Instagram takeover: Chris Littlewood

Gallerist Chris Littlewood shares his viewpoint for a week by taking over our Instagram account, February 2017.

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Born 1981 in Hong Kong.

With a background in curating and photography, Littlewood is carving a position as both a proponent of other artists’ work, as much as dedicating time to his own long-term projects.

Led by an intuitive curiosity, photography for Chris has always been a process of exploration and discovery. Primarily concerned with environmental and architectural subjects, the focus of his images often centres on the inherent artistic qualities of vernacular material culture.

In his role as Photography Director at Flowers Gallery in London, Littlewood has developed a roster of international photographers over a period of ten years. Most recognised for its engagement with important socio-cultural, political and environmental themes, photography at Flowers has a clearly defined identity within the London art scene.

Running parallel to the main gallery, Littlewood has also staged exhibitions by invited artists and curators across a range of contemporary photographic practices. Under his curatorship, the gallery now regularly exhibits at international photo fairs including Paris Photo, Unseen, Photofairs Shanghai and Photo London.

Littlewood is a contributing writer for Hotshoe Magazine and 1000 Words magazine, he has lectured / tutored at UK and international universities and institutions including University of the Arts London, Architectural Association London, Magnum London, National Museum Cardiff, Fotografiska Museum Stockholm, Unseen photo fair Amsterdam and Photo London at Somerset House. Chris has juried numerous awards and competitions, most recently for the international festival of fashion and photography in Hyères, France.

From the series IBO & ILHA, (2014-ongoing) by Chris Littlewood #c_littlewood ••• Led by an intuitive curiosity, photography for me has always been a process of exploration and discovery. Primarily concerned with environmental and architectural subjects, the focus of my images often centres on the sculptural qualities of vernacular material culture. For Ibo & Ilha I travelled to a remote archipelago in the Mozambique Channel. Once important Muslim and Portuguese slave trading posts, a number of these islands are amongst Mozambique's most ancient settlements. Ibo is said locally to be an acronym for Ilha Bem Organizado, meaning well-organized island ••• Though geometric and abstracted, the formal overture of the work shades a more ethnographic study of how a new African society is appropriating post-colonial architecture. By combining observational photographs with subtle impromptu sculptures, this approach hints at the inherent artistic qualities of domestic and communal human behaviours. #chrislittlewood #instagramtakeover #photoworks_uk #wellorganised #workinprogress #mozambique

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