PHOTOGRAPHY AS A SOCIAL PRACTICE
with Gemma-Rose Turnbull and Pete Brook.
Thursday 18th May 2017, 19:00
£6/4 CONCESSIONS. Free to ICVL Members
Dark Studio, 2nd floor, ARNOLFINI
Gemma used to be a news photographer and came to be focused on collaborative practices that disrupt the linear, documentary method. I have come to place a premium on the collaborative projects that engage prisoners and necessarily have to employ invention to do so. From different starting points, Gemma and I have come to value the same questions of power, participatory processes and, I guess, the love, vulnerability and open possibilities of social engagement. – Pete Brook
A discussion on socially engaged art production with contemporary photographers Gemma-Rose Turnbull and Pete Brook.
IC Visual Lab and the Arnolfini will host an evening with two authors from the online platform Photography as a Social Practice (PaaSP). Socially engaged photographers deal with questions around justice and representation, thereby often discussing practical and historic conventions of photography. Striving to stimulate political and social change, practitioners often document recent societal happenings with compassionate observation.
In their transdisciplinary practice, Turnbull and Brook focus on socially engaged projects. Working alongside a team of five others, the PaaSP collective seek to provide a space for discussions on contemporary photography, addressing topics such as ethics and power dynamics. The two will discuss their work both individually and collectively, before opening up a dialogue on socially engaged art to the audience.
IC-Visual Lab provides an open forum for the discussion, production and promotion of photography. Through regular events and community based activities ICVL supports the development of the medium they love. Their aim is to help, share and explore the potential of photography with new and diverse audiences.