CONTROL is our new exhibition for Brighton Photo Fringe 2016, featuring work by Joachim Schmid, Rafal Milach, Sarah Pickering and Simon Menner, exploring the ways in which imagery and photography can manipulate the viewer in order to gain and maintain control. We’ve worked with Gordon MacDonald to curate the exhibition and events and we’ll also have artists talks from Esther Hovers, Rafal, Sarah and Simon plus a new off-site installation from Jack Latham, our new Confessional Booth portfolio reviews and a series of workshops for children. In addition, visitors will be able to hear a specially commissioned new sound collage from Simon James.
Please join us on Friday 21st October from 6pm for our launch party. Scroll down for talk times…
Opening Party – Fri 21st Oct, 6pm to 10pm
Then the following two weekends.
The exhibition will include Joachim Schmid’s X Marks the Spot, a compilation of images of tourists posing for photos on a white x on the road in Dealy Plaza, Dallas, signifying the spot where JFK was assassinated when his motorcade was hit in 1963. The photographs are drawn from webcam footage in the window of the Texas School Book Depository from which it is alleged that JFK was fatally shot from. The camera’s perspective matches that of the assassin to depict tourists shooting their own memorial photographs.
Also exhibited will be The Winners’ by Rafal Milach, which documents state and local competitions supported by the Belarusian authorities. The list of winners includes the best of the best in contests promoting beauty, public space maintenance, milk maids, Jennifer Lopez look-alikes and potato farmers. Winners are presented in kolkhozes, schools, public institutions, nightclubs, village discos and on Boards of Honour in almost each Belarusian town.
Rafal will be discussing his work alongside Sarah Pickering on Saturday 29th October, 3pm. Free Entry.
Joining Joachim and Rafal’s work in the exhibition will be Public Order. Sarah Pickering’s photographs explore a ‘town’ purpose built for the training of public safety officers. On first glance the images seem to depict an unsettling town, uniform and bland shop fronts and houses clothed in a blanket of grey – with nothing but a field beyond the threshold of a front door. The result is that we relook at our own surroundings and our own conception of realist.
Sarah will be discussing his work alongside Rafal Milach on Saturday 29th October, 3pm. Free Entry.
Image: Simon Menner and BStU
Finally, Simon Menner’s exploration of the Stasi photographic archive completes the exhibition. A series of Hand to Hand Combat training images depict sanitised documentation of state sanctioned violence. The photographs are a highly controlled representation of physical actions which in reality, are anything but. Equally fascinating is Menner’s selection, False Arrest, depicting a Stasi handbook guide to apprehending a suspect.
Simon will be giving a talk on his work at 6pm on Saturday 22nd Oct alongside Esther Hovers. Free entry.
Jack Latham has created a new off-site installation based on his Sugar Paper Theories project examining one of Iceland’s most notorious unsolved crimes. Visitors will be able to step inside the den of a conspiracy theorist as we are guided through the true story by Latham.
On Friday 28th October at 7pm, Latham will be joined by Prof Gísli Guðjónsson a former Reykjavik policeman and forensic psychologist whose expert testimony and theory of memory distrust syndrome helped free the Birmingham Six and Guildford Four – and are now central to the enquiry into the case – to discuss the case and Lathams’ work.
Latham’s installation is in an unnumbered garage at Eaton Manor on the corner of The Drive and Cromwell Rd, Hove. Arrive at 6:30pm and look out for the lights.
Friday 28th, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th, 6:30pm to 9pm.
We have, for a long time, been coming up with ways to play with the idea of portfolio reviews. For CONTROL, book into our Confession Booth Review Station – a full scale priest’s confessional booth holds a mystery reviewer, offering advice and Hail Mary’s for the visitors. The booth will be installed at 68MS for the duration of our programme. More information on our reviewers, timings and how to book can be found here.
The CONTROL Workshop for Young People
Facilitated by writer Sofia Kathryn Smith and photographer and teacher Bryony Good, the workshop is loosely based on Simon Menner’s work, False Arrest which will be exhibited in the same venue as part of the programme and depicts a series of narrative staged photos from the Stasi archives that tell the story of an arrest. Participants will join as a group to create a story using a series of simple writing exercises and games, before hitting the streets to recreate the story in photographs. The photographs will then be collated and printed as a short ‘zine for the participants. The workshop is ideal for anyone interested in storytelling and photography and is suitable for ages 6 to 16.
Saturday 22nd October, 11am to 5pm. The workshop is free, although booking is required. Places are limited to 6 people, and each participant must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. More information can be found here. To book please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening Party – Fri 21st Oct, 6pm to 10pm
Saturday 22nd Oct, 11am to 9pm
Sunday 23rd Oct, 11am to 5pm
Saturday 29th Oct, 11am to 9pm
Sunday 30th Oct, 11am to 5pm
68MS, Middle Street, Brighton. Free Entry.
CONTROL is a part of Brighton Photo Fringe 2016 and is kindly supported and funded by Arts Council England. Thanks!