Part of Artists Open House Festival “Somewhere, Over the Rainbow” is not just pictures hanging on a living room wall… Straight from the Tate Modern, SEAS will exhibit the provocative installation “The New Union Flag” by Gil Mualem Doron and a proposal for a flag for Brighton, which will be handed to mayor Pete West at the opening. Alongside, a spaceship will incorporate hundreds of works by pupils from St Luke’s, St Mary’s, St John, and Balfour Primary Schools in Brighton. The Migrant English Project’s members will exhibit a series of collages on ceramics telling their stories from far and near. The photographer, Russell Watkins will exhibit a photo journey he took during his work with DFID UK at refugee camps in the Middle East, and the photographer Alice Mutasa will exhibit portraits of Touareg refugees from Timbuktu. Outside the Box, recently exhibited at the Tate Modern, artist Laura Sorvala will exhibit a series of mesmerizing drawings of acts of solidarity and kindness that individuals have experienced in their everyday life. Louise Purbrick (University of Brighton) and Elaine Ortiz (Hummingbird Project) will display the project! Make it Happen!: Homes for Refugees. Works for sale, artists’ talks & workshops. The exhibition is supported by Sanctuary on Sea and Platforma – arts and refugee network.
Official Opening with Brighton’s Mayor Pete West on the 13/
05 at 12:00.
Opening days – May 6 and 7 I May 13 and 14 I May 20 and 21, May 27 and 28.
(Schools & Group visits & art collectors visits can be arranged for weekdays by appointment)
Exhibition of radical photography at SEAS – Socially Engaged Art Salon
Part of Brighton Photo Fringe.
Opening October 1st 16:00-18:00
Talks and workshops October 15th 16:00-18:00
Opens throughout October every Monday, Friday, Saturday 12:00-18:00
Socially engaging photography exhibit juxtaposing identity with global conflicts and their impact on communities. New photographic practices from the UK, Europe & the Middle East will shed light on overlooked realities – from LGBT rights, the Palestinian struggle to refugee crisis.
Some of the works in the exhibition where exhibited before at the Turner Contemporary, Margate, the Royal Academy, London, and in international newspapers and magazines.
The exhibition includes a new series of photographs by the celebrated Israeli-Palestinian photography collective ActiveStills and the photo journalist Michaela Whitton that are used as a mock tourist campaign by the Israeli Tourism Ministry. While the series invite people to visit Israel the photos in the posters and postcards shows the evils of the occupation and the Palestinians’ struggle for independence. The postcards will be distributed through the festival to visitors and will be sent as a Jewish Happy New Year greeting cards to members of the Parliament.
Hummingbird Collective will show “Be In Their Shoes” – a photography project documenting life in the refugee camps near Calais and Dunkirk in northern France. The photographer Jeta B is a Hummingbird volunteer herself and has been documenting our work since October 2015. The series reveals not only the horrendous conditions in these camp but also it is a commentary on the complexities and ethical issues of documenting the everyday life of refugees.
Estabrak Al-Ansari, an Iraqi descent former refugee, based in Oman and the UK will exhibit large scale works from her project ‘Omanis Under Water’ which was exhibited the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition. Using water as a representation of the environment and current societal choices of local norms, Estabrak examines underlying discourses that constitute Oman’s society, through a lens ignored by many. The use of Omani’s placed in water reveal parts of Omani’s society that uniformed clothing were always made to hide.
Gil Mualem Doron, who specialized in socially engaged art practices, will exhibit a series of photographs from 21 cities around the world documenting via image and short narratives the ways in which marginalized communities inhabit and transforms urban and semi-urban spaces. Mualem-Doron, presented his work at the National Gallery, London, The Turner Contemporary, Margate, The Children and Sport Museum in Colon, and in several books and art magazines.
On the 15th of October between 16:00-18:00 the participant artists will give short illustrated talks about their works, and present short films.
The exhibition will include two workshops – one by Sinna1 the graffiti artist who will show how to transform photographs into a centile graffiti. The other workshop will be an opportunity to take part in the project the New Union Flag – a proposal to change the Union Jack into a more inclusive and historically accurate representation of Great Britain. The project has been exhibited this summer at the Turner Contemporary and attracted hundreds of participants the past two years.
A part of Brighton Artist Open Houses, a new space for socially engaged art and an artist residency is going to be launched a minute away from Brighton Dome – all in the small cottage of the artivist Gil Mualem Doron, who moved recently from Brixton, London to Brighton.
Displacement – the first SEAS exhibition will be dedicated to issues of refugees, homelessness, Palestine and social justice. The exhibition will include prints, drawings, paintings, photography, agitprops, installations and short films, workshops and talks. Most of the works in the exhibition are for sale and some of the income will go to establishing an artist residency in SEAS.