Margate PhotoFest 2011 - 13 – 14th August
PUBLISHED: 12:06 28 July 2011 | UPDATED: 19:46 20 February 2013
Margate Photofest is proud to announce its second annual festival of contemporary photography, to be held across multiple venues in mid-August...
Margate PhotoFest 2011
13 14th August
Margate Old Town
Margate Photofest is proud to announce its second annual festival of contemporary photography, to be held across multiple venues in mid-August.
Following the festivals hugely successful inauguration in 2010, which brought together the works of established artists such as Jason Evans and Vinca Petersen with a diverse collection of up-and-coming talents in a broad display of new conceptual and documentary photography, 2011s event is all set to be even bigger in scale, variety, social consciousness and wholesome seaside arts-fun than ever.
Under the theme of Organic, this year's festival has called on photographers to submit work that explores connection-forming across artistic mediums and genres, networking, the structure of groups, the dissemination of ideas and the formation of grassroots culture. The aim is to explore social systems and political structures to see how photography can be used as an active social medium to change our environment. Through connections we can offer the most fertile ground for exchange and mutation, linking diverse people and places together to form a whole.
Such an ethos is wholly appropriate to Margate as a specific locale, following years of economic and social malaise, the historic resort town is bourgeoning as a cultural and creative hub since the opening of Turner Contemporary. MPF offers a grassroots addition to this creative upswing and Margates changing fortunes.
Across seven main galleries, a historical municipal building, a converted-casino design space, public plazas and even a bus, an international array of prominent and emerging artists will exhibit their myriad responses to the theme.
From an open submissions process that called for not only individual projects, but curatorial proposals and self published books, MPF 2011 presents, among others:
Heather Barnett : interactive installation work combining the artists recent Physarum Experiments with slime mould and time-lapse photography.
Ed Thompson : exhibition of Transition Town work about sustainability projects in Totnes by the award-winning documentary photographer.
Liminal Spaces : photographs by Folarin Shasanya, Ananias Leki Dago and Francois-Xavier Gbre, Curated by Sepake Angiama and Loren Hansi Momodu.
Samantha Cawson : emerging artist and curator presents an exhibition of photographic, mixed-media, installation and performance art, including works by David Blackmore, Kate Elliott, Genevieve Rudd and James Hodgson.
Peter Kennard: Following the recent release of his book @Earth (Tate Publishing) the artist will exhibit a brand new, large-scale installation work for MPF 2011.
Wandering Bears: Live Exhibition of vernacular photography, produced and curated in situ by the young UK arts collective.
Various Points: Exhibition of photobook submissions for MPF 2011curated by Craig Barker and Theo Simpson, plus books published by the Various Points imprint.
Broad Vision : space featuring multidisciplinary research into microscopic worlds, curated by Ailesh Sullivan.
Competition Winners Exhibition : display in key gallery spaces of the best three individual submissions received for MPF 2011, as judged by Benedict Burbridge of Photoworks Magazine, Artist and Writer Jason Evans and photographers Vinca Petersen and Dan Bass.
Public displays throughout the town ,including 12 Martin Parr prints, performance art directed by Ugne Dainiute, talks by Lomography expert Kevin Meredith, Information, Exhibition and general provocative fun from creative charity organization Future Youth Project, browsing and purchase stands from Hotshoe magazine and more.
For all enquiries, please use email or see www.margatephotofest.co.uk.
We hope to see you beside the seaside this August!