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Thursday, 27 February 2014

March events againts racism

This picture is of protestors being attacked by police with water cannon during
 the Black Civil Rights Movement in America in the 1960s. 
Although it does not reflect policing in Camden today it is being used because
 the Police intend to bring water cannons to London
Picture taken from FB event for Brixton Black Revolutionary Socialists

Humphrey Brown = 13
Patricia Johnson = 15
Lloyd Hall = 21
Andrew Gooding = 14
Yvonne Ruddock = 16 =
Paul Ruddock = 22, brother of Yvonne
Patrick Cummings = 15
Lilian Henry = 16
Peter Campbell = 18
Owen Thomson = 16
Glen Powell = 16
Steve Collins = 17
Gerry Francis = 17

18 January 1981, Yvonne Ruddock and Angela Jackson were celebrating their birthdays with a hundred of friends in New Cross. Their party is now remembered as The New Cross House Fire that devastated a house killing 13 Black youngsters and, physically and mentally maimed 26 others.

Believed to be a racist attack (far right groups were very active in the area at the time) and a police investigation that should have lasted two years instead of a few weeks concluding to an accident, Over 20000 people marched on the 2 March 1981 from New Cross to Hyde Park for the first Black People Day of Action (that helped shape the Brixton Riot) protesting against the New Cross Massacre.
Artist and dub-poet Linton Kwesi Johnson helped founding the New Cross Massacre Action Committee.

On Sunday 2 March, there will be a procession to celebrate Black Youth Stand Up in New Cross starting @ 9am in honour and commemoration of the History of Black People in Britain.

Following the 13 dead massacre, Menelik Shabazz released a short film-documentary called Blood Ah Goh Run. The year of the massacre, he had released Burning An Illusion.

Other antiracist events
Road show per Borough to resist racism =

15 March 2014 = Antifascists against extreme right English Volunteer Force =

Britain’s Black Legacy =

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

New Bums! Voices in a Rented Room, album out now on Drag City!

New Bums
Voice in a Rented Room
Drag City Records

The legend goes that Ben Chasny & Donovan Quinn didn’t like each other at first. They probably made up drinking some powerful Kool-Aid and worked on 12 sweet and sour / hard and sensitive songs, sometimes quite similar to Barclay James Harvest. You know those afternoons when you are supposed to go to class and you stay in the bar or in the park drinking and spliffing your soul away wishing the one you love would appear... procrastinating... as you get older.

Voices in a Rented Room is a road trip across Route 66 on acoustic guitars and languorous singing on the road to nowhere specific... just because you are wasting time, your life is not necessarily going the right direction but you know about it. No rush, no danger. So it seems...

Ben from Six Organs of Admittance and Donovan from Skygreen Leopards have produced some weird title tracks: Your Girlfriend Might Be a Cop; The Killers and Me; Your Bullshit; Welcome to the Navy; Town on the Water; Mother’s Favourite Hated Son; Cool Daughter.

You have been warned of their lullabies... if you are hitchhiking, accept edgy roads and riffs on board...

Their road trip will take them to UK in June. Why so long? That’s what Bums do, hit the road, take hitchhikers, light some fire at night, and sleep below the stars...

UK Dates =  
12 June 14        Cafe OTO - London
15 June 14        Beerwolf - Falmouth
18 June 14        The Glad Cafe - Glasgow
19 June 14        The Basement (York) - York
21 June 14        Sin-Eater Festival – Shropshire

Monday, 24 February 2014

ISABELLA BLOW: FASHION GALORE! Edited by Alistair O’Neill - Principle Photography by Nick Knight, Introduction by Daphne Guinness - Texts by Caroline Evans, Alexander Fury, Shonagh Marshall and Alistair O’Neil - Rizzoli New York / Exhibition still on @ Somerset House till 2 March 2014, WC2R

© Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! 
Edited by Alistair O’Neill 
with photography by Nick Knight.

In retrospect of Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore exhibition I saw mid November, the main image that flashes back is Isabella applauding and contagiously smiling at the McQueen catwalk. Unlike people around her, she seems to be the only one appreciating what she is seeing.
Isabella Blow didn’t mind controversy and defended fiercely those she believed in.

The exhibition shows mainly items she wore designed by Alexander McQueen, Philip Treacy and Manolo Blahnik without giving a specific context.
Her garment collection was bought / saved by Daphne Guinness in 2010, three years after Isabella’s death. A collection of more than 500 pieces comprising 176 by McQueen, 73 by Treacy and 57 pairs of Blahnik.
The book published by Rizzoli and bearing the same title as the exhibition gives a more precise context of how and when Isabella Blow wore her garments.

© Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! 
Edited by Alistair O’Neill 
with photography by Nick Knight.

Worn to the film premiere of 
The Phantom of the Opera, 
London 6 December 2004

From p13 to p116, Nick Knight‘s magical and ghostly photography shows Isabella’s collection worn by fashion models.

The index from p119 details the garment and its designer(s) as well as when Isabella wore it/them when appropriate: Paris Fashion Week; a film premiere; New Vauxhall Concept Car Party; Sam Taylor Wood PV; Rainforest Respoke Bespoke Party; NPG; Anselm Kiefer Party; an event hosted by Elton John; Stephen Burrows Party; Miss Selfridge Fashion Show; Emerging women in Photography Party and so on.

Always accentuate the head and the feet” was Blow’s tip on how to dress. Alistair O’Neill gives a six pages in-depth explanation on how Isabella Blow considered fashion and how she wore the pieces together; how she met Andy Warhol by wearing odd shoes; an history of hat wearing from how to fit in a society to how to stand out in Cool Britannia era; how she was influenced by nature, wood, animals wildness thanks to her aristocrat adventurer grandmother, Lady Broughton, herself frequently photographed by Madame Yevonde in the 30’s.  

Further essays written by Caroline Evans on “Materiality, Memory and History: Adventures in the Archive” where Scottish actress Tilda Swinton says about entering Isabella Blow’s costume archive “You go into a morgue, and come out of a nursery”; Shonagh Marshall on “A Portrait of Isabella Blow in Armour”; Alexander Fury’s “Uncompromising positions”. And numerous photos of Isabella Blow with Andy Warhol, at various shows, at her desk photographed by Mario Testino, David Lachapelle, Tim Walker, Sean Ellis. Pascal Chevalier...

This is not just a book about fashion or Isabella Blow, it is about legends who creates/d art, who shapes/d the world, about history and memory. Beautiful images, clothes in a multi billionaire dollars/pounds/euros/yen vampiric industry that still gives opportunities to the ones who have talent disregarding their social background. It is about a woman, never blasée of her world, deeply rooted in her gothic history blending medieval armour with contemporary outfits. It’s about another woman, Daphne Guinness saving the “fantasy” and mythological world of Isabella Blow for us to remember that fashion has been anchored on the map of the artworld...

© Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! 
Edited by Alistair O’Neill 
with photography by Nick Knight.

Worn to Rainforest Respoke Bespoke PArty,
Claridges, London 18 October 2006

About the authors: Alistair O’Neill is a reader in fashion history and theory at Central Saint Martins.  Nick Knight is one of the world’s most prestigious fashion photographers and Director of SHOWStudio and has been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally.  Caroline Evans is a Professor at Central Saint Martins. Alexander Fury is Fashion Editor of The Independent and  Shonagh Marshall is an assistant curator at Somerset House.

The book
Edited by Alistair O’Neill
Principle Photography by Nick Knight, Introduction by Daphne Guinness
Texts by Caroline Evans, Alexander Fury, Shonagh Marshall and Alistair O’Neil
Rizzoli New York
ISBN: 978-0-8478-4172-1
Price: £40.00
Hardcover / 224 pages / 150 colour and b+w photographs / 9 ¼ x 11 ¼

The exhibition
20 November 2013 – 2 March 2014
Embankment Galleries, Somerset House

Opening Hours:  10am – 6pm Daily. Late night openings on Thursdays until 9pm
Address:  Embankment Galleries, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA
Admission:  £12.50, Concessions £10 – half price mondays
Transport:  Temple, Embankment   Charing Cross, Waterloo
Somerset House Facebook:
Somerset House Twitter: @SomersetHouse

Friday, 21 February 2014

Hand them keys, not handcuffs!

© Banksy

It was spring 1996 when I had a chance to see the anarchic Archaos circus at Brixton Academy. An unforgettable experience like other circuses at the time: Que-Cir-Que or La Fura Dels Baus.
In between spectacular stunts, the TV presenter was informing us that life on Earth had resolved into tranquillity while a chain of men and women were ushered away in some sombre places. These men and women were criminals who were moved to be re-educated... their crimes were unemployment, homelessness and so on!
It was a physical and intellectual scary moment but vitally mind challenging.

The other night, I was rushing from South Bank to a gig in Apartment 58 and a beggar asked for some spare change. When I can, I give something to eat or drink. That night, I didn’t even have a penny. I apologized. He smiled nicely and said “Thank you. Have a good evening”. I replied politely “You too”, moved forward two steps and turned back to him realising my stupidity. “No worries” he said.

On my 176 bus ride, I kept thinking of that homeless demonstration taking place 26 February. I was hesitating on posting about it. Who is organising it and how are homeless people involved / aware of that demonstration?
The next morning, I got in touch with a wo-man who is involved with the demonstration and asked if homeless people knew about it and if they were participating “Yup... we have great connections to our brothers and sisters on the streets... I'm involved with a number of 'Homeless Projects' such as Brixton Soup Kitchen and other groups... as it goes I'm getting more support for the sleepout from homeless folk than housed folks! I am very conscious that this campaign must be street led... I am homeless too”.

Wednesday 26 February 2014. 10:00. London Assembly (Mayor's Question Time) - City Hall

Homes Not Jails! Sleeping rough is not a crime!
The Met have announced plans to make 'rough sleeping' a crime in 6 London boroughs... Operation Encompass will be in effect in Camden, Islington, Lambeth, Southwark and Westminster, alongside Croydon...
We are opposed to this latest attack on Homeless people and will protest at City Hall to tell Boris Johnson and the GLA to call off this hideous campaign criminalising some of the most vulnerable people in our city... Already there have been arrests of people whose only crime is to be homeless due to the lack of Shelter spaces and suitable accommodation...
We ask people to support our opposition by attending and circulating the information amongst their networks and groups...

The biggest crime of all is the fact that people are homeless today...

We also plan local actions in each of the boroughs affected... details to follow

For info etc: – 07900608781”

Until now, councils had worked with housing associations, the NHS and others to ensure homelessness and social disruption was minimised.

The impact of the government’s welfare reforms, found authorities in England had been active in addressing the effects of changes such as the introduction of a £26,000 annual household benefit cap.

Christian Kitchen (CK) have served a cooked meal for over 20 years... serving around 50 people each night. In 2013 Walthamstow Forest borough council, with Police support, gave notice that CK ... is believed that the existence of this provision of food was sustaining and encouraging a street lifestyle which contributed significantly to Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB).

Croydon = Operation Encompass will see the police working with the local authority, UK Border Force and other agencies to target “those who commit such behaviour”.

“join us... #SleepOut in protest against new powers being enforced in at least 6 of our London Boroughs. Please bring appropriate clothing and sleeping gear along with your revolutionary energy
#HomesNotJail 25.02.14 #Sleepout”

Pierrot Bidon (1 January 1954 - 9 March 2010) founded Archaos in 1986. His alternative circus had no animals, but a revolutionary-visionary approach to fight the system. He influenced and reinvigorated the modern circus. In 2010, at the age of 56, his parting gesture was to give the peace and love sign in one hand and the third finger on the other.

We are all beggars and we should be able to raise a few fingers too!

To those who can sit at a table talking about injustice, while selling their “musical” products (it’s not just fucking Bono), maybe it’s time to remove their finger off their ass and act too, instead of submitting to vicious voyeurism!

Not all rough sleepers are drug addict or alcoholics or suffering mental problems. Jail is only an answer to those who feel visually polluted by the sight of someone whose home is unfortunately in the street!

More info on topic in UK news =

In US =

In Japan =
Homeless people recruited to murky Fukushima clean-up =

In Hungary - international solidarity actions recently with our brothers and sisters on the streets in Hungary, including London... In Hungary it was first a few local councils that criminalised rough sleepers leading to a national policy of criminalising homeless folk... We must learn the lessons...

Video from Christian Kitchen staff =
Music =
Once a rough sleeper, Willis Earl Beal - Coming Through (featuring Cat Power) =

Films =
Street / housing alienation =
Lionel Rogosin’s On The Bowery =

Some films / documentaries by Jacques Barratier like La Ville Bidon

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Atomica Gallery + The Circle present: Everyone’s Got One: A Skull Showcase / PV = 27th February / 7pm – 10pm @ The Circle, W1 / FREE. Show on till 29 March 14

Nick Sheehy - Day of the Dead

No one in London (and UK) has what they have and you probably want what they have!
Xmas is over. Valentine Day is over. Now is a good time to get something for no dictated purpose.

Orla and Holly have been going on for nearly a year now = in Hackney, a glimpse in Camden, in Soho for the past few months and ready to move to Covent Garden early March.

Their itinérant cabinet des curiosités shelter lowbrow weirdness from around the world; under-exposed contemporary art; Polynesian Pop, illustration, modern folk, tattoo artistry and so on. They also have an extraordinary collection of books.

Mighty artists looked after by the ladies include Mark Ryden, Marion Peck, Femke Hiemstra, Tom Bagshaw, Jack Pearce, Ricardo Cavolo, Niagara Detroit and the list goes on.

They are now known to launch little parties in their shop to celebrate the work of a specific artist and this time, they are “invading” The Circle for three months... and you are invited to celebrate the collaboration for the opening night...

Atomica Gallery and The Circle present:

Everyone’s Got One: A Skull Showcase

27th February – 29st March 2014

Opening night: Thursday 27th February

The Circle, 21 Noel Street, W1F 8GP

Atomica Gallery is excited to announce Everyone’s Got One: A Skull Showcase in collaboration with their friends The Circle. Featuring work from a selection of Atomica artists and taking place in the beautiful gallery space at tattoo studio and lifestyle emporium The Circle, the showcase will focus on one of popular culture’s most iconic images: the skull. The opening night party also happens to coincide with The Circle’s two year anniversary; it’s gonna be a big one!

Loaded with a myriad of connotations, the skull has always been a source of inspiration for artists. From Vincent Van Gogh’s ‘Skull With A Burning Cigarette’ to Damien Hirst’s notorious platinum and diamond-encrusted creation, they can be found in countless masterpieces. For Everyone’s Got One Atomica has curated work by a variety of artists who have also used the timeless icon as their subject…

Tom Bagshaw - Pressure over Time

Each interpreting the skull in their own distinct way, the work on show will include Ramon Maiden’s re-appropriated vintage illustrations, detailed digital paintings from Tom Bagshaw, Nick Sheehy’s dreamlike characters, an exclusive limited edition print from Juxtapoz magazine cover artist Charlie Immer, plus much more.

And an exhibition at The Circle wouldn’t be complete without tattoos! To celebrate the occasion a selection of artists, including previous Atomica exhibiting artists Ricardo Cavolo, Jack Pearce and Mister Paterson, have created exclusive skull tattoo flash designs. Available as tattoos at The Circle for the duration of the showcase, the flash sheet artwork will also be up for grabs as a special limited edition print.

Artwork from: Castro Smith / Charlie Immer / Cil Laurens / Dan Holliday / Luke Thomas / Nick Sheehy / Ramon Maiden / Tom Bagshaw

Plus: ceramics and glass skulls from Bespoke Barware

Tattoo flash designs from: Cil Laurens / Jack Pearce / Mister Paterson / Nick Sheehy / Rebecca Vincent / Ricardo Cavolo

Tattooers on the night: Aaron Goswell / Jethro Wood / Rebecca Vincent and a guest spot by Mister Paterson

 Everyone’s Got One: A Skull Showcase launch party:

Thursday 27th February 7pm – 10pm @ The Circle

Complimentary drinks provided by The Kraken Rum

Cil Laurens - Skull

For more information about Atomica, please contact

For tattoo enquiries, please contact

Atomica Gallery =

Atomica is dedicated to showing the highest-quality unorthodox contemporary art, including - but not limited to - Pop Surrealism, Lowbrow, Mid-Century, Polynesian Pop, illustration, modern folk, tattoo artistry and Naive Pop.We sell affordable signed limited edition framed prints, original work, collectable objects, books, magazines and other hard-to-find/easy-to-love artist-made rarities. We also hold exhibitions of original art by top international and UK artists and host a variety of events.

The Circle specialises in custom tattoos and laser tattoo removal. We also have clothing, accessories and our own contemporary art gallery. After realising that our diverse client base are also into high end streetwear, contemporary art, quirky items for the home and vinyl toys, we decided to dedicate our ground floor level to what we call ‘Lifestyle’. We stock independent labels from all over the world as well as some of your favourite well known brands. We also have a gallery, featuring some of the most critically acclaimed and young bright things in the UK contemporary art scene. Whether you’re starting your art repertoire or expanding the collection, we have pieces to suit all budgets. Our aim to is to create a retail environment that appeals to everyone with an appreciation for creativeness and a love for all things tattoo related.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

A Group Exhibition of Artists' Film @ Carroll / Fletcher, W1. Till 22 February 2014. FREE

Image: Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, still from Collapse, 2009

8'20" minute single channel video and sound installation

This is a must see exhibition. Got delayed to write about it. You have to plan a good 90minutes to see it. Apologise for the copy-paste PR below

Carroll / Fletcher is delighted to present Now Showing: A Group Exhibition of Artists' Film featuring work by Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz, Joe Clark, Aleksandra Domanović, Carlos Irijalba, Michael Joaquin Grey, Christoph Girardet & Matthias Müller, Oliver Pietsch and Mika Taanila. The exhibition is conceived as a journey which explores the fundamental elements constituting filmic work; each piece investigates experimental approaches towards technical processes, narrative structures and the history and culture of filmic material.

Works such as Oliver Pietsch's Tales of Us (2014) and Christoph Girardet & Matthias Müller's Meteor (2011) combine found footage in order to explore universal and psychological subject matter, and create new layers of meaning and narrative. Meteor is a montage of elements from feature films, vintage science fiction motifs and fragments of fairy tales. Beginning in a child's bedroom and ending in outer space, the various elements are assembled to trace the phantasmic journey of the child to the threshold of self-discovery and disentanglement. Pietsch's Tales of Us explores the themes of desire, love and togetherness throughout the history of cinema. Using sequences from documentary films to independent cinema through to Hollywood blockbusters, the narrative forms a chronological timeline from teenage to middle age to old age where each is free to navigate through a dreamlike state.

Michael Joaquin Grey's installation Recapitulate: Retrace, Erase, Repeat (2007), a computational software-driven film, reinvents the autonomic drawing machine to retrace and erase Goya's series of etchings, The Disasters of War, over a 24 hour period. Grey's retracing system redraws one etching every fifteen minutes, in three simultaneous yet different iterations. In retracing the etchings approximately, the work approaches, yet never reaches, the original image.

Aleksandra Domanović's Anhedonia (2009) and Mika Taanila's My Silence (2013) both manipulate feature films in order to question the relationship between sound and visual context. In the former, the audio from Woody Allen's Annie Hall (1977) is superimposed onto stock images sourced from the vast Getty Images archive. In Taanila's reductionist video and sound piece, all spoken word is removed from Louis Malle's My Dinner With André (1981), a film renowned for its multi-layered dialogue. The absence of the film's most important element leaves only gestures, facial expressions, camera movements, lighting and décor.

Berlin based duo Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz use a research based approach to film making, which they term 'queer archaeology', deriving their films from archival documents from marginalised subcultures that would otherwise remain unseen. To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of Their Desperation (2013) features six performers playing a 1970 composition by avant-garde composer Pauline Oliveros. Influenced by Valerie Solanas's 1967 feminist SCUM Manifesto, Oliveros' composition is a set of instructions which asks the performers to choose five pitches each and to play very long tones. The composition insists upon a "continuous circulation of power" between listening and sounding, and states that no performer becomes dominant, heightening awareness of the relationship between oneself and others. Shot in one continuous take, the film introduces the 16mm camera as an additional performer, who interacts with the other participants, whilst close up shots added through the editing process emphasise a fetishist interest in bodies, instruments and costumes.

From experimental technological methods to a physical approach to analogue means, and from an investigation into sociological and geopolitical themes to a more formal approach to the mechanisms of construction of an image, the spectrum of films in the exhibition create a poetic discourse into the current filmic language.

Carroll / Fletcher - 56 - 57 Eastcastle St - London W1W 8EQ - T +44 (0)20 7323 6111 - E FREE

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

CLEO T @ Apartment 58, WC1 / 19 February. Debut 'Songs Of Gold & Shadow' produced by John Parish – written by Robert Wyatt out 24 February

After two years of gigging intensively around Paris and France, Cleo T and her troubadours toured in Europe and settled in the Bristol studios of the man who worked / produced PJ Harvey, Eels, Sparklehorse, Giant Sand and Tracy Chapman... Mister John Parish himself.

Debut opus Songs Of Gold & Shadows is now a compilation of obscure dreams and ethereal cauchemars surfing on a flying cabaret where peacocks, unicorn and strange creatures encounter to tell some ancient ghosts tales mixed shimmering poetry. A soft lament folk punctured with Lynchean velvet picadors.  

On the road with piano, harp and cello, Mademoiselle Cleo takes us on a mystical ride, a nocturne in blue and gold, dancing in the last chance saloon. Chiming and teasing in the manner of the glamorous divas of a bygone Parisian golden age... Cleo invites you to walk across the mirror with love and death and all with a lace corset and high heels.

Songs Of Gold & Shadow is released on 24 February by Folkwit Records

She is returning to the UK to tour in February, coinciding with the album release =

Wednesday 19th Feb @ Apartment 58 - 9.50pm onstage - 101 New Oxford St, WC1A 1DB London

Verdict: A disapointing show and unfriendly person!

Sybille Castelain 

Monday, 17 February 2014

Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin / Scarti / exhibition @ TJ Boulting, W1 / FREE / till 8 March 14

Untitled (scarti 26), 2003,
twice printed lithographic paper
© Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin

“’When were you born?
The day the first airplane flew into Burundi...
Do you have a family?
I gave birth to eight children... My remaining child lives in Burundi. And my grandchildren... killed in the massacres of 1993, except for one, the child of my surviving daughter.
Marie banishes the genocide to the back of her mind “I think of the dead when they come into my head. When they don’t, I leave them alone. There is no use going crazy over the dead.
Which war are you talking about?
The first war was when... the Belgians fought the Germans over who would rule Burundi. Then the Burundians fought the Belgians for independence. And then, there was civil war. Burundian against Burundian... Tutsis have killed and so have Hutus... Good and bad got mixed up”’ Extract from The Ghetto by Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Trolley Publishing, 2003.

Saturday 15 February, I made my way from Goodge Street to Paddington Street. From Bang Bang’s shop to the Hellenic Centre’s Greek film screening. Slaloming across the streets in W1, I went through Riding House and came face to face with Art Nouveau lettering in gold and green mosaic reading TJ. Boulting’s signs. I couldn’t resist but enter the building. Hannah Watson welcomed me to the art space and explained to me patiently (I had to change my hearing aids batteries) about Herbert Fuller-Clark’ Art and Craft / Art Nouveau architect who also designed the interior of Blackfriars Pub in the City Of London; the gallery, the book publishing.

Scarti is the technical term in Italian for the paper that is fed through the printing press twice before making a book, to clean the drums of ink between print runs. This by-product is usually destroyed once the book is printed. But in this case the ‘scarti’ – Italian for scraps - were saved and stored away by publisher Gigi Giannuzzi. Following his untimely death in December 2012 this box was discovered.

Untitled (scarti 3), 2003,
twice printed lithographic paper
© Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin

Scarti is the name of Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin’s exhibition @ T J Boutling. A declination of their iconic book Ghetto published in 2003 by Trolley Publishing: technical errors. Superimpositions. “double exposure”. Juxtapositions. Reject. “Coincidences” of facts...

Did Broomberg & Chanarin come to photography by error, for the past 20 years? Adam studied sociology and art history, and Oliver, philosophy and artificial intelligence.
Interviewed by Rémy Coignet from Le Monde newspaper, Broomberg says that “living in South Africa played (a part). Photography was there with very political movements such as the Bang-Bang Club. Censorship there was powerful. Photography has always been important in this country. It could never be taken lightly”. As for Chanarin “... my father taught me to shoot and he instilled in me a love of photography... then I started working with Adam for Colors Magazine. I am interested in color photography. I discovered the world of press photography, documentary, fashion. After a few years working in Colors, I felt an urgent need to produce my own photos. And this is where Adam and I started to photograph together”.

Untitled (scarti 6), 2003,
twice printed lithographic paper
© Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin

Broomberg & Chanarin travel extensively around the world and photograph people we don’t often see in images. Both of them record the theatre of violence’s suburb; its result or way of living. They don’t footstep into Raymond Depardon or Don McCullin. They document the ordinary life in conflict zones.
Scarti is the poetical surrealist composition of human suffering softened to the point where beauty, not as glamour or glittery, gives an image a detachment from its reality adding an extra dimension. Some young Tanzanian refugees perched in a tree with a casual arm of a South African prisoner dropping into the back scene; an African‘ man face coupled with crackled land; an American octogenarian from ‘Leisure World’ retirement home sits almost perfectly atop the knee of a Kurdish lorry driver.

As Marie from Burundi says “... Good and bad got mixed up... ” Not the good and bad as opposed words, but as elements to jungle with to balance life.

Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin are artists living and working in London. Together they have had numerous international exhibitions and their work is represented in major public and private collections including Tate Modern, The Museum of Modern Art, the Stedelijk Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Musée de l’Elysée, The International Center of Photography and Loubna Fine Art Society. They also have produced several award-winning publications and have their own imprint, Chopped Liver Press. They were recently awarded the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013 for their work, War Primer 2.

TJ Boulting - 59 RIDING HOUSE STREET, LONDON W1W 7EG - - T: +44 (0)20 7729 6591- OPENING TIMES: TUES - SAT, 11am - 6pm – FREE -