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From Belgians to Brexit


This project is a great opportunity to celebrate Folkestone as a WELCOMING town in which diversity is honoured and Brexit is clearly opposed.

To celebrate one of Folkestone’s favourite paintings, gifted to the town in 1916, Folkestone Fringe
and artist Manuel Vason invite you to be part of a photographic recreation at Folkestone Harbour Arm.
We want to bring together a rich and varied mix of people in Folkestone today, so why not come along with your family and friends and celebrate Folkestone, this beautiful painting and the people who live here now.

‘The Landing of the Belgian Refugees’ is on display in the town museum and commemorates the months in 1914 when more than 100,000 Belgians arrived in Folkestone fleeing WW1. They were welcomed with such kindness that King Albert of Belgium said ‘Folkestone had earned the admiration not only of the Belgians, but also of the whole world: yes, the whole civilised world knew how the town of Folkestone had received them with such cordiality which would never be forgotten’.

The Belgian refugees crossed the Channel in any boat they could find. On just one day in October 1914, some16,000 people of all ages arrived at Folkestone Harbour. The painting is by an Italian artist, Fredo Franzoni, who himself came to our town as a refugee in one of the boats from Belgium.

In these times of change, with Europe always visible from our doorstep, join us to re-imagine this 100-year-oldpainting for future generations.

Event Details

When: 27 October 2019
Time: Arrive by 1.00pm, photograph to be taken at 1.30pm
Where: Folkestone Harbour Arm Entrance (old ferry landing point)
What to wear: It’s up to you. In the painting people are wearing a mixture of ceremonial robes and work uniforms and normal clothes, or they’re dressed for a long, cold Channel crossing or smartly to welcome visitors. Come as you’d like.

If you would like to find out more please visit

Fierce Festival 2019

I’m so looking forward to this year edition of Fierce Festival and its so so promising program. I’m thrilled to have been asked again to document the festival and work alongside so many incredible artists and friends.

Fierce 2017

In Between Time – SUMMIT

I’m very honoured to be asked to be the photographer in residence of this year IBT – SUMMIT project (8th – 13th of October 2019). I will be collaborating with 14 artists selected to participate at Creative Exchange Lab as part of the Live Art Uk Diverse Actions program. We will show the result of our work on Sunday the 13th of October in an amazing location Ashton Court Estate.

‘SIGNALS’ – Exhibition @ Glassworks, Folkestone [2019]

SIGNALS – Manuel Vason & Rubiane Maia, Caparao 2015

Folkestone 01/09/2019

In a contemporary society characterised by exasperated individualism, in which economy and finance have replaced politic and ethic, we feel the urgency to send out and receive SIGNALS.

SIGNALS is the title of Manuel Vason and Rubiane Maia first exhibition held at Studio Radar, a new space of contact and correspondence between our different art practices and a hub of connection and exchange with other artists, collaborators and active viewers.   

Our intention is to SIGNALS out our desire for change and SIGNALS in new stimuli and ideas for the transformation of our daily life.

While Manuel Vason is looking at photography as an apparatus for change and transformation through his alter-ego (The PhotoPerformer), Rubiane Maia is focusing on different ways to incorporate ancestral memories using performance, video and collages.

Through SIGNALS we’re starting a process of personal and collective sensitization.

Rubiane Maia and Manuel Vason 

Here some documentation images of the exhibition:

The International Performing Art Giswil

I’m really looking forward to take part at the upcoming International Performing Art Festival in Giswil (Switzerland). On this year edition of Festival there is a real emphasis on documentation and the discussion around it and I’m happy to be invited alongside another DARC member Ernst Fischer to input with our experience.

Perderse Juntos [publication]

Perderse Juntos (Lost Together) is the first digital publication featuring the world of The PhotoPerformer. This easily accessible publication is the result of a 5 months long research taking place in Mexico during which Manuel Vason has developed as series of workshops, talks and exhibitions focused on the philosophy behind the PhotoPerformer and the concerns that animate his/her/its existence.

The publication, rich of photographic content, is written in Spanish and translated in English and was published by the Universidad Autonoma del Estate de Mexico in 2017.

Click on the image below (Book Cover) to see the publication.

Book Cover

To receive a pdf version please send me an email.

Past, Present, Future. What is Time-Base media?

On the 22nd of March, I will be taking part to the ‘Past, Present, Future. What is Time-Base media’ symposium as part of the StrangeLove Festival 2019. I will take this opportunity to share some new views on Time-Base documentation looking through the eye/lens of the PhotoPerformer.

‘The PhotoPerformer in Action’ – Live performance @ the Body & Freedom Festival of Performance Art in Zurich [2018]

Title: The PhotoPerformer is using photography to trace a map so to get lost.

After a long break from action due to the arrival of Tian and the other baby (Phd thesis), the PhotoPerformer returns ‘live’ as part of the Body and Freedom Festival in Zurich.

The impulse behind this live action is to invert and merge the positions of the photographer and the performer artists (subject of the photograph). In particular I’m interested to focus on the relationship between the photographer voyeur and the performer exibitionist and impersonate the two into a playful dynamic.

A lot has been written and talked about the necessity of nudity in performance art and while I’m aware of the issue concerning a ‘fit’ body in a society obsessed with perfection and discrimination, I took this opportunity as an exercise to break my inhibition and use my body as a tool of provocation.

The title helped me to create a context for the action as it was performed on a public space in the centre of Zurich… if asked about what I was doing the organisers could respond: “He is photographing reference points so to get lost…”

Here a gallery of images documenting the live action taken by the ‘official’ Festival’s photographer Reto Cortesi:

Folkestone Darkroom Collective: Salt Photo Printing

Folkestone Darkroom Collective: Salt Photo Printing.
Railway arches, Harbour Square (opposite the fountain), 12–4pm, drop-in, FREE

Looking forward to share some skills with a group of Local artists all interested on alternative processes.

Faye Golley, Emily Rose Parris, Luke Jones, Manuel Vason, Philippa Wall and Tsvetelina Ivanova celebrate photography and performance by creating unique prints using one of the oldest traditional techniques – salt printing. The process uses salted water, silver nitrate, paper, a negative film and sunlight to produce images – shipping the viewer back to Victorian times. Join the artists in their makeshift

darkroom to create and develop a portrait on Saturday, then come along on Sunday to see the finished results. Suitable for all ages.


The PhotoPerformer at Body and Freedom Festival

After a long break from action due to the arrival of Tian and the other baby (Phd thesis), the PhotoPerformer returns ‘live’ as part of the Body and Freedom Festival in Zurich.

Along side an exciting selection of artists and friends, I’m looking forward to the opportunity to experiment a durational photographic activity.


23 – 25 of August – Zurich

Here a link to the program:

Here a link to the festival site: