Channel / 27 Feb 2022

February Newsletter

We are incredibly excited to exhibit Edgar Martins’ multifaceted body of work, What Photography & Incarceration have in Common with an Empty Vase, from 4th March to 9th April!

Come to our preview evening on Thursday 3rd March, from 6pm!

What Photography & Incarceration have in Common with an Empty Vase is a multifaceted body of work developed from a collaboration with Grain Projects and HM Prison Birmingham (the largest, category B prison in the Midlands, UK), its inmates, their families as well as a myriad of other local organisations and individuals. By giving a voice to inmates and their families and addressing prison as a set of social relations rather than a mere physical space, Martins’ work proposes to rethink and counter the sort of imagery normally associated with incarceration.

Using the social context of incarceration as a starting point, Martins explores the philosophical concept of absence, and addresses a broader consideration of the status of the photograph when questions of visibility, ethics, aesthetics and documentation intersect. By productively articulating image and text, new and historical photography, evidence and fiction, Martins’ work proposes to scrutinise how one deals with the absence of a loved one, brought on by forced separation.

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© Edgar Martins

Tea & Cake Tuesday - 8th March

Ffotogallery are very happy to invite you to our Tea & Cake Tuesday in March, in the Old Sunday School on Fanny Street!

Join us for a cuppa and cake, and safely socialise in our beautiful gallery space, while taking in Edgar Martins’ work.

We’ll supply the cakes and the drinks; you just have to bring yourselves. We’d love to see you there!

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An evening of short films - 11th March

We’re excited to put together an evening of short films at our gallery space, for the first time, on Friday 11th March! Our lineup includes documentaries, archive footage, fiction, artists’ films of their work and about their lives. You can expect to see films from Marega Palser (in collaboration with Steven George Jones and Tactile Bosch), John Crerar, Joäo Saramago and more! It’s set to be a fabulous evening of film showcasing some of the wonderful creatives found here in Wales.

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Virtual Tour - Invisible Britain: This Separated Isle

If you were unable to come to our last exhibition, don't worry - you can now visit it from home!

Explore Invisible Britain - This Separated Isle online via this virtual tour. The exhibition is curated by Paul Sng and includes work by more than thirty photographers who explore how concepts of 'Britishness' reveal an inclusive range of perspectives and understanding of our national character.

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Book of the Month - More Than A Number

More Than a Number is an accompanying publication to the exhibition of the same name, which looks to explore our thinking of an Africa caught between modernity and tradition, and how different cultures can produce meaning through images. It invites the audience to engage with the exceptional and thought-provoking work of 12 photographers from Africa. And encourages us to look deeply and clearly into the face of the individual in front of you and engage in a conversation. As Elbert Hubbard wrote, “If men could only know each other, they would neither idolise nor hate”.

Available at the gallery or from our online bookshop.

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You might also be interested in:

Join the newly opened Ffoto Newport at the preview evening of their second exhibition, Dark Spring (John Crerar) on 4th March, 5.30 – 8pm at their Market Arcade gallery space in Newport.

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If you haven’t had the chance to check out the exhibition at Chapter, Human Conditions of Clay is going online! This is Chapter’s first virtual exhibition.

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Estron Collective, a collective of 3rd year Photography students at UWTSD, have put together this first exhibition to fundraise for their final year shows.

March 1st - 4th, Craddock Street, Swansea

Umbrella will be presenting this retrospective of Inside Out, 10 years after its first exhibition of Anthony & Simon Campbell’s photography and film footage, depicting the communities of Butetown and Tiger Bay, in the 70s, 80s and 90s! At Turner House in Penarth from 24th Feb - 20th March.

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