HOUSE 2014: Migration, Refuge and Territory
Published on 1 May 2014
Once again, Photoworks is partnering HOUSE the annual visual arts festival in our home city complementing the Brighton Festival.
Photoworks Director, Celia Davies, is Guest Curator.
Alongside a commission from the invited artist Yinka Shonibare MBE, HOUSE 2014 and Brighton Festival will present artists from South East UK selected by open submission. Lens based work features strongly.
Co-commissioned by HOUSE and Brighton Festival is Yinka Shonibare MBE‘s site-specific installation. The British Library takes the form of over 10,000 books sited on the oak shelves of the former Brighton reference library. The work explores the impact of immigration on all aspects of British culture and considers notions of territory and place, cultural identity, displacement and refuge. Each book is individually covered in the artist’s trademark wax cloth (itself a cross-cultural hybrid of Indonesian design and Dutch manufacture), the gold embossed spines identify individuals from fields such as literature, popular music, broadcasting and the visual and performing arts, who either as descendants of immigrants or having immigrated themselves to the UK, made unique contributions to what we regard as ‘British’ culture.
Responding to the themes raised in Shonibare MBE’s commission, Asylum in the City conveys ideas of home, language and cultural difference with an exhibition of photographs and personal stories from Brighton & Hove residents sharing experiences of migration and displacement. The works shown result from project workshops lead by photographer Alice Myers. Part of Photoworks learning and participation programme and developed by Photoworks for HOUSE2014 in partnership with Sussex Interpreting Services (SIS) Asylum in the City shows at The Regency Town House basement.
DROP-IN: Meet representatives from SIS to discuss this project and the work they do, Saturdays during the festival 2-4pm
TAKE-PART: People with experience of migration and displacement are invited to share their photographs and stories via a Tumblr project.
Artist and curator Leah Gordon, takes her unfinished photography project Caste/Cast as her starting point, to explore shared Haitian and British histories. Showing on the dining room and library of The Regency Town House, photographs investigating the practice of grading skin colour in eighteenth century Haiti are juxtaposed with a film of a journey along the Manchester Ship Canal.
TALK: Leah Gordon will be in conversation with John Cussans – Wednesday 14 May 6.30pm
At Lighthouse, The Monopoly of Legitimate Use is a three-part film by critical designer and futurist Tobias Revell. The film interrogates political and technological territory. Looking specifically at the theme of ‘vertical migration’, Revell questions how migration doesn’t have to apply to the physical movement of people, but might also apply to how we might move vertically through the structures of society. The Monopoly of Legitimate Use is a HOUSE 2014, Lighthouse co-commission.
Phillip Hall-Patch, an artist and architect, who investigates the tensions between transience and stability throughephemeral and time-based works is producing Salt Field, an installation made from blocks of industrial salt for The Brighton Waste House, a new low energy pre-fabricated house built in the city.
TALK: Phillip Hall-Patch In Conversation with Dr Mary Anne Francis Friday – 23 May 7pm
DROP-IN: Meet and chat with Philip Hall Patch and see quick action studies of salt sculptures in development Saturday – 24 May
No One Owns The Land is the first collaborative commission for artist-makers Ester Svensson and Rosanna Martin, whose sculptural installation in the basement kitchen of The Regency Town House weaves together narratives of journeys and migrations, to create a sense of place and the imagined land, often an unattainable dream.