We have chosen 10 epochal photographs from our archive that typify the energy, attitude and ethos of the artists ]ps[ works with. Explicit, unapologetic & poetic; these images act as portals to various collaborations, geographies and moments from our past, while projecting that energy into our future(s).
Jade Montserrat Keijaun Thomas Hancock&Kelly LIVE Ron Athey Kris Canavan & Elizabeth Short (performing as Nick Kilby) Nicholas Tee Bean Benjamin Sebastian Poppy Jackson Nina Arsenault
I’m delighted to contribute to Ron first major exhibition in LA with two large prints. The images were created in the Mojave Desert in 2014.
The Exhibition will open on the 19th of June and will run all the way till the 5th of September!
Queer Communion: Ron Athey is the first major U.S. solo museum presentation of renowned Los Angeles-based performance artist Ron Athey (b. 1961), organized by guest curator Amelia Jones, noted art historian and Robert A. Day Professor of Art & Design, Vice Dean of Academics & Research, and Chair of Critical Studies at USC Roski School of Art and Design.
As one of the most generative and important performance artists to emerge in the twentieth century, Athey challenges traditional limits of artistic practice—activating the body as a site of trauma, resistance, sexuality, and religious ecstacy. The artist, who has been HIV positive since the mid-1980s, explores pain, fetishism, power, and queer politics, commenting on the intersections and synergies among Christian fundamentalist religious traditions and ritual, through highly visceral performances and interventions.
Queer Communion is a historical survey of Athey’s internationally influential body of work, tracing the development of his artistic practice outside of institutions in the music (post-punk and goth), literature, and self-publishing scenes of the 1980s before he gained an international profile and wider exposure in the 1990s, where his work was a lightning rod within the “culture wars.” It also establishes his creative trajectory and lifework through the lens of the queer communities and networks that Athey has engaged and helped form throughout his career. The exhibition comprises videos, costumes and props from performances, photographs from the artist’s extensive archive, press clippings, and other assorted ephemera, providing a discursive view of Athey’s diverse oeuvre interweaving music, literature, performance, film, politics, opera, religion, and theater. Examining Athey’s complicated relationship to institutions, the contemporary art market, and the art historical canon, this presentation situates his work as definitive of a radical practice where art-making is a form of communion.
During Last Fridays Event on the 28th of May Performance Space is presenting a photographic exhibition spanning 10 years of activity.
From ]PS[ website:
‘We have searched our archive to come up with 10 epochal photographs that typify the energy, attitude and ethos of ]ps[. Explicit, unapologetic & poetic; these images act as portals to various collaborations, geographies and moments from our past, while projecting that energy into our future(s). Artists include:
In full excitement, I’m delighted to announce that Unframing Photography has been awarded a project grant from the Art Council of England. Six year after the birth of the PhotoPerfomer, Unframing Photography marks the beginning of a new investigation that targets Photography, its power, its influence and possibly its future.
The project starts by gathering together a group of experienced photographers based in Folkestone. ‘We’ photographers that we are used to compete, to hold secretly our skills and praise our craft… this time, ‘we’ are encouraged to exchange and point our cameras towards the problems that surround this powerful medium.
On this first step of the project I invite photography’s makers, thinkers and users to fill in this application form before the 10th of May (deadline extended).
I’m very please to see the image I created with Marco Donnarumma two years ago on the cover of Performance Research ‘On Hybridity’.
Not only the title of the journal manifests my attraction for the in-between but the particular work the image relates to titled *Eingeweide* is, in my view, a fantastic research on the creative failures of technology.
I wanted to thank Frank Camillieri who edited the journal and the selected the image.
I’m pleased to announce that on the 25th of September I will be presenting new work alongside a selection of already exhibited ones.
The new display will also mark an opportunity to visit Studio Radar in its new look and capacities.
During the last few years, I went through a lot of changes (moving to Folkestone, Tian, the PhD, the pandemic…) and I can not tell you how important has been to reconnect with my practice and recognise the development of a new perspective (hopefully enriched by all these recent life-changing experiences).
Between December and January 2020 Rubiane, Tian and myself have spent incredible time in the fabulous Island of Canary. The art residency was initially organised by Osa Polar Espacio Creativo with the support of Atlas association in Las Palmas. We ended up in an incredible spot called Tasartico in the middle of National park in Canary Island.
During the residency I discover a new concept that right now is still making pulsating which I called ‘Intersubjective Photography’.
How can I share my photography decisions with the elements around me?
Photography is such an individualistic practice, pictured in most scenarios as the man and the camera, exploring, searching, discovering.
What about if the camera itself function as an antenna focused to capture multiple signals and transform them into photographic actions?
What about if I was taking a picture responding to the instructions given by a rock or a plant or a bird?
The contact with such a powerful nature in an incredible beautiful island has allowed me to raise new question and to address a direction of experimentation.
Can photography, practiced in a more experimented way can really allow me to expand my vision? To see deeper and more intensely?
ON THE 27TH OCTOBER EVERYONE IS INVITED TO JOIN IN AN HISTORIC RECREATION OF FOLKESTONE’S MOST FAMOUS PAINTING ‘THE LANDING OF THE BELGIAN REFUGEES’
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.
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 www.folkestonefringe.com