Evita Goze

Brighton Photo Biennial

Posted in exhibitions, photography by evitagoze on October 7, 2010

Last weekend there was an opening of Brighton Photo Biennial: New Documents, curated by Martin Parr. Myself and my friend and course-mate Anna volunteered one afternoon in the ticket booth and got a great possibility to hear some of the artist’s talks. Later in the evening we went to a few exhibition openings, saw in a face and talked to some photographers whose work we knew before, but just a week ago we would never have dreamt actually to talk to them.

I still haven’t seen all the exhibitions, but I have some favourites already: Suzanne Opton (USA), Alejandro Chaskielberg (Argentina) and some pictures of Rinko Kawauchi (Japan).

Earlier this year Alec Soth was denied permission to work in the UK, so he dedicated this task to his seven-year-old daughter Carmen. The final work is a collaboration between them: Carmen taking pictures and Alec Soth giving her directions and editing.

Flocking starlings at Brighton Pier by Rinko Kawauchi (Murmuration).

Stephen Gill – Outside In. He literally has collected bits of Brighton and dropped these parts into his camera. Seaweed, plants, a false eyelash, fish tails and even alive insects.

 

 

The High Tide by Alejandro Chaskielberg. He documents the people and communities that live and work in the Paraná River Delta near Buenos Aires. He sets up his photographs to be taken on a 5×4 camera using the light of the full moon, complemented by the addition of flash and the use of shift focus.

 

 

Suzanne Opton‘s portraits of US soldiers. She originally displayed these works on billboards in America, where they were hugely controversial at a time when very little negative, or even mildly questioning imagery about the Iraq War appeared in the media. Another series of Opton is Many Wars, which depicts veterans from various conflicts, including Vietnam and Iraq, who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

 

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