IPS Season of Photography 2015
The IPS Season of Photography 2015 is a lively series of exhibitions and events taking place in Scotland from April to September 2015.
For more information please see full listings on the Institute for Photography website.
Takashi Arai - Daily D-Type
Stills is delighted to be participating in the first ACTINIC festival. As one of the supporting venues, we are thrilled to be showcasing the work of Takashi Arai in an intimate exhibition of images from his acclaimed Daily D-Type series.
Since 01 January 2011, Arai has been taking one 6x6 D-type (Daguerreotype, a unique image/object exposed on to a silver plate) a day, and we are delighted to be exhibiting a selection of 50 of these incredible works.
This exhibition represents the first time that Arai’s work has been shown in Scotland and his first solo exhibition in the UK, and we are pleased to be working alongside ACTINIC and the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation to bring Takashi Arai to Scotland for an exclusive talk.
Takashi Arai first encountered photography while he was a university student of biology. In an effort to trace photography to its origins, he encountered daguerreotype, and after much trial and error mastered the complex technique. Arai does not see daguerreotype as a nostalgic reproduction of a classical method; instead, he has made it his own personal medium, finding it a reliable device for storing memory that is far better for recording and transmitting interactions with his subjects than modern photography.
Beginning in 2010, when he first became interested in nuclear issues, Arai has used the daguerreotype technique to create individual records—micro-monuments—of his encounters with surviving crew members, and the salvaged hull, of the fallout-contaminated Daigo Fukuryūmaru fishing boat, records that touch upon the fragmented reality of events in the past. This project led him to photograph the deeply interconnected subjects of Fukushima, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki.
Arai’s work has appeared in numerous exhibitions, at the Mori Art Museum and the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, among other Japanese venues, as well as abroad, and in 2014, he was the recipient of the Source-Cord Prize. His works are held in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, and Musée Adrien Mentienne, among others.
ACTINIC is a festival dedicated to alternative, historic and new analogue photo related arts. For the full festival programme and further information, please click here: www.alternativephotographyscotland.org
Please note: the exhibition will only be available by appointment from 12 July - 31 July
kennardphillipps ‘Here Comes Everybody’
Here Comes Everybody is an exhibition of work by kennardphillipps, the collaborative practice of London-based artists Peter Kennard and Cat Phillipps. It will consist of a large accumulation of photographic imagery, comprised of photomontage, digital prints and found newspapers, as well as a major new installation exploring ideas around image consumption, production and camera surveillance. Through the creation of a ‘cauldron’ of material, the artists will highlight what they describe as the ‘cause and effect’ of a range of global issues such as financial austerity, climate change, disease and war. New work for the exhibition has been co-commissioned by Stills and a/political, London.
kennardphillipps show their work in public spaces of all kinds ranging from the street, museums, galleries, newspapers, magazines and the internet. Here Comes Everybody will represent a continuation of their interest in making work that is a critical tool connected to international movements for social and political change:
"We don’t see the work as separate to social and political movements that are confronting established political and economic systems. We see it as part of those movements, the visual arm of protest."
kennardphillipps formed in 2003 in response to the invasion of Iraq. Their work has been included in the recent exhibitions: After Image, Galeria Civica, Trento, Italy, (2015); Caught in the Crossfire, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry (2013-15) and LIVING WITH WAR: Artists on war and conflict, GoMA, Glasgow (2013).
War on War Room
St James Shopping Centre, 1 - 31 August 2015
Alongside the exhibition, kennardphillipps will be running their acclaimed War On War Room throughout August in a unit in the St James’ shopping Centre.
The aim of the War On War Room is to work with people of all ages and backgrounds to show that art can be used to express both personal and socio/political feelings and beliefs through the use of everyday materials. Reconfiguring the images seen everyday online, in print and on the street, ripping them from their original contexts and thereby taking ownership of these images rather than merely consuming them, the artists demonstrate that everybody can stamp their own perspectives on found material.
Image: kennardphillipps Here Comes Everybody [Study#1 Paper money] 2015. Courtesy the artists.
The 2015 Jill Todd Photographic Award
Stills will host the annual Jill Todd Photographic Award for the first time. The award aims to promote early careers in photography and is open to all photography graduates in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
The Award takes the form of a competition, with applicants being asked to submit a body of work of between 5 and 12 images for consideration. Three winning artists and a selection of commended entrants will be selected to showcase their work at Stills.
Full submission details are available here.
Entry is via www.jilltoddphotoaward.com. Deadline 31st August, 5pm.