Our weekend guide: 10-12 August
Whatever the weather decides to do, be it shadowy clouds or blissful sun – fingers crossed for the sun! – Here are some excellent exhibitions to visit this weekend.
Residual Traces at Photofusion, London:
This London exhibition is a combination of six photographic projects, each of which has engaged with the consequences of the London 2012 Olympic Games coming to one of the most deprived areas of London, the Lea Valley.
This secret pocket, loved by the locals but little known to the rest of London, was an untamed part of the East End where golfers and quad bikes roamed, where scrap yards sat, and where giant weeds dominated the river bank.
Five years on the area has been transformed and the hole has been partially filled. New housing developments, restored tow paths, cycle tracks and organic cafes are evidence of a new era in the valley, but the older traditional society is still in residence, perhaps more marginalised than ever, says the exhibition producers.
The exhibition will be running until 7 September 2012. Click here to see a short video of the exhibition.
Moments of Reprieve: Representing Loss in Contemporary Photography at Paradise Row, London:
Moments of Reprieve is said to bring together a group of artists whose work responds conceptually to the challenge of articulating loss through photography. From the personal to the political, these staged and stolen moments expand on the idea that the medium and its modes of production may point to something beyond the image, revealing as much through what they omit and conceal as the subjects they directly depict.
The exhibition takes its title from the 1978 book by Primo Levi recalling the small and often unspoken gestures encountered during his imprisonment that restored a sense of humanity in otherwise inhumane circumstances.
The exhibition is open until 22 September 2012 and the opening hours are Tuesday - Friday 11am - 7pm and Saturday 11am - 6pm.
Summer Show at Brancolini Grimaldi, London:
This summer group show includes work by Massimo Vitali, Mitch Epstein, Dan Holdsworth, Sophy Rickett, Roy Arden, Marie Amar and Peter Fraser.
Several key works by Mitch Epstein are featured in the exhibition. Taken from Recreation – American Photographs (1973 – 1988), Cocoa Beach I shows cars and camper vans gather in a crowded Florida campsite at dawn to witness the launch of the space shuttle. In another image, tourists in Glacier National Park, Montana, turn their binoculars to the sky, though the object of their gaze remains a mystery.
The series explores the failure of the American dream through the eyes of Epstein’s father and the decline of his business during the late 1990s.
Also included in the exhibition are several of Massimo Vitali’s iconic beach scenes from the US and Europe. Seemingly unaware of Vitali’s gaze, holidaymakers swim in the sea, or try to find space on the crowded beaches.
The exhibition will run until 1 September 2012 and is open Monday- Friday 11am-7pm
Fishbar Photo Market at Fishbar, London:
Books, prints and special editions from what are said to be some of the most imaginative contemporary photographers at the Fishbar, including a selection from the Magnum Photos Bookshop and the eclectic Trolley Books, are being exhibited at the Fishbar, London.
Individual artists include Laia Abril, a Spaniard who recently produced a portrayal of the pro-anorexia movement and the day-to-day struggles of bulimics, and Irina Werning, whose Back to the Future series saw adults faithfully re-enacting the poses they struck as children or younger models decades earlier.
Multi-award winner Jocelyn Bain-Hogg also presents her insights into femininity and London’s organised crime world.
Work by Vanessa Winship, a Sony World Photography Awards winner and Deutsche Borse and National Portrait Gallery favourite for her striking portraits from Turkey, Sweet Nothings: Rural Schoolgirls from the Borderlands of Eastern Anatolia, also appears among more than 20 contributors.
The exhibition will run until 12 August 2012 at Fishbar, Dalston Lane, London. Opening times are 11am-7pm and the admission is free. For more information visit, culture24.org.uk
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