Brighton Photo Biennial 2008

Entitled Memory of Fire: the War of Images and Images of War, Brighton Photo Biennial 2008 explores photographic images of war, their making, use and circulation, and their currency in contemporary society.

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The provocative writer and critic Julian Stallabrass curated ten exhibitions presenting photography, film and online material produced and circulated in time of war, and analyse how images have been shaped by the changing social and political conditions from the Vietnam era to the present. The exhibitions included images produced by photojournalists, artists and non-professionals.

Through these images, Brighton Photo Biennial 2008 looks at the conditions of conflict, power and displacement and the radically different perspectives of the opposing sides of various conflicts. It will also explore the collective and individual memory of such images, their forgetting and revision, and their rebirth at times of crisis and war.

For its third edition, the Biennial stretches its geographical boundaries to include venues in Bexhill on Sea, Chichester, Portsmouth and Winchester, and increases its presence in Brighton with three exhibition venues, a series of participatory and publicly sited projects, the new Cultural and Information Hub shared with Brighton Photo Fringe, events, talks, workshops and portfolio reviews.

Finally, BPB08 reaches the vast online community through this new website that functions as a platform for ideas and discussion around the theme of photography and conflict. Julian Stallabrass and a series of scholars and artists will inform and provoke with original essays and online projects; users from around the globe are invited to participate actively to the Biennial by posting comments and uploading images.