Festival preview: Diffusion: Cardiff International Festival of Photography, various venues, Cardiff, May 1-30 2013
For a month, the national photo agency for Wales’ home might not seem too far removed from industrial Portugal more than 50 years ago.
© Catrine Val
Edgar Martins, the award-winning Portuguese photographer, has been given exclusive access to 20 power plants across his native land, rebuilt during the period between the 1950s and 1960s when rapid economic growth and social change was anticipated across the country.
His appearance at Ffotogallery is Martins’ contribution to the inaugural photographic festival in the Welsh capital. There’s also a premiere for filmmaker Gideon Koppel’s Borth – set in the wild west Wales town it is named after, pitching the sea against architecture and human gesture – and a first solo exhibition, at Chapter, for the Italian Maurizio Anzeri, featuring new commissions from an artist known for his “photo-sculpture”.
A coal miner’s son who became a professional wrestler, the story of Adrian Street sounds even more compelling under the focus of a Jeremy Deller film as part of a group show, The Valleys Re-Presented, which also includes archival work by photographers including David Bailey and Peter Fraser at Tramshed, as well as new projects by Zhao Renhui, Alicia Bruce and Sean Edwards.
The first year has been impressively broad in its scope: European Chronicles lays on a selection of individual, often deeply personal projects at The Cardiff Story – not least The Brothers, a portrait of two brothers on a small farm in rural Norway, made by Elin Høyland.
And Ffotogallery has created five “hives” around the city, from where visitors can tweet their photos. Talks, workshops, schools’ programmes and the Cardiff Photomarathon accompany the exhibitions.
© Maurice Broomfield
© Edgar Martins
© Courtesy National Library of Wales
© Peter Bobby
© Mindaugas Ažušilis
© Elin Høyland
© David Bailey