CR’s pick of exhibitions, design events and creative activities for the week ahead including What is a Photograph? exhibition at ICP New York, graphic artist Patrick Thomas at Hang-Up in London, Paul Reas talks documentary photography at Impressions Gallery in Bradford, Ghost Signs walking tours in Stoke Newington, photographs by Francesca Woodman in Vienna, collage artist Hannah Höch at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, Transmediale media art and digital culture festival in Berlin, and more…
What is a Photograph?
International Center of Photography, New York
31 Jan – 4 May
Exhibition exploring the diverse range of creative experimentation in photography from the 1970s to now. The show poses the open question – ‘what constitutes a photograph’ – rather than providing identifiable answers, bringing together 21 international artists who have reinvented and reconsidered the role of light, colour, composition, materiality, subject, and photographic technology.
Patrick Thomas: 100BPM
Hang-Up Gallery, London
1 Feb – 16 Mar
New work from the graphic artist and “iconographiste”, playing on a Valentine’s theme, with bold free-form screenprints, using found images and collage, and combining and reworking traditional heart ideograms and symbols of love. Read more about the show and a Q&A with Thomas on the CR blog here.
Paul Reas artist talk
Impressions Gallery, Bradford
1 Feb (Exhibition until 8 Mar)
Talk from photographer Paul Reas, accompanying an exhibition of his work at the gallery, ‘Day Dreaming About The Good Times’, followed by a Q&A. As one of the most influential artists to emerge from the colour documentary photography of the mid-1980s, his sharp and witty work captures scenes from Thatcherite Britain, the consumer boom and the recession.
Ghost Signs walking tours
Stoke Newington, London
2 Feb, 16 Mar, 13 Apr
Walking tours taking in some of London’s best fading painted wall adverts (or “ghostsigns”) with photographer, writer and researcher Sam Roberts, who, as founder of the History of Advertising Trust Ghostsigns Archive, curates a growing photo library of the remaining examples of hand-painted wall advertising in the UK and beyond. Read more about the project on the CR blog here.
Vertikale Galerie, Vienna
30 Jan – 21 May
Collection of black-and-white images from the photographer, taken from 1972-1980, shortly before her suicide at the age of 22, including works never shown publicly before. Woodman’s photographs are often considered to explore the human fascination with appearance and disappearance, using her own body in shot, whilst reflecting an ambivalence about what it means to be female.
Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
Until 23 Mar
Exhibition tracing the career of German collage artist, and member of the Berlin Dada movement, Hannah Höch, with works inspired by her time working in the fashion industry and key Dada photomontages, alongside woodcuts, watercolours, and post-war collages.
Various venues, Berlin
29 Jan – 2 Feb
Drawing connections between art, culture and technology, this festival (and year-round project) brings together media art experts and creatives, with an extensive programme of exhibitions, installations, screenings, talks, workshops, performances and other events. The works on show aim to challenge us to rethink everyday relationships to technology, old and new, and talks cover subjects such as hacktivism, media theory, the politics of technological development and networking.
This year the theme of ‘afterglow’ gives a focus on the ambivalent state of post-digital culture – between the revolution of technology, with excessive digitalisation, and the future.
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