Brighton Photo Biennial reflects the instability of UK’s future in 2018 return
The Brighton Photo Biennial returns with 30 days of free photography exhibitions across Brighton & Hove this month (28 September – 28 October 2018).
The Biennial is a Photoworks production and will be curated for the first time by Photoworks Director Shoair Mavlian, with the theme, A New Europe. The festival will examine the current state of the United Kingdom as it redefines its role in Europe, as well as our shared history and photography’s role in the construction of national identity. Exhibitions will be free and take place in established galleries, pop-ups and public spaces across the city. A full programme announcement will be made later this summer.
A New Europe draws on one of the most important current geopolitical events. Our status in the European Union may be changing, yet geographically the United Kingdom will remain part of Europe – with a shared history and future. The festival will explore these topics by incorporating work from key practitioners alongside emerging talents. This work has been produced by young artists in response to the current uncertainty. Tereza Červeňová’s work charts the period since the referendum, while Émeric Lhuisset and Harley Weir’s projects focus on migration and the ongoing refugee crisis. New work by Donovan Wylie explores the geography of Britain as an island simultaneously divided yet connected. The festival also looks back to the 1990s when the opening of The Channel Tunnel physically linked Britain to the continent for the first time in 12,000 years.
An opening evening reception will kick-start a weekend of talks open to all. Further events will run throughout the festival including activities for families and young people plus bespoke tours for schools and colleges.