Brighton Photo Fringe set to take over the south coast with pop up exhibitions

By Ruth Hazard | 06 September 2012
Jason Balchin and Celia Strainge, Bricks and Ballet© Courtesy of the artist
Festival Preview: Brighton Photo Fringe, various venues, Brighton and Hove, Portslade, St Leonards and Hastings, October 6 - November 18 2012

Brighton Photo Fringe is back for another year, serving up its usual mix of quirky, comical and socially-aware exhibitions at unusual spaces around the city.

This year’s event is brimming with new artists and venues and features work from established photographers and film makers as well as students and young people from the community. 

Promising to lead the way in what festival director Claire Lloyd describes as “the Curation of Participation”, the Photo Fringe prides itself on being a great opportunity for lens-based artists at all stages of their careers to show off their work to large audiences while "encouraging those audiences to participate and become part of something truly special”.

"Our programme this year takes risks with original and playful events and exhibitions that will inspire and engage, opening up new conversations and provoking debate,” she explains.

Amelia Shepherd, Female Fighters© Courtesy of the artist
Gabriel Farah, for example, will address the social exclusion caused by Bipolar disorder in an exhibition that focuses on his brother’s struggle with the disorder.

Sean Carroll’s photo documentary looks at his father’s attempt to return to work following the Welfare Reform Bill, 16 years after a sub-arachnoid brain haemorrhage forced him onto incapacity benefit.

There’s a more unusual twist in Freud’s Last Patient, in which Del Loewenthal uses archive photographs to reconstruct the last treatment session given by the psychoanalyst before his death. James Kendall, meanwhile, verges on the bizarre by documenting his quest to clear out the larder of his wife's 90-year-old grandmother, who refused to believe in best before dates.

Alice Myers delves into the contentious subject of border control with images from a bus station in Mexico that receives thousands of people deported from the USA, while Willie Robb brings the issue closer to home depicting alternate views from either side of the English-Scottish border in light of Alex Salmond’s push for independence.

A host of unusual city spaces will transform into pop-up exhibition venues during Photo fringe, but Peter Gates won’t be needing a gallery at all.

He will leave sets of 12 small photographic prints around Brighton for the audience to look, feel, hold or takeaway.

Other highlights include work from Thurston Hopkins, widely known as one of the greatest living photojournalists, street photography of South Coast cityscapes, snap shots of the intriguing world of female fighters and a special solo exhibition by Jinkyun Ahn, whose work, On the Surface of Images, will be shown for the first time in the UK.

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