Exhibition: Positions of Power

Photography exhibition Positions of Power is a pre-exhibition presented by Disparity Collective who are currently taking part in Lightbox 2017/18. Lightbox is a Redeye initiative which is an intensive year-long course, launching the careers of professional photographers through workshops, networking sessions and support from experts in the photography industry. The programme is designed to challenge assumptions, encourage reflection and nurture artistic potential, with collaboration at its core and guidance from group Mentor, Kate Jesson, Curator at Manchester City Art Gallery.

Positions of Power runs ahead of a Liverpool based installation and exhibition, based around themes of power. The exhibition is designed to present the images in a narrative and thematic sequence, challenging the conformities of power and where it stands today. Framing interpretations from seven visual artists, the exhibition will develop an understanding of each individual photographer’s take on power, set to co-exist in the space. There is a diverse set of people and places documented in the photographic works. This will allow a different set of backgrounds and understandings to co-exist in the space which will be aimed to evoke a chronicle of sequences within the display.

Charlie Booth from Redeye said: “Disparity Collective, mentored by Kate Jesson Curator of Manchester Art Gallery, is one of the three formed groups that have come out of this years Lightbox course. We are delighted that they have already begun work on the first in progress exhibition at Tapestry Gallery in Liverpool and look forward to seeing the photography they have created as a group so far.”

The preview exhibition at Blackpool & The Fylde College runs from Wednesday 7 February from 5pm alongside the Redeye 4th Year event. The full exhibition takes place at Tapestry – Fabric District Liverpool  23 to 28 March 2018


You can read more about the Disparity Collective Photographers below:

Keeley Bentley is a Fine Art Photographer & Lecturer based in the North West of England. Keeley’s work challenges her personal transition to adulthood, which is explored through various female characters that provoke narratives surrounding the voyeur presented upon women showcased in the media. Keeley currently lectures in Photography at Blackpool & the Fylde College, whilst studying an MA in Photography at Manchester School of Art. She has had international recognition within various photographic publications which includes The British Journal of Photography.

Drew Forsyth specializes in commercial, dance and portrait photography, and is based in Manchester. His work has been featured in The Sunday Times, The Guardian. Throughout his work, he has had the chance to photograph some amazingly talented individuals, including Astronaut Tim Peake, Nobel Prize Winner Sir Andre Geim, Particle Physicist and Presenter Brian Cox, and Double Olympic Medal Winning Athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill.

Abbie Jennings is a 23 year old recent BA (Hons) Photography graduate from Hull, now based in Manchester. A published live music photographer and proud Hullensian, her work explores aspects of people, places and personal nostalgia. She has exhibited at LOOK17 Festival, Liverpool, and been featured in the Hull Music Photographers exhibition at HiP Gallery, Hull. She was awarded with the Redeye Student Talent Award 2017 for her degree project ‘We Are Hull’.

Jamal Jameel works with refugees and asylum seekers in Manchester Jamal creates extraordinary self-portraits directed by the subjects he intends to portray. By handing over the role as photographer this community-engaging project gives full control to the model allowing them to make a true reflection of how they feel perceived.

Conrad Ohnuki is an Australian photographer based in Manchester. He’s interested in the landscape as an antihuman force. His photography records how we scar the landscape with our patterns of work, conflict and habituation but also how it reclaims its own; eroding our structures and threatening our infrastructure. His project “The Concrete Coast” won the Micheal Ormerod travel award.

Claire Griffiths investigates social documentary through photography, hidden cultures and cinematic approaches to photography. Her work is concerned with community environments, and psychology of place. Her current project captures the stories and history of performers in Blackpool in and prior to the 1970’s supported by Arts Council England. Her images from Jeremy Deller’s project – “We’re here because We’re here” were featured on the BBC Documentary and were published in the associated book in 2017.

Mark Hobbs has been a photographer for over twenty years as both an amateur and a professional. His main passion is portrait and documentary photography, areas he is exploring further in 2018 with the Redeye Lightbox program.  His work is driven by the real version of a subject, rather than the portrayed one, in everything from statistics to selfies. He has worked on projects covering self-employment, mental health, housing and snowmen. Mark’s work has featured in a variety of publications and a number of exhibitions, most recently for Chorlton Arts Festival in May 2016.

 Charlie Booth splits her time between roles at Redeye, the photography network as Programme Coordinator and as a Community Engagement Manager at Manchester Histories. She is also an Associate Curator for Weiora Projects, most recently working on the National Touring exhibition, Tall Tales.  Since graduating from the University of Manchester with a BA (hons.) in History of Art she has worked with organisations such as The Hepworth Wakefield, Let’s Go!, South Square Gallery, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, FutureEverything and Sounds from the Other City. In 2015, she co-founded a small affordable art gallery in the Centre of Manchester. TAGallery ran for a year and exhibited work from Manchester based artists Stanley Chow, Richard Shields, James Moss and MCR Moleskine project.

Kate Jesson is best known for her roles as curator of Manchester Art Gallery, Kate is also one of three mentors for Lightbox 2017/18. Her role at Manchester Art Gallery has seen her bring of exhibitions including most recently Vogue 100, Strange and Familiar and Manchester based artist Pat Flynn to the gallery. Kate is also a freelance arts consultant and is part of the team that organise the annual Manchester Contemporary; an invitational art fair that gives a platform to emerging galleries and their artists during Buy Art Fair in Manchester.  Kate is also currently Chair of the Contemporary Visual Arts Network (NW), a network creating opportunities for artists, and professionals to develop their practice, share ideas, knowledge & resources, and cultivate relationships and sits on the board at The Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool.

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