What is the Brighton Photo Biennial?
The Brighton Photo Biennial (BPB) as the name suggests, happens every other year and is a celebration of the photographic arts. The Photo Biennial is a series of free exhibitions, new commissions, artists talks, screenings, workshops and master classes which bring emerging talent and international photographers to Brighton.
About Brighton Photo/ Photo Fringe:
A quick overview of the Brighton Photo Biennial:
‘From 6 October – 4 November 2012 Brighton will be populated by free exhibitions, new commissions, events and interventions, at a host of established and more unusual venues across the city’s urban landscape. The fifth edition of the acclaimed Brighton Photo Biennial, brings international and emerging photographers and artists to the city.’
This years Brighton Photo/Photo Fringe Theme:
The theme this year is ‘Agents of Change: Photography and the Politics of Space’. Last time around (2010) the Biennial was curated by Martin Parr and it’s only to fair to say he worked his magic. The fesitval was titled ‘New Documents’ with exhibitors Rinko Kawauchi, Stephen Gill and Alec Soth. A good article about last years festival can be read here. The article is funnily enough written by Sean O’Hagan who will be taking part in one of the Brighton Photo Biennial talks this year (Desert Island Pics) where the Guardian’s photography writer will be discussing a selection of images he would take with him if stranded on a desert island.
However as always this theme offers a nice grounding to discuss and explore the festival within a critical space, looking at the relationships between the political occupation of sites and the production and dissemination of images.
This year there is a range of established names, public work, recent finds and older photographic processes available to see throughout the festival. A multitude of events, talks, exhibitions, workshops and everything around and in between the theme and the photographic arts will be happening. This will be spread throughout the city in public spaces, galleries and coffee shops.
I recommend if you’ve never been before, downloading a brochure from the Brighton Photo Biennial’s site, its free and will give you an idea of what’s on and where. This brochure can be downloaded here.
Brighton Photo Biennial Curators and Photoworks:
This year BPB12 is curated by Celia Davies (Photoworks Head of programme) and Ben Burbridge (Programme Curator & lectures in History and Theory of Photography/ Post was American and European Art at the University of Sussex). The festival is also produced and curated by Photoworks.
Music blogged to: ‘Chromatics – Kill For Love’ 2012