert Dartch

Helen Sear & Robert Darch  

September 2021 (TBC) | Venue: Centerspace
 
 
Helen and Sear and Robert Darch will show together for the first time in Turn to Return.
 

Robert Darch's The Island is a poetic series of photographs made in response to Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. The series reflects his anxieties, hopes and fears about a decision that will affect generations for years to come.

Helen Sear's Love Island is a series of photographs made walking the same mountain passage in Majorca repeatedly during the month of December 2019.  Exploring imitation and contagion as forms of magic involving repetition and contact, these photographs depicting Aleppo pines and fallen boulders reveal a path while simultaneously denying a view.
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© Peyton Fuldford

WITH-IN

Firecracker 10-year anniversary programme
 
October 2021 (TBC) | Venue: Centerspace
 

 

Bristol Photo Festival collaborates with Firecracker to celebrate their 10th year anniversary. Firecracker is an organisation that supports the work of the work of women and non-binary photographers through mentoring programmes, publications, talks and now, for the first time an exhibition entitled With/In. This collaboration brings photographers whose practice moves, with intimacy, through overlooked groups of people. A generation of female and female-identifying photographers is using photography not as a tool of oppression but as instigator of conversations, interventions and collaborations. This exhibition will be accompanied by a talks and events programme.

© Mareike Günsche

© Mareike Günsche

© Mareike Günsche

We Are Still Here

October TBC | Venue: The Vestibules

 

This interdisciplinary research project seeks to investigate how living rooms are self-curated by the individuals who have been affected by HIV/AIDS, with especial regard directed to the mental health issues that come with ascertaining their own sense of place within society. Participatory photography is a very powerful tool to create visibility to a variety of perspectives and to own one's personal narrative. If there is no image, there is no identity. Not to be forgotten are the families of the HIV/AIDS community, and the difficulties that come with understanding a disease that is also experienced second-hand. The family portrait will therefore be examined as an institution of both exclusion and inclusion.

The project is a collaboration between Dr Adrian Flint (University of Bristol, SPAIS), Mareike Günsche (Photographer at Aspectus and State University of Arts in Ulan Bator, Mongolia) and Martin Burns (Writer, HIV/AIDS activist and equality advocate).

This exhibition has been produced as a result of the festival commissioning programme in collaboration with the Brigstow Institute (University of Bristol)

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Bringing the War Home II

October TBC | Venue: The Vestibules
 
 
 
Bringing the War Home II is a photo-documentary project that looks to expand current understandings of war and what makes war possible. In order to tell the story of the complex social and political work that plays out in the living rooms of UK military families in its gendered, raced, colonial and security ways, Bringing the War Home II explores the everydayness of these spaces. Rather than capturing the ‘front-lines’ of recent wars, of post-conflict soldiers returning, ‘heroic’ and traumatised by war, the story we tell is one of a more complex and extensive set of relationships ‘at home’ that are necessary to support the ‘front line’ and where war-time and non-war time are blurred. 
 

Bringing the War Home II involves, Dr Elspeth Van Veeren (University of Bristol, SPAIS), Dr Miriam Snellgrove (Stirling University), Edmund Clark (Photographer, University of Arts London), and Olu Osinoiki (Photographer at Olumedia).

This exhibition has been produced as a result of the festival commissioning programme in collaboration with the Brigstow Institute (University of Bristol). 

 

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© Lauren Foster

The Living Room Archive

Participatory Visual Archive
 
Autumn 2021 (TBC) | Venue: Broadmead, Outdoors (TBC)
 

 

The Living Room Archive is a collaborative project with the public to bring together photographs of this important domestic space. Bristol Photo Festival invited people from Bristol and beyond to send in photos capturing the living room from their family albums, local archives or personal photography projects. The project seeks to address the significance of the living room in our social, cultural and psychological understandings of ourselves and the world around us. The project also shows the intimacies of the living room as a place where we can express our personalities, celebrate events and keep loved ones present.

This outdoor exhibition is a collaboration with Bristol City Centre Business Improvement District (BID) bringing photography to the public space.

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© Mark Simmons

High Volume: Bristol Sounds

Photographs from Mark Simmons
 
Autumn 2021 (TBC) | Venue: Strange Brew
 

 

Photographs documenting Bristol’s music scene since the early 1980s by Mark Simmons will go on display, many for the first time as part of Bristol Photo Festival. Studio portraits of artists such Massive Attack and Roni Size & Reprazent are shown alongside photographs capturing music events and venues across the city, ranging from St Paul’s Carnival to Aston Court Festival, Malcolm X, Trinity and Easton Community Centre. Collectively, these photographs demonstrate the diversity and energy of music in and across the city.

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WITH-IN

FIRECRACKER 10 YEARS ANNIVERSARY

WITH-IN is a celebration of firecracker, an organization who has been supporting the work of female photographers for over 10 years with mentoring, publications, talks and now for the first time an exhibition. This project will have a series of events and other activities attached. More information soon.