Earlier this year I gave a talk at Fabrica, in Brighton, about how to find unusual exhibition venues. The talk was for Brighton Photo Fringe, and it inspired me as much as (hopefully) it inspired the people who came.
Brighton Photo Fringe launches on Saturday 6th October 2012 and will run until 18th November, and it brings photography and lens-based media to Brighton and Hove, Portslade, St Leonards and Hastings.
This year there will again be exhibitions and events in cafes, community spaces, galleries, empty shops, outdoors and in unusual spaces around the city – 262 exhibitors, 112 exhibitions and 60 venues and 38 events in total are confirmed so far.
The work ranges from ninety nine year old Thurston Hopkins who is widely known as one of the greatest living photojournalists, that of internationally acclaimed artists MacDonaldStrand who will be exhibiting in the grand Regency Town House, street photography of South Coast cityscapes and people, images of ‘best before’ foodstuffs meticulously documented by the owner’s grandson, images which have featured on the BBC website, a hard hitting gallery in the windows of London Road’s old Co-op building, snap shots of the intriguing world of female fighters and films investigating ideas such as borders, conversation and psychological well being.
Work comes from established artists, film makers and curators as well as first time participants who have found a way into photography with the help of Brighton Photo Fringe.
This year the Fringe Focus hub and information point will move to Phoenix Brighton. Here, the OPEN 2012 solo show will be exhibited alongside a range of events, talks and group and individual shows. This year’s OPEN selected artist is Jinkyun Ahn whose work, ‘On the surface of images’, will be shown here in full for the first time in the UK. An artist originally from South Korea, having studied in the USA, Jinkyun completed his MA in Photography at The Royal College of Art in 2012. He has exhibited widely since 2010, with shows in London, the USA, Switzerland and Italy.
“Brighton Photo Fringe leads the way in the ‘Curation of Participation’. It’s a great opportunity for lens-based artists at all stages of their careers to show work in innovative ways to large audiences, whilst encouraging those audiences to participate and become part of something truly special,” says Claire Lloyd, the festival’s director, “our programme this year takes risks with original and playful events and exhibitions that will inspire and engage, opening up new conversations and provoking debate.”
Photo Fringe welcomed two new artistic consultants earlier this year – Harry Hardie and Afshin Dehkordi – who have worked together to contribute to and deliver a programme of exhibitions and events which draws upon significant local, national and international developments in all photography and lens-based media.
The Fringe is also committed to an exciting and innovative range of participation projects which link with local Brighton and Hove communities as well as forging a relationship with artists and communities nationally and internationally. This year’s Black History Month project will be led by award-winning film maker David Alexander. David will work with local group Bandbazi to explore issues around identity by using masks as a starting point. The outcome of this will be shown at the Fringe Focus alongside other participative projects, including an exhibition of images from workshops completed with Barbados Community College.