Brighton Photo Biennial 2012
Published on 6 October 2012
From 6 October – 4 November 2012 Brighton was populated by free exhibitions, new commissions, events and interventions, at a host of established and more unusual venues across the city’s urban landscape.
The fifth edition of the acclaimed Brighton Photo Biennial, brought international and emerging photographers and artists to the city. Following the 2010 Biennial curated by Martin Parr, which saw over 60,000 visitors, the 2012 edition was curated and produced by Photoworks, the UK’s leading visual arts agency for photography. Including work by Edmund Clark, Omer Fast, Julian Germain, Jason Larkin, Trevor Paglen, Corinne Silva, Thomson & Craighead and more, Brighton Photo Biennial 2012 (BPB12) examines a wide range of photographic practices, collectively reflecting on ‘The Politics of Space’.
BPB12 explores how space is constructed, controlled and contested, how photography is implicated in these processes, and the tensions and possibilities this dialogue involves. This year’s Biennial provides a critical space to think about relationships between the political occupation of physical sites and the production and dissemination of images. Responding to recent efforts to politically re-imagine urban space through social and civic uses, BPB12 presents photography and imagery generated by professional photographers and the public at large; grassroots activism and media spectacle; established names and recent finds; contemporary work and older photographic practices. At the core of BPB12 is an examination of photography as both a tool and a process: a means of understanding the world, and an active force in shaping it.
BPB12 also saw the publication of a special expanded issue of the influential journal Photoworks, including extensive visual material relating to the Biennial programme and essays, articles and interviews providing a critical discourse on its key themes and ideas. All exhibitions and installations were free to access. Some workshops, Q&As and screenings have ticket prices attached. Explore our site for full details of our programme.
Brighton Photo Biennial 2012 – Brochure