HEMERA COLLECTIVE: PHOTO50 CURATOR 2018

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.

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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.

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Photography Focus Day: Friday 19 Jan

12pm Photoworks Annual – LGBTQ+

Contributors to Photoworks Annual discuss ideas explored within the recently published LGBTQ+ themed issue of the photography art and culture journal. Photoworks Annual Issue 24 explores how photography has been used as a tool to document, advocate for and spark debate to help foreground LGBTQ+ rights. Speakers include Edwin Coomasaru, an AHRC funded PhD Candidiate at The Courtauld Institute and photographer, Sara Davidmann.

1.30pm Hemera Collective present Resolution is not the point.

Resolution is not the point. brings together ten artists and collectives to draw upon the metamorphic nature of photographic images as a point of convergence and exchange for a number of different disciplines. Members of the Photo50 curatorial collective, Hemera join artists, Larry Achiampong, David Birkin, and Qiana Mestrich from the exhibition to explore key themes emerging from the work on display.

3pm Artist Talks: Breathing life back into museum collection with Fiona Pardington 

The work of International photographer Dr. Fiona Pardington 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. This series is presented at London Art Fair with New Zealand gallery Starkwhite. The artist will discuss her work that breathes life force back into lost histories. Chaired by New York Times journalist Farah Nayeri.

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 impacting on 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 word offer benefits all stakeholders alike? Speakers include Emma Blau, photographic artist & curator; Giacomo Brunelli, Photographer; Brandei Estes, Photography Director, Sothebys’, Augusta Edwards, Director at Augusta Edwards fine Art ; and chaired by Stephan Schmid, Albumen gallery.

Fiona Pardington, Lycaeides melissa (Melissa Blue) wing scales, 1, 2016, With thanks Musée Cantonal de Zoologie, Lausanne, Switzerland. Courtesy of Starkwhite

ABOUT PHOTO50

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.