The highly anticipated 2020 edition of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize opened at The Photographers’ Gallery this month. Founded in 1996 by the gallery, and now in its twenty-fourth year, the prize has become one of the most prestigious international arts awards, and has launched and established the careers of many photographers over the years.
Presented over the 4th and 5th floors of the gallery, the DBPFP20 exhibition comprises four distinct artist rooms, offering each project a self-contained space for visitors to engage with the works in depth, highlighting the diverse and innovative nature of their individual practices. The exhibition also encourages consideration of the projects in dialogue to get a sense of the shared artistic, social, and political issues influencing contemporary photography more widely.
Continuing our long-standing relationship with artist Mark Neville, Metro Imaging was delighted to work with him in producing archival c-type prints and bespoke wooden box frames to showcase his DBPFP shortlisted series Parade, situated on the 5th floor and featuring 21 prints.
In 2016, commissioned by the GwinZegal Centre of Art, Neville began taking photographs in Guingamp, Brittany (“little Britain”), starting on the day the UK voted to leave the European Union. Over three years he produced a complex, multi-layered portrait of this tight-knit provincial farming region, documenting different agribusinesses in the community – from small holdings to large industries. Neville has captured the multitude of relationships the Guingamp community holds with animals, conveying everything from horse whispering, to rehabilitation, to farming for animal consumption.
Parade’s resulting photobook is now accompanied by a publication of essays (Parade Texts) written by Brittany farmers, articulating the need for a sustainable, humane, even ecotopian type of agriculture. The essay publication will be available for free at the exhibition, and has also been sent out to UK and European ministries of agriculture and food, as well as key policy makers, calling for the urgent adoption of more ecological methods of farming.
The exhibition will run at The Photographers’ Gallery from 21 February until 7 June 2020, then tour to the Deutsche Börse headquarters in Eschborn/Frankfurt on 26 June 2020 until 27 September 2020.
1. Parade #7, 2019 © Mark Neville.
2. Installation shot of Parade #7 2019 © Mark Neville, at The Photographers’ Gallery, London 2020
3. The Discrete Channel with Noise: Information Source #3 (2017 – 2018) © Clare Strand.
For their first major exhibition of 2020, Barbican Centre brings us Masculinities: Liberation through Photography, a group exhibition exploring the experiences of masculinity, its performance, and its social construction documented through photography and film from the 1960’s through to the present day.
Bringing together 300 works by over 50 pioneering international artists, the show features iconic artists such as such as Richard Avedon, Peter Hujar, Isaac Julien, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Robert Mapplethorpe, Annette Messager and Catherine Opie; as well as lesser-known and younger artists, including Cassils, Sam Contis, George Dureau, Elle Pérez, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Hank Willis Thomas, Karlheinz Weinberger, and Marianne Wex, amongst many others. The exhibition highlights how photography and film have been central to the way masculinities are imagined and understood in contemporary culture.
Metro Imaging have had the pleasure of producing an array of Bespoke Prints, working alongside Barbican to produce Bespoke C-type Prints for Adi Nes’s series Soliders (1994-2000), depicting intimate portraits of the Israeli military. We have also worked closely with artist Sunil Gupta and Hales Gallery on two of Gupta’s projects, Christopher Street and “Pretended” Family Relationships, both printed as Premier Bespoke Giclées, on Hahnemühle Fine Art Baryta and Photo Rag respectively. The series Christopher Street, shot in 1976 New York, documents the creation of a public-gay space in a pre-AIDS New York, with all prints having been meticulously matched to Gupta’s publication for the project. Gupta’s later project, “Pretended” Family Relationships, responds to the UK’s “Clause 28”, instituted during the Thatcher years, which banned the representation of homosexual relationships as “pretended family relationship”. The project consists of portraits of unnamed couples paired with a poem by Gupta’s then partner, Stephen Dodd, and a section of a demonstration photograph against the Clause in London.
With ideas around masculinity undergoing a global crisis and terms such as ‘toxic’ and ‘fragile’ masculinity popular in the media, the exhibition surveys the representation of masculinity in all its myriad forms, rife with contradiction and complexity. Presented across six sections, the exhibition touches on themes of queer identity, the black body, power and patriarchy, female perceptions of men, heteronormative hyper-masculine stereotypes, fatherhood and family. The works in the show present masculinity as an unfixed performative identity shaped by cultural and social forces.
Barbican Art Gallery, London
20 February – 17 May 2020
Sun – Wed: 10am – 6pm
Thu – Sat: 10am – 9pm
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Exhibition information courtesy of Barbican Press Release.
1. Sunil Gupta, Untitled 22 from the series Christopher Street, 1976. © Sunil Gupta and Hales Gallery.
2. Adi Nes, Untitled, from the series Soliders, 1999. © Adi Nes & Praz-Delavallade Paris, Los Angeles.
3. Sunil Gupta, Untitled 12 from the series “Pretended” Family Relationships, 1988. © Sunil Gupta and Hales Gallery.
4. Thomas Dworzak, Taliban portrait, Kandahar, Afghanistan, 2002. © Collection T. Dworzak/Magnum Photos.
This February we are pleased to be supporting Shado, a publication amplifying the voices of those at the frontline change, on their collaborative exhibition ‘Build Love, Break Walls’ in celebration of LGBTQI+ history month.
The magazine is taking up residency in Bermondsey Project Space for two weeks, where their theme will focus specifically on the experiences of, and barriers faced by, those seeking gender or sexual asylum. This will include:
– A photography exhibition curated by Shado
– Works by painter Sola Olulode and photographer Alia Romagnoli
– A series of posters by Shado illustrators along the theme ‘Build Love, Break Walls’
– An exhibition by Help Refugees celebrating their projects around Europe including Say It Loud, a community support group for LGBTQI+ refugees and asylum seekers in the UK.
“The residency showcases a collection of events and exhibition to celebrate the unifying aspects of love without borders.”
The event launches Wednesday February 12th with an evening of live spoken word performance by Tanaka Fuego, as well as talks by Help Refugees and Say It Loud Club, and includes a complimentary drink on entry courtesy of Unicorn Tears Gin by Firebox.
The exhibition will run until Saturday February 22nd events complimenting the exhibitions on show. The full programme can be found here.
Private View: Wednesday 12th February, 6:30 – 9:30pm, RSVP here
Exhibition Dates: 11th – 22nd February, 11:00am – 6:00pm
Location: Bermondsey Project Space: 185 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3UW
1. © Poster design by Molly Hankinson; photography by Inès Hachou of Jacob V Joyce.
2. © Molly Hankinson, ‘Build love break walls’