London Art Fair’s 2018 curator for Photo50 is the Hemera Collective; a curatorial and collaboration led group specialising in photography and lens-based media, producing exhibitions and participatory programmes that draw from multiple disciplines with the aim to encourage new perspectives and facilitate debate.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
This year’s edition of Photo50, titled Resolution is not the point., is curated by Hemera Collective, the first collective to curate London Art Fair’s annual exhibition of photography. The exhibition reflects the concerns with which Hemera operates, as a collaborative and evolving entity with different areas of expertise, who come together through a shared inquiry of photography and lens-based media. The exhibition title also alludes to an approach to exhibition making as one that is not defined by a singular frame or iteration, but networked – shifting focus and endeavouring to change ways of seeing and thinking. Resolution is not the point. considers photographic practices and images as a catalyst for interdisciplinary exchange and collective action. Photography, since the 19th century, has existed in and between traditionally defined boundaries of practice, from its use as a scientific apparatus to art – and back again, and it is this shifting landscape of contexts and definitions that the exhibition brings to the fore. The works are linked by this desire to draw upon the metamorphic nature of the photographic image. As practitioners continue to push the conceptual and technical boundaries of the many forms of photography and image-making; they are drawn to other specialisms and ways of working in order to communicate personal, social, and political ideas. From collaboratively produced research projects to artists that draw on the circulation of images, knowledge, and capital; Photo50 2018 examines vital directions in contemporary photographic practice.
ABOUT HEMERA COLLECTIVE.
The curatorial Hemera Collective was established in 2012 specialising in photography and lens-based media. Working with established and early-career artists, as well as photographic archives. Recent projects include Planetary Gardening, PhotoAccess, Canberra, 2017; Sites and Citations, ONCA, Brighton Photo Fringe, 2016; Secret Agent, Guest Projects, London, 2016 & the Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, 2015. Since 2014 they have also published the London and New York Photography Diaries. The Collective has been developed through the collaborative work of various individuals including present members Jaime Marie Davis, Ashley Lumb, Helen Trompeteler and Kay Watson.
Photography Focus Day: Friday 19 Jan
11.30am Hemera Collective: Artist and Curator Talks
With Photo50 artists Larry Achiampong, David Birkin, and Qiana Mestrich.
1.30pm Photoworks Presents
3pm Artist Talks: Breathing life back into museum collection with Fiona Pardington
International photographer Dr. Fiona Pardington, has made it part of her 30-year practice to reanimate dead material she finds near her home or in museums around the world. Her photographic practice interrogates death and celebrates collecting and preservation. Fiona’s most recent project Nabokov’s Blues: The Charmed Circle continues this theme photographing, in European and American museums, only butterflies Nabokov caught and killed, words or diagrams in his hand, butterfly images on printed pages he marked. The artist will discuss her work that document museum collections and breathe life force back into lost histories presented at London Art Fair with New Zealand gallery Stark white.
4pm The Photographers’ Gallery presents: ReMaking History
Brett Rogers OBE, Director of The Photographers’ Gallery will chair a panel discussion exploring the ways photography addresses issues around diversity and equality both behind and in front of the camera. Starting with The Photographers’ Gallery current exhibition 4 Saints in 3 Acts A Snapshot of the American Avant-garde Brett will discuss how photography has often been used as a way of broadening discussions around race and sexual identity.
5.30pm Photography x Social Media: Is Instagram going to kill bricks and mortar galleries?
Instagram increasingly plays a significant part in in the eco-system of photography galleries affecting photographers, galleries, auction houses and collectors. Does Instagram’s easy access and wide reach have a democratising effect thereby threatening traditional hierarchies and privileges or does the preferred social media platform of the art world offer benefits to all stakeholders alike? Speakers include Emma Blau (Photographic artist & Curator), Giacomo Brunelli (Photographer), Brandei Estes (Photography Director, Sothebys’), with chair Stephan Schmid (Director of Albumen Gallery).
Fiona Pardington, Lycaeides melissa (Melissa Blue) wing scales, 1, 2016, With thanks Musée Cantonal de Zoologie, Lausanne, Switzerland. Courtesy of Starkwhite
Photo50 is London Art Fair’s annual exhibition of contemporary photography, providing a critical forum for examining some of the most distinctive elements of current photographic practice. Guest curated every year, it highlights a timely theme in current photography and adds a space and context to the photography presented by galleries at the Fair. Read more about 2017 Photo50: Gravitas Photo50 is supported by Photography Focus Day taking place on the Friday of the Fair with a programme of talks and tours led by practitioners and experts.