Critical Contemplations is a new programme of events at Photofusion, the series aims to discuss interesting and current issues in contemporary photographic practice, challenge preconceptions and provide a platform for artists and photographers to hear other perspectives. For each event, we will have invited speakers who will talk about their practice or a topic, then open up the floor to the wider audience. The audience will be compiled of invited artists and photographers, who we think will be interested in the subject, as well as the public and Photofusion members. After the event, there will be a small pot of funding available that attendees can submit a proposal to make new work in response to the discussions on the night.
The event will use the format of the Lois Weaver’s The Long Table to structure the discussion, with provocations and ideas provided by a facilitator to stimulate the discussion.
The successful proposals will be displayed here, as well as later as part of a group show in our gallery.
Each event will be recorded and available to listen again via a series of podcasts.
Podcasts created by Caleb Watson
22nd August 2018
The event Critical Contemplations: On Youth brought together a range of artists for an evening of discussion and debate around the representation of youth culture in photography. The event came out of our programme run in collaboration with the Museum of London’s show, London Nights, in which we explored what it means to photograph at night, the barriers that make it difficult, including the practical limitations of child care or technical skill, but also the fear or vulnerability of working in this way. Speaking about their practice were the artists Aliyah Otchere, and D Wiafe, who both document youth culture in very different ways. Aliyah, documents youth culture based on her experiences as an 18 year old creative in London, where D’s participatory practice sees him working with young people from a south London council estate exploring what it means to be perceived as gang affiliated.
The event was facilitated to structure the discussion, with provocations and ideas facilitated by Chardine Taylor-Stone, an artist, writer and activist.