Talks 2011: Melanie Manchot

Photoworks and Fabrica present a talk by Melanie Manchot about the work shown in her exhibition Gathering.

Introduced by Celia Davies from Photoworks, Manchot will discuss her practice and her use of  photography and moving image to explore portraiture as a collaborative and performative event.

Gathering presents two films:
Celebration (Cyprus Street) is inspired by the tradition of street parties in London’s East End and was developed over a period of six months with the residents of Cyprus Street. Reminiscent of newsreel footage and Edwardian event photography, it was filmed as a single tracking shot, culminating in a group portrait that captures the rich diversity of East End residents following four centuries of immigration. Celebration (Cyprus Street) was commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella and supported by Arts Council England. Funded by Film London and the UK Film Council Digital Archive Film Fund and supported by the National Lottery.

Walk (Square), shows children  leaving their schools and heading toward a civic square where they become part of a vast choreographed crowd. Filmed as a live performance in front of the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, it eloquently captures the power of human action when directed toward a common goal.Walk (Square) was commissioned by Museum Deichtorhallen and Kulturforum21, Hamburg for the exhibition Wunder; and received additional funding from Film and Video Umbrella.

6.30pm-7.30pm, Wednesday 19 October 2011
Fabrica, Brighton