A new photography space in Brighton is now open 24 hours a day for passers-by to experience an installed artwork by emerging photographers from this Autumn. The In Between Gallery is a temporary gallery at Fabrica – Brighton’s Centre for Contemporary Art – that displays photography alongside the main exhibition programme, in a 4m x 3m window space.
The work, by Clémentine Schneidermann and Charlotte James, is on show until Fri 4 Oct. A French photographer based in South Wales, Schneidermann has developed several personal photography projects engaging with local communities. James is a creative director from Merthyr Tydfil, collaborating with her local community and working across fashion and creative direction.
Spring Gurnos, Merthyr 2017 is taken from the series It’s called Ffasiwn – an ongoing collaboration between Schneidermann, James and young people in the South Wales valleys For the gallery programme, Fabrica partners with Spectrum Photographic and Brighton Photo Fringe to present photographic work by UK-based artists who consider themselves to be early to mid-career.
Clémentine and Charlotte met in the Valley’s town, Abertillery, in 2015. Realising their common interest, they began hosting fashion-themed workshops for young people in two youth groups. They’ve collaborated and worked with the same young people for the past three years. Drawing on their own industry experience, they have taught the young people skills such as sewing, customising clothes and styling. The children helped put together the outfits in the photographs, which were taken by Clémentine.
Deprivation in the South Wales Valleys has been documented for decades. The media has reliably presented the nation with caricatures of unemployment, declining town centres and, more recently, sound bites for unsympathetic reports on Brexit-voting regions. The coverage has rarely sought to explore the complexities of de-industrialisation and what this means for people, families and communities. Clémentine and Charlotte’s business here is not to deny the reality of social deprivation. Instead, they juxtapose this with the vivacity, promise and hope of youth.
The winter programme for the In Between Gallery will be an open call with photographers asked to submit work. There is no theme to address but artists are asked to choose work that will function well within the context of a large format print set within the window frame. Measurements are approximately: 270cm x 225.5cm. For more information see here www.fabrica.org.uk/in-between. This is open to artists working in photographic media, with applications closing at 12pm on Mon 28 Oct
The window faces directly onto Duke Street, one of Brighton’s busiest pedestrianised quarters, located between The Lanes and Churchill Square, two very popular shopping destinations. The main city centre pubs and clubs are also nearby so the street is normally busy into the evening and through the night.
Fabrica is a contemporary art gallery in the heart of Brighton’s historic Lanes. Based in the former Holy Trinity Church, Fabrica responds to the building and its history through a programme of site-specific exhibitions and a diverse engagement programme, using creative and social activity to provoke investigation into how audiences look at the world.
2017 saw Fabrica mark its 21st birthday and the bicentenary of the Holy Trinity Church building. Fabrica has worked with artists ranging from Anish Kapoor, Brian Griffiths, and Kaarina Kaikkonen to Brian Eno, Alfredo Jaar, David Shrigley and Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva.
Clémentine Schneidermann and Charlotte James’ Spring Gurnos, Merthyr 2017 is at The In Between Gallery at Fabrica until Fri 4 Oct 2019