Brighton Photo Biennial, cue the best time a Photographer can have with their clothes on.
The Biennial is a magical time when the only thing that exists in your immediate environment is epic photography, and it happens to be in a pretty cool city; Brighton.
What is the Biennial:
Brighton Photo Biennial has been running since 2003. Brighton Photo Fringe also runs in conjunction with the Biennial offering talks and exhibitions that coincides with the overall theme for that year. All brought to you by the wonderful Photoworks.
The Biennial is eclectic, welcoming and totally exciting if you are into lens based media. Exhibitions and talks run throughout the festival so it’s easy to dip in and out of specifics events.
Previous Biennial exhibitions have been curated by national photography treasure, Martin Parr, and is probably the best place to get the biggest names in the industry in one place at one time.
The theme for this year is, Beyond the Bias – Reshaping Image. In essence, the theme looks to explore ideas of identity and representation, our personal and projected image, as influenced by the pervasive genre of fashion and style photography. This years Biennial will not disappoint with names like Olivia Arthur, Ewen Spencer and Nigel Shafran on the exhibition list.
Highlights of this year’s Biennial:
Reimagine with Olivia Arthur and Bharat Sikka
Magnum Photos heavy weight and gallery owner (Fish Bar, Hoxton) Olivia Arthur has created a series of large format images exploring gender, sexuality and identity through the LGBTQ community of Brighton and Mumbai.
In contrast Bharat Sikka, celebrated Indian photographer, works in colour creating highly stylized and vivid images.
Kick Over the Statues – Ewen Spencer
One of my personal all time favourites, Ewen is exhibiting his project Kick Over the Statues alongside participatory art group he has facilitated with young people from Brighton.
The Dandy Lion Project
This is a particularly exciting one as we are still reeling from the wonders of the Photographer’s Gallery exhibition, Made You Look. The Dandy Lion Project is premiering in Europe at the Biennial and is curated by super cool chic, Shantrelle Lewis.
Lewis has been sourcing images that represent and redefine black masculinity and identity. Not only has Lewis sourced some fascinatingly beautiful and rare images, she has also been running portrait sessions in London.
This is a very exciting project with a huge impact on the diasporic aesthetic discussions being had at this years Biennial. But most exciting about this project is the legacy a collection of image like this will have, go Shantrelle, you rock!
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