'We abstracted our experience—that is how we saved ourselves': emotional opening at Margate's show of African American artHead here to read the review
Join the American civil rights photographer for this special talk
Known for her work during the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement, this is a unique opportunity to hear from activist and documentary photographer Dr Doris Derby. Derby is widely recognised for her explorations of Black history and culture, producing thousands of photographs documenting the struggles and hopes of African Americans from the 1960s through to the 1970s.
This public talk coincides with the 81-year-old’s inclusion in We Will Walk – Art and Resistance in the American South at Turner Contemporary in Margate, which features a selection of these photographs. Curated by artist Hannah Collins and theorist and researcher Paul Goodwin, the exhibition is open 7 February to 3 May 2020.
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"From lynching and slavery to the civil rights movement, Alabama’s artists expressed the momentous events they lived through – as a landmark new exhibition reveals."
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'Through the lens of civil rights photographer Doris Derby – in pictures
The activist, photographer and former academic Doris Derby lived and worked in the southern US at the height of the civil rights era. Her images capture not the protests of the 60s but the everyday realities of black lives at that time. Here she talks us through some of her photographs.'
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"Bringing together the work of over 40 leading artists, designers and musicians, Mushrooms looks at fungi’s colourful cultural legacy, as well as the promise it offers to reimagine our relationship with the planet." Contributing artists include Takashi Murakami, Haroon Mirza, Hannah Collins, Adham Faramawy, Annie Ratti, Simon Popper, Jae Rhim Lee, Graham Little, Seana Gavin, Perks and Mini, and Mae-ling Lokko.Head here for more information.
I will make up a song and sing it in a theatre with night air above my head will be shown at the 49th International Film Festival in Rotterdam in early 2020 as part of the Wait and See program. It will be shown on 24 Jan as well as 31 Jan. For tickets and more information head here
KQED arts have reviewed I will make up a song and sing it in a theatre with night air above my head at SFMOMA. Read the review here
I will make up a song and sing it in a theatre with night air above my head will be shown at the 49th International Film Festival in Rotterdam in early 2020 as part of the Wait and See program. Wait and See is part of the official “Perspectives” section of IFFR, and is curated by IFFR programmer Edwin Carels. For more information head here
Read Monica Westin's review of 'I Will Make Up a Song' at SFMOMA on Art Agenda here
Hannah Collins current exhibition in Barcelona is featured in spanish newspaper La Vanguardia.To read the full article head here
Hannah Collins presents a new work made in collaboration with Duncan Bellamy.
"This presentation brings together still photography and an immersive video installation exploring the work of Egyptian Modernist architect Hassan Fathy. Searching for models that might address the urgent contemporary problems of housing, poverty, and environmental sustainability, Collins (English, b. 1956) reconsiders Fathy’s mid-twentieth-century utopian experiments in sustainable architecture and rural community building at New Gourna and New Baris in Egypt. Her installation underscores the visual and philosophical connections between the ancient Egyptian structures and Fathy’s historically grounded, forward-looking designs, and prompts us to meditate on the past as well as contemplate new solutions for the future."
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Hannah Collins has been awarded The Rose Award for Photogrpahy prize for her work in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Nelson Mandela’s Teenage Home, National Monument. The award is "for a photograph or series of photographs".
Hannah Collins is showing two large scale works in the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy in London. The exhibition runs from 10 June - 12 August.
"Feast for the Eyes explores the rich history of food as a subject in photography. From basic sustenance to decadent feasts, food awakens the senses and touches both private and public life. Eating is one of the most mundane and profane acts, yet it is also central to our rituals, religions, and celebrations. Food reflects our desires and fantasies; it can stand in for sex, be a signal of status, or engage in our politics. As a subject that is commonly at hand, food has been and continues to be widely depicted. Today, photographing your food has never been more popular, and through photo-sharing on social media, photography has become part of the dining experience. And photographs of food—much like food itself—can raise deep-seated questions about issues such as family, tradition, domesticity, wealth, poverty, gender, race, pleasure, revulsion, and consumption."
Tour schedule below. More information can be found here
Louisiana Museum of Art and ScienceBaton Rouge, LouisianaJune 13 – September 16, 2018
FOAMAmsterdam, NetherlandsDecember 21, 2018 – March 6, 2019
C/O BerlinBerlin, GermanyJune – September 2019
The Photographers’ GalleryLondonOctober 2019 – January 2020
Hasselblad FoundationGöteborg, SwedenFebruary 21 – May 3, 2020
I will make up a song and sing it in a theatre with the night air above my head.
A new audio visual work about the work of Egyptian modernist architect Hassan Fathy at New Gourna and New Baris in Egypt. Fathy pioneered sustainable mud architecture and new ways of looking at community for rural people from the 1950s onwards in Egypt and beyond. Work developed with musician Duncan Bellamy.
An exhibition of new work. From 14th March onwards.
A large scale newly made print of one of a series of four works that describe Nelson Mandela’s birthplace in Mvezo in South Africa is being installed at the newly renovated Ford Foundation. The iconic building designed by Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo completed in 1968 will become the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice at 430 East 43rd Street. The newly renovated building will re-open to the public in November 2018.
The new print is 548cm wide and will sit outside the Mandela meeting room.
"I undertook a journey to understand my own act of looking, travelling to South Africa I visited and photographed a monument built to celebrate the birthplace of Nelson Mandela in Mvezo in the Transvaal. The site itself is remote, over four hours on dirt roads cross country. Later I was taken to see the family who supported Mandela through his teenage years and photographed the hut he made his home at this time. This is now a national monument though there is little to suggest its status or to celebrate its occupant except a few random books. These four pictures are part of Parallel."
Hannah Collins will participate in the exhibition — Bestea Naiz / El otro soy yo / The other is me
25 Years! Shared Histories, Shared Stories, will be running from 20 October 2018 to 10 February 2019.
The exhibition will feature works from the Winterthur museum collection, selected by 25 individuals as well as Fotomuseum’s new director, Nadine Wietlisbach.
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Hannah Collins is one of four artists who have produced posters for Swiss Cottage Library a classic building designed by Sir Basil Spence.
The posters all focus on Equality Place Power and Identity. Hannah Collins spent time with children living on the Alexander and Ainsworth Estate designed by Neave Brown and opened in 1978 the year she finished college and where her studio is situated She asked them to show her how they felt about the architecture that surrounds them.
The posters will go on show on the 14th October.
'The impact of the arts, culture and the humanities on coexistence and cosmopolitanism'
Along with AC Grayling and William Kingswood, Hannah will be in conversation with Santiago Íñiguez as part of the Hay Festival in Segovia on Friday 21st September.
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Hannah Collins is working with Turner Contemporary in Margate to curate We Will Walk - Art of Protest and Resistance in the American South to open in Margate in January 2020 then touring.
The exhibition project aims to illuminate the ongoing relationship between creative expression and Civil Rights. The exhibition will, for the first time, bring together the sculptures, quilts and site-specific production of African American artists who grew up in direct contact with Civil Rights actions, alongside photographs and documentation of the Civil Rights era. The work of artists whose lives were entwined with the Civil Rights movement, and has a resulting direct power, is only now being internationally recognised.Hannah Collins is documenting those works which cannot be moved and are site specific. Specific to these artists’ works is a strong awareness of materials and a consciousness of the artist’s own role as guardian of and witness to, both nature and social change. By also featuring contemporary artworks exploring the vital social and political legacy of the Civil Rights period, the exhibition reaches for an understanding of the immense impact the events and imagery continue to exert.
Hannah will be showing the pictures above in an upcoming group show in Munich at Galerie Tanit.
For more details please see the gallery website here
Hannah is one of the Headlands Center For The Arts, Artist in Residence 2018 Awardees.
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Hannah will be showing the picture above in 'Champignons!' , which is curated by Francesca Gavin. The show will run from 08 September through to 10 November.
Though born in Snow Hill, Alabama in 1917, Noah Purifoy lived most of his life in Los Angeles and Joshua Tree, California, where he died in 2004. The exhibition of his work, Junk Dada, at LACMA in 2015 as well as the recent publication by Steidl of his notebooks and essays in High Desert, have contributed to the legacy of this long-overlooked artist who first came to prominence with sculpture assembled from the debris of the Watts Rebellion of 1965.
In the last fifteen years of his life Purifoy lived in the Mojave Desert where he created large-scale sculptures spread over ten acres. On visiting this site Hannah Collins made a series of exquisite black-andwhite photographic studies of Purifoy’s work. Her rigorous aesthetic stance is unwittingly reminiscent of the formality of Walker Evans, who would have greatly appreciated Purifoy’s transformation of discarded materials into grand yet vernacular forms.
Message from the Interior, Walker Evans’ photographic study of 1966, which through the selection of a handful of pictures of interiors suggests a wide and disparate landscape, became a model for the publication of Collins’ work from Purifoy’s site. Her 18 photographs are presented here in a format that exactly echoes Evans’ publication, both typographically and spatially. The intention is not imitative, but refers to the grandeur and scale achieved by Purifoy. Cumulatively his work becomes a transitory monument inevitably destined to decay into the desert itself.
You can pre-order the book here
18 black and white photographs shot using a large format camera are exhibited alongside a sound installation which examines the period from 1958 - 1970 both in California and further afield. During this period Noah Purifoy an African American sculptor who had come from Alabama to Los Angeles lived and worked as a social catalyst and artist. In a momentous time of change Purifoy developed both his social and cultural ideas which were in evidence during the final period of his life when he moved to Joshua Tree in the California Desert and created a sculptural installation there made entirely of repurposed objects. The soundtrack accompanying the images is made up of the voices of those who took part in the events of the 60s recalling and recounting some of the forces at work. Those interviewed include Ed Bereal, Ben Caldwell, Emory Douglas, Samella Lewis, John Outterbridge and Ed Ruscha. An accompanying artist book creates a link between the photographs of Walker Evans that recalled the vernacular of the South and Hannah collins’ recording of Purifoy’s reimagined spaces, the book will be produced by Steidl publishers during 2017.