Breadfield presents the Paris-based Festival Circulation(s) | Opening 11th April, 19 – 21

©Thomas Rousset

A fresh view of young contemporary European photography is what Gallery Breadfield will make available through the collaboration with the Paris-based Festival Circulation(s).

The exhibition will start April 11.

Dedicated to young European photography, the Circulation(s) festival – organized by Fetart – has been offering a fresh perspective on Europe through photography.

It aims to reveal the talents of young European photography and to bring together a network of European actors sharing Fetart’s ambition: helping young photographers to enter the professional world and to show the public an innovative contemporary art scene.

The festival program is organized around the work of 22 artists (selected by a professional jury following an international call for application), the presence of an invited school (Belfast School of Art, University of Ulster (Ireland) as well as an invited gallery (Galerija Fotografija in Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Xavier CANONNE’s « carte blanche », sponsor of this year and director of the Museum of Photography in Charleroi (Belgium).

Gallery Breadfield´s selection of three talented photographers will show the diversity and quality of the European scene of photography.

–       Todd Antony from Great Britain is showing part his series The Sun City Poms.

–       Magda Hueckel from Poland is showing part her series Images from Africa.

–       Thomas Rousset from France is showing part of his series Prabérians.

A slideshow of all the festivals artists will also be projected.
About the artists:

Todd Antony | The Sun City Poms

www.toddantony.com

A little over 4 years ago I was on a road trip in the U.S. shooting a personal project of landscapes when, in a zombie like state behind the wheel of my car with god knows how many miles under my belt that day, I pulled into a small motel to grab some sleep and generic fast food before hitting the road again the following morning. 3 days later I eventually did.

After searching the Internet trying to find out exactly where the motel and greasy food in question were, I was compelled to discover it in more depth for myself the following day.

Sun City is a retirement city of around 37,000 people just outside of Phoenix, Arizona where the average age is 73. The perfectly manicured streets of orange trees, cactus and coloured stone chip lawns around Sun City appealed to my aesthetic sensibilities so I spent another 2 days there intrigued by the almost ‘Stepford Wife’ like quality of the perfection in the landscaping of the city.
During my research while I was there, I stumbled across the Sun City Poms. A group of retirees who first formed as a cheerleading group in 1979. Training twice a week and performing up to 50 shows a year, I found them and their story inspirational in the way they contradict the societal norms associated with age and the way people perceive and react to it.
Although I didn’t have time to meet and shoot them on that particular trip, I’ve been meaning to go back ever since and finally got round to it in May of this year.
While I was there I couldn’t help but think that with the American obsession for child beauty pageants, you have one age group of society trying to grow up way too fast, while at the other end of the age scale another group strives to hold back the years in some way. And does a pretty damn good job of it really…

Magda Hueckel | ANIMA. Images From Africa

www.hueckel.com

The cycle is a personal story about a journey. The images, which make up a cycle, show reality from the perspective of a Traveler, who, by penetrating the strange and incomprehensible world of Africa, tries to uncover universal truths about life, death, rebirth and transformation.

The attempt to enter the invisible dimension of spirituality and immortality occurs through an exploration of images of emptiness and abandoned, neglected and ruined sites interwoven with shots of organic structures, decaying animal matter and objects of a sacred nature. “This documentation of decay and death is also an exploration of magical practices in which death is inseparably intertwined with life (…) Death is not any end, nor a breach, it is natural element of life. It’s just that life here is not regarded as something assigned to individuals, but as Zoe – an impersonal or rather inhuman force.”- wrote Izabela Kowalczyk.

Although the series is the result of the author’s fascination with original beliefs, spirituality, rituals, and worship of nature, it does not have an ethnographic aspect. The places captured in the images cannot be specifically identified, which serves to emphasize the superiority of ideas over reality, because, as noted by Wojciech Nowicki “[…]in the Anima series, photography is something else still, a material, a building block, clay, a medium borrowed for purposes going beyond documentation. The authoress, quite offhandedly, departs from the natural sequence of events, opting for her own sequence instead – because Anima is a photography-based architecture of a memory, a memory of events that had never been. The images are like blocks. In the hands of the artist (narrator) the assembly kit may yield a castle, a road, a person or a soul. Anima encourages, compels one to seek, but does not promise that the path will be a straightforward one. And, as it happens with mature images, there are more possibilities here than one would given that chance. “

Thomas Rousset | Prabérians

www.thomasrousset.com

My pictures offer a mix of pictures on the border of reality and fantasy. I use staging as a device to play with the codes of fantasy and realism. Everyday life and strangeness stand alongside. But a divide between Here and Elsewhere appears: the waters are muddled, time and space are erased. The sceneries of my pictures are inspired from the coloured atmosphere of Fellini’s movies or from Kusturica’s cinema madness. The situations that are staged are absurd and give birth to a picturesque and playful universe. Beyond the sceneries, the subjects seem to have escaped from another time, from another culture. This “melting pot” of traditions finds its source in the sets of jewels and the costumes. The place of the animal plays an essential role; its function is ritual, even sacred. “Prabérians” is a world that is definitely utopian, the result of an awareness when faced with the vain notion of community in the contemporary western world.

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11th April – 14th June, 2014 | Opening 11th April, 19 – 21

 

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