Uprooting the Gaze: foreign places familiar patterns

(Archive: first published 08/2010)

François-Xavier Gbré, Untitled, Tracks series, 2010. © François-Xavier Gbré.
François-Xavier Gbré, Untitled, Tracks series, 2010.
© François-Xavier Gbré.

Brighton Photo Fringe is pleased to announce an exhibition of five photographers from Africa in the Fringe Focus space during the festival running alongside the prestigious Brighton Photo Biennial: New Documents curated by the internationally acclaimed photographer, editor and curator Martin Parr.

Curated by Christine Eyene, Uprooting the Gaze: foreign places familiar patterns features Nestor Da (Burkina Faso), François-Xavier Gbré (France/Ivory Coast), Baudouin Mouanda (Congo-Brazzaville), Zanele Muholi (South Africa) and Uche Okpa-Iroha (Nigeria), five photographers nominated for the Fondation Blachère Prize at the 8th Bamako Encounters – African Photography Biennale (2009), and multimedia artist Breeze Yoko (South Africa), shortlisted for the Fondation Blachère Prize at the 8th Dak’Art – Biennale of Contemporary African Art (2008).

Drawing from the Fondation Blachère Collection, completed with photographs selected by the curator, ‘Uprooting the Gaze’ brings together a group of very diverse creative minds who shared a common experience of Lyon, hometown of the famous French biennale of contemporary art, as part of ‘Passages 2010: Afrique et Créations’ a ten-day workshop followed by an exhibition organised by the Musée des Confluences (Lyon) and Fondation Blachère (Apt) (May – July 2010), involving the photographers, multimedia artist and curator.

Following on from this project, which explored the notions of creative processes and work in progress within an unfamiliar location, ‘Uprooting the Gaze’ proposes to look at the photographic imprint, or retinal embed, specific to each practitioner. It examines how photographers respond to familiar visual patterns when placed in a situation of temporary (dis)location, a context of passing and ephemeral presence. Underlying the concept of this exhibition is a questioning of accepted definitions of the term “African photography” as a practice that could be defined by, and contained within, an enclosed geographical space.

In addition to a selection of about 40 photographs will be showcased Breeze Yoko’s film Passages 2010, a 25-minute series of video portraits featuring the five photographers presented in this show, as well as veteran photographers Malick Sidibé and Oumar Ly who is also taking part in Brighton Photo Biennial.

Alongside the exhibition are programmed one public event in Brighton and an artists’ talk at Rivington Place presented by Autograph ABP on the 6 October 2010, 7pm.

‘Uprooting the Gaze’ was developed in collaboration with Brighton Photo Fringe and Fondation Blachère.

This project receives generous support from Spectrum Photographic, major photographic sponsor of the exhibition providing the highest quality in production and presentation.

The visit of all five photographers and multimedia artist to the UK is funded by the British Council under the Council’s pioneering programme Creative Coalitions, which aims to make links between Africa and Europe and to support a vibrant and sustainable African creative sector.

Media partners: Africultures.com / Afriphoto.com.

Uprooting the Gaze: foreign places familiar patterns
Brighton Photo Fringe
2 October – 14 November 2010
Fringe Focus
The Old Co-op Building
94 – 101 London Road
Brighton BN1 4LB

Thu – Fri, 12.00 – 18.00

For further information, contact Brighton Photo Fringe at info@photofringe.org.

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