Brighton Photo Biennial
2 October – 14 November, 2010
Guest curator: Martin Parr
Brighton Photo Biennial 2010: New Documents reflected the immediacy and vibrancy of contemporary photographic practice by a new generation of practitioners, the eclectic passions found in collections of historic and vernacular photography produced by commercial and amateur photographers, and presented new commissions by internationally celebrated photographers informed and inspired by the diverse communities and contexts of Brighton & Hove.
Artists and photographers include: Wout Berger (NLD), Mohamed Bourouissa (DZ), Alejandro Chaskielberg (ARG), Josef Heinrich Darchinger (DEU), Esteban Pastorino Diaz (ARG), Ju Duoqi (CHN), Stephen Gill (UK), Oscar Fernando Gomez (MEX), Rinko Kawauchi (JPN), Molly Landreth (USA), Oumar Ly (SEN), Dhruv Malhotra (IND), Billy Monk (ZAF), Suzanne Opton (USA), Viviane Sassen (NLD), Alec Soth (USA) and Zoe Strauss (USA).
The curated programme was presented in partner venues: Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Fabrica, Lighthouse, the University of Brighton Gallery and an unusual, alternative exhibition space, and working with Design Council Archives and Photoworks all in the centre of Brighton & Hove. Visitors could view the entire Biennial programme by foot. All the images were pinned onto the wall, making BPB 2010 the first frame-free photography festival in the world.
A related programme of photography exhibitions was presented in Biennial partner venues across the South East: Aspex (Portsmouth), Pallant House Gallery (Chichester), Towner (Eastbourne) and De La Warr Pavilion (Bexhill on Sea).
The BPB 2010 education programme responded to Parr’s curatorial vision. Multi-platform, artist led projects will present projected, texted, installed, moving, mobile and online photographic images during the Biennial period created by young people from Brighton & Hove and across the South East.
Martin Parr, guest curator commented, “As curator, I want to make this festival fresh, distinctive and focused on Brighton & Hove. This city is the ideal venue for a Photo Biennial. It has a natural cultural constituency of its own, and its proximity to London promises a potentially huge audience. By presenting the very best new work in an exciting and imaginative way, Brighton Photo Biennial 2010 will continue to put photography in Brighton & Hove on the national and international map.”
Photo: Martin Parr. Courtesy Brighton Photo Biennial