Performance and BBQ: Shock & Awe – Sat 28th May

First person story telling has a long and rich history in American folk tradition. Combining that with another great American tradition – the road trip – San Franciscan based photographer and artist, Ethan Rafal is currently touring a performance based on his body of work, Shock and Awe. The performance, both moving and humorous, consists of a reading of his book, coupled with a show-and-tell session and a group discussion set to bourbon and Ethan’s top notch, freshly baked, cast-iron pie.
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As part of Miniclick’s programme that coincides with the Brighton Festival and it’s 2016 theme, Home, Ethan will be visiting Brighton to do a very special performance of Shock and Awe. We’ll be on Brighton beach, around the West Pier, having a BBQ. Look out for the banner of the swearing granny (pic above), bring some food for the BBQ and some drinks and watch the sun go down with friends as we enjoy the performance.

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Saturday 28th May. 6pm onwards (performance starts at 7pm).

The West Pier, Brighton & Hove (look out for the swearing granny banner). 

Free, but bring some food for a BBQ and drinks.

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Shock and Awe is a twelve-year, autobiographical project examining the relationship between protracted war and homeland decay; a meticulously crafted image, text, and found object journal that blurs the line between author and subject, and personal and authoritative histories. Completed over countless years traveling the United States, the project pulls from the traditions of documentary photography and writing set on the American road.
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The Shock and Awe Book Tour returns the journal to the people and places depicted, bringing author, subject, and viewer into an exploration of the total meaning of the work. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the project, the performance of Shock and Awe is equal parts story-telling, show-and-tell, and group discussion, presented with ample cast-iron pie, whiskey.

Borrowing from American folk traditions, Shock and Awe is a performance of first-person authorship. Balancing sincerity, humor, the project unfolds in real-time, foregrounding the fraught transformation of memory into document, providing a vehicle to revisit this shared period since 2001 – simultaneously fading from memory, yet not cleanly historicized – and radicalize agency over emerging, dominant Histories.

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Shock and Awe is by Ethan Rafal, an artist and photographer based in San Francisco. His work deals with the individual and collective experience of violence, and the ways in which subsequent representations of violence inform personal and national mythologies. Photography is an essential ingredient in his practice, due to the unique relationship between image and violence, but his work employs performance, installation, video, new-media, and social-practice methodologies. He teaches, mentors, helps run an art space, and collaborates with Art For a Democratic Society in the Bay Area, where he has been based since 2007.

More info about the project: http://ethanrafal.com/

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Saturday 28th May. 6pm onwards (performance starts at 7pm). 

The West Pier, Brighton & Hove (look out for the swearing granny banner). 

Free, but bring some food for a BBQ and drinks.

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