Friday, 28th April 2017, RHB 137A, Goldsmiths, University of London
|1||Goldsmiths, University of London||Paul Halliday
Dr Emma Jackson / Andy Lee
|Professor Caroline Knowles|
|2||London College of Communication||Dr Jennifer Good
|3||Urban Photographers Association||Laura Cuch
|4||London Independent Photography||Mo Greig
|09:30||Registration / tea and coffee|
|10.00||Introductions||Professor Caroline Knowles, Gill Golding, Anita Strasser|
|10.30||Democracy Wall: On The Politics of Silence and Palatable Dissent||Paul Halliday|
|10.50||Bowling Together? Portrait of a League||Dr Emma Jackson/Andy Lee|
|11.20||Question and Answer – Chaired by Prof Caroline Knowles|
|12.00||9/11: Street photography and terror||Dr Jennifer Good|
|12.20||Metropolis Now||Lewis Bush|
|12.50||Question and Answer – Chaired by Paul Halliday|
|14.15||Spiritual Flavours||Laura Cuch|
|14.55||Question and Answer – Chaired by Anita Strasser|
|15.35||We’re Already Here!||Mo Greig|
|15.55||The Runway Stops Here||Jonathan Goldberg|
|16.15||Question and Answer – Chaired by Gill Golding|
|16.35||Film Showing and Reception:
PARIS 19 – SURVIVAL: Andrés Borda-González, David Kendall, Abbas Nokhasteh, Dr. Moustafa Traoré, OpenVizor, 2011
PARIS 19: MOBILITY, MEMORY & MIGRATION: http://www.openvizor.com/Content/Index/470
|Panel 1 – Goldsmiths, University of London|
| Democracy Wall: On The Politics of Silence and Palatable Dissent – Paul Halliday
Paul Halliday will present his latest body of large-scale colour photographic work focusing on everyday objects and urban materialities, made against a geographic and sociological background of political dissent. In recent years, Paul has become increasingly interested in a critique of the relationship between ‘performed radicalisms’ and the consumption of photographic art-works as ‘cutting edge’ and of the zeitgeist.
Drawing on his own experiences of making images in street contexts, the artist will reconsider what it means to construct images that speak to and of the politics of contested urban spaces.
| Bowling Together? Portrait of a League – Dr. Emma Jackson and Andy Lee
In the middle of Finsbury Park, a busy and fast-changing area of North London, sits the local institution of Rowans ten pin bowling alley. This short documentary about Rowans’ bowling league is the product of a collaboration between a sociologist, Emma Jackson, and a film-maker, Andy Lee. Through focusing on the world of the league and introducing its diverse cast of characters, the film explores themes of bowling as a practice of belonging in the city, that is both highly performative and social. It explores bowling’s rich material cultures and the process of becoming a bowler. Through presenting the stories of the bowlers in the environment they are describing, the film aims to create a sense of place, to take the viewer into the sensory realm of the bowling alley with its distinctive sights and sounds, while also introducing the particular group of people that cluster here.
Recognising these modes of community and practices of belonging becomes socially and politically important in a context where the social worlds of accessible leisure spaces are disappearing in a gentrifying city. Therefore the film makes a subtle intervention through presenting the social richness of this extraordinary-ordinary place
|Panel 2 – London College of Communication|
| 9/11: Street photography and terror – Dr. Jennifer Good
This presentation draws on Jennifer’s book ‘Photography and September 11th: Spectacle, Memory, Trauma’ (Bloomsbury, 2015), to consider how New York City – for many the locus of street photography and its quintessential subject – was transformed by terror during the events of 9/11. It will consider how the iconic architecture of the city was altered both physically and symbolically, and how the mode of witnessing that is at the heart of street photography took on a different character under the conditions of trauma.
| Metropolis Now – Lewis Bush
London was once known as the Metropole, the mother city at the heart of a vast empire stretching across a quarter of the planet. The British Empire has long since collapsed, but in its place has risen a new and closely related power, that of globalised capitalism. This new empire has also centred itself on the old imperial capital, and has set about transforming it utterly. London, rebranded as an ‘investment opportunity’ is now a city of demolition, cranes, and glittering new high rises. Metropole records that change, and the experience of feeling increasingly alienated from a city which was once home.
|Panel 3 – Urban Photographers Association|
| Spiritual Flavours – Laura Cuch, Doctoral Researcher, Department of Geography, UCL
In this presentation, I will discuss the project Spiritual Flavours, which is a collaborative arts project with members of different faith communities in the area of Ealing and Hanwell, who contribute recipes that they relate to their spirituality and religious practices. Through interviews and cooking sessions, the project pays attention to affective relationships with food, as a vehicle to explore ideas about inheritance, tradition and belief. These sessions are the basis of a short film and a forthcoming ‘multi-faith’ cookery photo book. This project is part of my practice-led PhD, where I use photography and film to comparatively explore the relationship between home and religion, by paying attention to domestic material culture, in particular that which is related to food, cooking and eating. It is also part of a larger research project, Making Suburban Faith, which focuses on seven different faith communities in West London, selected to represent different faith and migration traditions. These include a Synagogue, a Sri Lankan Hindu Temple, a mosque, a Sikh Gurdwara, an Anglican church, a multicultural Roman Catholic church and an ethnically diverse Pentecostal church.
| Transumanza – Stefano Carnelli
Transumanza follows the seasonal journey of the last walking shepherds in Northern Italy, through a territory very different from the bucolic pastoral landscape one would expect. They move their flocks on foot from the highly urbanised Pó Valley to the pristine alpine mountains following routes that on first sight may look linear and straightforward, but are instead traced only by generations of custom, and require continuous adaptation. New roads, new buildings or even new crops constantly modify their path so that every year the journey is, by nature, similar to the previous one but, by necessity, never identical.
The flocks are now larger than in the past, between 1000 and 1500 sheep each, due to a changed economic model where the wool is not cost-effective anymore. Instead, the meat has replaced wool in a market mainly directed towards the growing Muslim community. Transumanza shows a scenario in flux where the clash between Local and Global, tradition and innovation suggests an alternative mapping of this complex urban and social environment.
|Panel 4 – London Independent Photography|
|We’re Already Here! – Mo Greig
This body of work was made in 2014 during a period when it seemed that everytime I picked up a newspaper or listened to a news broadcast I was confronted with immigration being a valid reason for the UK to leave the EU and that when the EU labour restrictions were lifted on 1 January 2014 thousands of Romanians would pack their bags and pour across the UK border. The date came and went and the threatened influx never happened.
Being told that this was a reason to be seriously concerned was easy to dismiss as just political posturing, until I met a couple of Romanians. They were upset by the vilification of them personally and their country. It also dawned on me that the media made no mention of the millions of British who reside outside the UK in the EU.
This motivated me to find the human story behind the media frenzy and political rhetoric. Over the ensuing months I travelled to Romania and around the UK to talk to Romanians already living in the UK and to explore life in Romania through the eyes of the British living there. I wanted to discover for myself the reality of the situation, and to allow those directly involved to tell their stories.
My intention with this work was to take the viewer with me on my journey, meeting some of the people who shared their experiences, thus drawing their own conclusions rather than any imposed attitude.
With the exiting of the EU now a reality what do these groups think now?
| The Runway Stops Here – Jonathan Goldberg
Britain’s busiest airport is the setting for my project. Or just over the perimeter fence to be precise, where lies a community living in a former plant nursery, known as Grow Heathrow. Now in it’s seventh year of existence, it has evolved into a complex eco-village, home to 35 residents who share meals and meet regularly.
Through my photography I explore how a community, which was founded as a direct protest against airport expansion and climate change, manages to survive living almost entirely off-grid. I also became curious to investigate the challenges of living harmoniously in an environment surrounded by nature, without diminishing it for others.
Lewis Bush is photographer, writer and curator interested in power and the structures that create and contest it. Through this he also engages with questions about how to document issues which are complex, abstract, or otherwise defy traditional methods of representation. Recent works include Metropole (2015) in which he critiqued the architectural transformation of London and the city’s growing inequality, and Shadows of the State, which has involved tracing covert radio stations operated by intelligence agencies. Alongside his photographic practice, he writes on visual culture, curates exhibitions, and is lecturer in documentary photography at London College of Communication and a visitor at other institutions.
Stefano Carnelli was born in Milan and lived in Lisbon and Barcelona before moving to London in 2013. With a background in architecture and urban planning, he has come to believe that cities, to a good degree, eventually end up shaping themselves in a continuous transformation and re-confirmation process that deeply affects concepts like identity, belongingness and sense of community.
His desire to understand and document this phenomenon is the reason he first started using photography to implement his theoretical work, starting with landscape and architecture pictures of the city, to then focus on its inhabitants and their relation to the environment they live in.
Laura Cuch is a documentary and fine art photographer. She teaches photography in various programs at Goldsmiths, University of London, including the MA in Photography and Urban Cultures (which she completed in 2006) and the International Urban Photography Summer School. In 2015 Laura received an AHRC Doctoral Award to join the project ‘Making Suburban Faith’ based at UCL, where she has initiated the project ‘Spiritual Flavours’. Laura is a member of the Urban Photographers Association and, previously, she has been a Research Fellow at the Centre for Urban and Community Research at Goldsmiths and in the anthropology department, also at Goldsmiths.
Jonathan has been working as a freelance photographer for 20 years since graduating from Brighton University. He takes on portrait, editorial and commercial assignments. Personal work addresses issues around sustainable living, which began when he found out about his local Transition Town. He has had work shortlisted for Environmental Photographer of the Year (EPOTY) several times, and won the accolade of Best Video at EPOTY 2013. Later in 2017 Jonathan’s photos will feature in a two person exhibition at Oriel Colwyn on the theme of alternative communities.
Dr Jennifer Good
Jennifer’s research is concerned with the photographic representation of conflict, specifically on psychological and psychoanalytical levels. Ideas around the dichotomy between words and images are also central, and the ways in which photography is written about in academic and other discourses. She is the author of Photography and September 11th: Spectacle, Memory, Trauma (Bloomsbury, 2015) and co-editor of Mythologizing the Vietnam War: Visual Culture and Mediated Memory (CSP, 2014). Her latest book, Understanding Photojournalism, co-authored with Paul Lowe, is forthcoming in December 2017 (Bloomsbury). She writes regularly for photography publications including Source magazine.
I left middle earth to discover Europe, armed only with a digital camera and a sense of adventure.
I eventually settled in London. In 2014 I completed my MA in documentary photography from De Montfort University. In 2015 I was awarded associate membership with the Royal Photographic Society.
My photography is predominately focused on social and cultural diversity. Some of my other projects investigate homelessness, gender, sexuality, immigration and community.
My work has been exhibited in both group and solo shows in London and around the UK.
My most recent project is a collaborative body of work I undertook at the end of 2016 with the children of an orphanage in the Tamil Nadu region of Southern India.
My work can be seen at:
Paul Halliday is a photographic artist, film-maker and urbanist who originally trained at the London College of Communications and Central Saint Martins Art School. He went on to study social anthropology, art history and archaeology at Goldsmiths, and the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. He was formerly a media adviser at the British Refugee Council and has been the course leader of the international MA in Photography and Urban Cultures at Goldsmiths since 2002. He is also the creative director of UrbanPhotoFest and Chair of UPA, the Urban Photographers Association.
Dr Emma Jackson
Dr Emma Jackson is an urban sociologist and ethnographer based in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her research and writing explore the relationship between everyday practices of belonging and the production of spaces and places in cities. She is author of ‘Young Homeless People and Urban Space: Fixed in Mobility’(2015), co-author of ‘Go Home? The Politics of Immigration Controversies’ (2017), ‘The Middle Classes and the City: a Study of Paris and London’ (2015) and co-editor of ‘Stories of Cosmopolitan Belonging: Emotion and Location’ (2014). She is currently working on the projects ‘The Choreography of Everyday Multiculture: Bowling Together?’ funded by the ESRC Future Research Leader’s scheme. She is an editor of The Sociological Review.
Andy Lee is a Senior Lecturer at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London and the course leader for MA Fashion Media Production which offers cross-disciplinary practice in film and digital media.
Engaging in Urban Image-making is a one-day symposium hosted by the Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR) at Goldsmiths, which brings together practitioners from: Sociology Goldsmiths, Photojournalism London College of Communication, Urban Photographers Association and London Independent Photography. Its purpose is to begin a dialogue across organisations about how we engage with urban life in our image-making practices in the 21st century. Through the presentation of a diverse selection of visual stories, we are keen to address how image making can support our understanding of some of the complexities associated with contemporary urban life.
This event has been organised by Anita Strasser and Gill Golding.