The first Photoworks Festival is on from now until October 25, 2020.
Propositions for Alternative Narratives is a unique, limited-edition portable ‘festival in a box’.
It allows the audience to become the curator, deciding where and how to install it.
A series of online events will unpack the themes and topics the box addresses.
Combined, these elements bring together a festival that can be experienced anywhere in the world, rethinking what a photography festival can be and who it is for.
‘Infinite’ ways to install
Anyone can register for a box by becoming a Photoworks Friend.
“Each of the artworks can be installed on your own walls: at home, in your office, in a gallery, in your classroom or with your community,” said Photoworks director Shoair Mavlian.
“There are an infinite amount of ways in which you can install the festival.
“Use nails, tape or clips to hang in your preferred space.
“The box also includes a wall label for each, giving more information about the artist and their work.
“Hang it as a group with friends, with fellow artists or solo.
“Hang it now for the Photoworks Festival and hang it again somewhere else in the future.
“Or keep it folded, as a special object on your bookcase.”
Meet the artists
Designed by Swiss artists Gilliane Cachin and Joshua Schenkel, the festival in a box includes artworks by:
- Farah Al Qasimi
- Lotte Andersen
- Poulomi Basu
- Roger Eberhard
- Ivars Gravlejs
- Pixy Liao
- Alix Marie
- Ronan Mckenzie
- Sethembile Msezane
- Alberta Whittle
- Guanyu Xu
As well as being available privately, the boxes have been sent to schools, universities, institutions and artists to share.
These include GOMA, Stills, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Aperture, The Museum of Photography, Loading Diyarbakır, Jerwood Arts and Calvert 22.
Keep an eye on Photoworks’ website and the partners’ own digital channels for news of how the boxes will be showcased.
Photoworks’ digital platforms will be transformed into a festival hub throughout October.
Events, artist films, podcasts and special content will connect the ‘festival in a box’ within the virtual realm.
A collaboration with Aperture brings Diana Markosian together with Mavlian.
Their ‘unboxing’ workshops will demonstrate interactive ways to curate the box.
Virtual festival tours will allow audiences to explore the Photoworks Festival with the curatorial team.
Festival artists will be in conversation via a series of Instagram Lives throughout October.
A practical workshop on environmental photographic practices will take place, along with a series of portfolio reviews for practising artists.
A new issue of Photoworks’ online magazine Photography+ will be published at the end of the festival.
Photoworks Festival is the reshaping of one of the UK’s longest running photography festivals – Brighton Photo Biennial.
As well as the festival in a box and online programme, a series of billboards will be installed across Sussex, connecting with a local audience.
The Photoworks Festival forms part of Photoworks’ 25th anniversary year and is a major component of Alternative Narratives, the Photoworks programming theme for 2020.
Led by Mavlian and grounded in ten years of curatorial research, Alternative Narratives attempts to rework traditional histories and rethink cultural hierarchies to support artists whose work has been lesser seen and under-acknowledged.
The festival challenges the idea of a linear narrative of photography, instead suggesting a more complex and interconnected revisionist history which helps build a fuller and more nuanced story.
Photoworks Festival Propositions for Alternative Narratives is curated by Shoair Mavlian, Julia Bunnemann and Raquel Villar-Pérez.