March 17, 2017

Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up - 17 March, 2017

This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up - a preview of FORMAT 17, the UK's largest photography festival which opens next week in Derby. Also Melbourne's Kristian Laemmle-Ruff showcases MIND THE GAP at fortyfivedownstairs. Plus Glenna Gordon's wonderful Diagram of the Heart.


(C) Dara McGrath

Next week Derby hosts the latest iteration of the UK's largest photography festival, FORMAT17, which first appeared on the international calendar in 2004. With a festival theme of HABITAT, this year FORMAT17 will showcase work from more than 200 international artists and photographers who explore what this theme means to them. 

In a program that sees 30 exhibitions in which emerging and established artists reside side by side, FORMAT17 will feature works on subjects as diverse as landscapes, digital worlds, migration, displacement and regeneration, all of which reflect HABITAT. 

These are some of the artists in the Open Call exhibition:

(C) Sheng-Wen Lo, Nanjing Underwater World, China (2015)

(C) Poulomi Basu - the Ritual of Exile (winner of the 2017 FotoEvidence Book Award)

(C) Lee Deigaard, Buckshot

(C) Edgar Martins

(C) CJ Clarke

(C) Matej Povse, Balkan Trails

Additionally, the FORMAT17 program also includes a photo book market, workshops, portfolio reviews and more. Check out the program here.   

From one of the feature exhibitions:

(C) Sadie Wechsler-Takeoff

(C) Lisa Barnard

Curated by Hester Keijser and Louise Clements

Opens March 23

Exhibition: Melbourne
Kristian Laemmle-Ruff - MIND THE GAP

Since I first saw his work back in 2014 in the beautiful book, In the Folds of Hills, I've been a fan of this young Melbourne photographer, who keeps pushing the bar. Last year I featured some of the images from this exhibition on Photojournalism Now, which at the time was showing in Perth. 

Now Mind the Gap is making its Melbourne debut next week at fortyfivedownstairs in the CBD. 

Combining photography, sound, text, documentary and installations, Mind the Gap is an intriguing exhibition as each of its components come together to create a powerful, complex narrative that when stripped bare, is essentially about our connection to the Earth, about our humanity. 

Put Mind the Gap on your "don't miss" list.

21 March - 01 April
45 Flinders Lane

Diagram of the Heart - Glenna Gordon

American photographer Glenna Gordon drew inspiration from romance novels written by Muslim women in Northern Nigeria to create her monograph Diagram of the Heart, which was published last year by Red Hook Editions. 

These female novelists don’t only write about love. Some address controversial issues such as child marriage and human trafficking. Others pen dreams of escape and rescue. 

The penning of romance novels seem an unlikely pursuit in a country that is usually associated with misery, conflict and death. These images tell a different story.

All images (C) Glenna Gordon

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