Exhibitions

Witness

Don’t forget People of the River is opening tonight at Witness Gallery in Yangon!

No doubt it’ll be a raging party with stories, gossip, tales and outright fiction mixed with laughter, booze and smokey corners.

Sad to miss it… but will be at the gallery ASAP to see the show.

http://witnessyangon.com

 

(c) Wesley Stacey

the road.

Photographs. Exhibition.

The Monash Gallery of Art.

A killer panel discussion on the 23rd of August…

Sweeeeet… don’t hesitate if you’re within striking distance or feel like a drive…

Details here

the PhotoBook Melbourne

Looks like there’s gonna be a party in Melbourne next year.

Boookies, booze and much chit chat me thinks.

Romano & Boetker-Smith have teamed up and are driving the thing along.

The website is still under construction – they’re on Facesmash and Twutter for those who use ’em – you can start at the www site and roll out from there.

http://photobookmelbourne.org/

(c) Zarni Phyo

Zarni Phyo, a shooter at the Myanmar Times, is showing People of the River at the Witness Gallery in Yangon – opens this coming weekend.

The bustling jetties, the ships pulled up onto the mud for sale, maintenance or scrap, the divers in the opaque brown water and the raging tide… this will be interesting… very interesting.

I’ll unfortunately miss the opening but will be scooting along quick smart to see the show.

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ZARNI PHYO
PEOPLE OF THE RIVER

Opening Night Saturday 21st June 2014, 7pm.

3rd Floor, Pyan Hlwar Building, 4A Parami Road, Mayangone, Yangon.

+95 (0) 931 736154

http://witnessyangon.com

(c) Trent Parke

Trent Parke is opening this week at Stills with The Camera is God.

Worth a hustle down for a lazy late weekend breakfast and coffee and a strut about… and then cruise through in to the gallery for a good loooong look.

*Exhibition 26 March to 3 May 2014

Stills Gallery

36 Gosbell Street
Paddington

 www.stillsgallery.com.au

 

(c) Nan Goldin

For the third instalment in Our Trilogy of BigNames and articles on the Web… KP is going to latch on to Nan Goldin speaking with Sean O’Hagan from The Guardian…

It’s a decent long piece where they go a little wider than The Ballad of Sexual Dependency (not too much wider)… but a whole lot further than most…

So slip on over and have a look.

Find it here

Tomas van Houtryve

Harper’s are running their largest ‘photo essay’ since their inception 160+ years ago.

Tomas van Houtryve of VII flew his little drone up into the sky and snapped and snapped and snapped…

Tomas van Houtryve bought his drone, a small quadcopter, on Amazon.com, modifying it to accommodate a still camera and a system for transmitting video back to the ground, a greatly simplified version of the satellite uplink that connects Predator and Reaper UAVs overseas to their pilots in the American Southwest. Van Houtryve flew his drone over the very sorts of gatherings that have become habitual targets for foreign air strikes — weddings, funerals, groups of people praying or exercising. He also used it to photograph settings in which UAVs are used to less lethal effect, such as prisons, oil fields, industrial feedlots, and stretches of the U.S.-Mexico border. As unmanned aircraft become ever more pervasive, van Houtryve’s images engage with the changing nature of war, of privacy, and of government transparency.

Nine months after Congress delivered its mandate to the FAA, a strike in northeast Pakistan — one of more than 300 ordered in the country since Obama took office — killed a sixty-seven-year-old woman picking okra outside her house. At a briefing held last year on Capitol Hill, the woman’s thirteen-year-old grandson, Zubair Rehman, spoke to a group of five lawmakers. “I no longer love blue skies,” said Rehman, who was injured by shrapnel in the attack. “In fact, I now prefer gray skies. The drones do not fly when the skies are gray.”

Check it check it check it:

tomasvh.com

(c) Richard Mosse

For all the (close to Sydney, Australia) lovers of pictures, of sound, of moving footage and of dark gallery spaces… your lucky days have come.

Richard Mosse’s The Enclave opened last week at the UNSW Galleries… so you’ve got the better part of two months + change to get your bums there to see it.

No excuses on missing this one…

When: Mar 15-June 7
Where: Galleries UNSW, COFA
Cnr Oxford St & Greens Rd,
Paddington
Hours: Tues-Sat, 10am – 5pm
Tel: (02) 8936 0888

www.richardmosse.com

Gilles Caron install in Yangon

Another slab of pictures were splashed up on the wall this evening… this time as part of the ongoing Yangon Photo Festival… local + international… still + video… discussions, descriptions and questions.

The install of Gilles Caron’s work in the garden was a magic mix of pictures and tearsheets… it was great to quietly walk through it by myself as people drifted off for food and booze and gossip.

Of course the wine dragged me back into the fold and I crashed a table of recalcitrant photographers (thank you to you all for your kindness) and slowly worked my way through far too much Myanmar red wine (that might just pay me back ten-fold at 6am when the monsters start yelling at me).

Until then… sleep.

Broadway by Light (c) William Klein

Foam have had a bunch of William Klein’s pictures on the wall for some time now… and the reactions to the show have been ragingly positive… and with Mosse’s Enclave soon to be shown it is only getting better!

Foam’s blog is always a good stop in the surfing hours… and a little piece caught my eye… examining his moving footage work and a pivotal moment in American (and more broadly, world) cinema.

“But I believe that his extended stay in Paris after World War II enabled Klein to look at the metropolis with new eyes. Klein was intrigued by New York as a city selling itself. He saw it as a place where advertising played an enormous role in day-to-day life, where the American dream was being propagated everywhere all the time. But the same American dream was juxtaposed to the harsh reality of life in some of the down and out neighbourhoods of the city. His series is like a stream of consciousness, an endless flow of quick snaps firmly rooted in the moment. Klein initially struggled to get his New York pictures published, since the American publishers he approached all considered it to be too unpatriotic, too grim. It was only thanks to French film maker Chris Marker that the book saw the light of day at all.”

Read the entire piece here

 

Pansodan Scene

Last night there was a wonderful gathering at the beautiful Pansodan Scene (Yangon) for a projections night.

A bunch of students from Norway and Bangladesh joined with some Myanmar photographers for a workshop under the watch of Philip Blenkinsop, Gareth Bright, Munem Wasif and Per Anders Rosenkvist. They had been sweating for the last week snapping and editing and being grilled and yelled at and encouraged and had now put pictures together to be splashed up on the big screen for the eager audience.

I arrived just in time (for the kids meant being out the door before 6pm was never going to happen) and sat down to quietly watch the pictures appear. Some lovely stuff in amongst it all and the crowd was enthusiastic in their response.

A short break and the tutors showed some work. Munem Wasif’s aesthetically romantic pictures were quite stunning up big and as always Blenkinsop’s snaps put a lot of people on their butts. The writing and blood spattering has at times raised criticism and sparked debate about what exactly he’s trying to do… and I at times have struggled with it… and yet at other times have embraced it and been knocked over by the work. Seeing a longer edit of the Hmong pictures from 2003 was a gift that made the night all the more important. Say all sorts of things… but recognise he’s committed to his undertaking.

So best of luck to all the students who participated!

West Space Journal

West Space down in Melbourne have the West Space Journal rolling along… the second issue is out for all to tune into and see what’s going on…

They’re continuing to further the conversation, encourage debate and support many efforts down in the Southern Capital.

Check it.

westspacejournal.org.au

With the Prudential Eye Awards announced in Singapore it seems the years 2013/14 are continuing to roll in their sweet way for Trent Parke. Congrats congrats!

With the hungry reception for the Minutes to Midnight and Christmas Tree Bucket books as well as a few other happenings he’s continuing to push along and there are thousands eagerly watching.

Ben Quilty took the ‘overall award’… and in much the same fashion his star continues to rise.

Looking back domestically (to Oz) through the lens of all these awards, prizes, ‘competitions’… I’m hitting struggle street a little… not because I’m not featuring (please don’t dismiss me that easily)… but because it seems ART has more cups, shields, tournaments and gala dinners than all of world football… and that’s saying something… and not something that is particularly healthy. If you started counting photography prizes being run by reasonably large galleries and institutions in Australia alone you come up with a frightening number (hint; you’re down on your toes without even touching a few of the ‘smaller’ prizes)… all for little ol’ Australia…

Please please please don’t read this as a whinge, a statement against or any such silliness… it’s more head-scratching confusion as I quietly watch on. I am a participant in all this… so no clean skin moralising in these words… more an expression of doubt (self-doubt/communal-doubt/doubt about the whole rabbit hole).

Me wonders where all this can go?