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    Boissonnas in Egypt Exhibition

    TrAIN Recommends (external event)

    Exhibition runs from 2nd – 30th November 2017 Private View: 2nd November, 17.30-19.30

    Fred Boissonnas (1858-1946) was invited to Egypt in 1929 by King Fuad I to take photographs for the lavish publication L’Egypte (1932), and he returned to complete his Egyptian journey in 1933. During the later trip he embarked on a photographic expedition to Mount Sinai, following the route of the Israelites as recorded in the book of Exodus, and photographing the traditional biblical sites that he encountered on his journey. This work became the book project he never finished. Boissonnas in Egypt focuses on the photographic work for both books, visually exploring the complex histories of the newly formed ‘modern’ state (following Britain’s unilateral declaration of Egyptian independence) and the photographer’s own search for inspiration in the deserts of Sinai.

    Exhibition talks
    will take place every Thursday at 12.00

    9th November
    16th November
    23rd November
    30th November

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    TrAIN Special Lecture: Ewan Atkinson - A Neighbourhood Report

    Open Lecture

    As part of a three-week research residency in London Ewan Atkinson will present a TrAIN lecture on his artistic practice in conversation with David A. Bailey and Jessica Taylor of the International Curators Forum.

    Ewan’s work investigates the development of persona and character within the social boundaries that might define or confine a community, with specific reference to Caribbean island communities. “The Neighbourhood” is an ongoing project that started in 2007. Using a fictional neighbourhood and its inhabitants as tools he examines the production of meaning and identity construction, in both communal and individual contexts.

    Ewan was born in Barbados and received a BFA from the Atlanta College of Art and an MA in Cultural Studies at the University of the West Indies. He has exhibited in regional and international exhibitions including the 2015 Havana Biennial, the 2010 Liverpool Biennial, and “Infinite Islands”, a survey of contemporary Caribbean art at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. Atkinson has been an educator for over 15 years. He is currently the coordinator of the Studio Art BFA programme at the Barbados Community College and is a co-founder of Punch Creative Arena, an independent curatorial initiative.

    This is a free lecture open to the public. To book your place: https://tinyurl.com/ybassa9f

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    TrAIN Open Lecture: Dora Longo Bahia

    Open Lecture

    In 2016, the Brazilian multimedia artist Dora Longo Bahia completed her postdoctoral studies at the Faculdade de Filosofia Letras e Ciências Humanas da Universidade de São Paulo under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Vladimir Safatle that resulted in her first long feature film, O caso Dora [The Dora Case].

    O caso Dora aims to carry out a practical investigation situated on the border between documentary and fiction, taking as its main reference the film-happening by Jean-Luc Godard La Chinoise. The narrative of O caso Dora establishes a distorted mirroring between the happenings of May 1968, in Paris, and the protests of June 2013, in São Paulo. It also proposes an autobiographical reflection regarding the position of the artist in contemporaneity.

    Since the 1980’s, Dora Longo Bahia has participated in several exhibitions, amongst them: 2017, 35o Panorama da Arte Brasileira – Brasil por multiplicidade; 2012, Eloge du Vertige, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France; 2011, The Spiral and the Square, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden; 2009, IX Biennial of Monterrey, Mexico; 2008, 28th International Biennial of São Paulo.

    Join us for a film screening of O caso Dora followed by a Q&A with the artist and Dr. Michael Asbury, Reader in History and Theory of Art at TrAIN and CCW.

    This is a free event open to the public. To book your place: https://tinyurl.com/y9zyogpz

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    Boissonnas in Egypt Conference

    TrAIN Recommends (external event)

    Fred Boissonnas (1858-1946) was invited to Egypt in 1929 by King Fuad I to take photographs for the lavish publication L’Egypte (1932), and he returned to complete his Egyptian journey in 1933. During the later trip he embarked on a photographic expedition to Mount Sinai, following the route of the Israelites as recorded in the book of Exodus, and photographing the traditional biblical sites that he encountered on his journey. This work became the book project he never finished. The Boissonnas in Egypt exhibition focuses on the photographic work for both books, visually exploring the complex histories of the newly formed ‘modern’ state (following Britain’s unilateral declaration of Egyptian independence) and the photographer’s own search for inspiration in the deserts of Sinai.

    The Boissonnas and Egypt conference will present different perspectives on the context of 1920s Egypt in relation to Boissonnas’s work and explore wider debates around photography and cultural geography.

    Speakers:
    Dr Estelle Sohier (Université de Genève)
    Dr Ahmed Shams (Durham University)
    Dr Christina Riggs (University of East Anglia)
    Dr George Manginis (Benaki Museum)
    Dr Kathleen Brunner (Independent Scholar)
    Professor Oriana Baddeley (University of the Arts London TrAIN)

    The conference will be followed by a private view of the exhibition from 17.30-19.30.

    FULL PROGRAMME:

    10.00 Arrival, tea & coffee
    10.15 Welcome and introduction by Professor Oriana Baddeley
    10.30 Dr George Manginis, ‘Into Cheltenham’ – On the Way to Mount Sinai
    11.15 Dr Ahmed Shams, A Swiss Photographic Voyage
    12.00 Dr Christina Riggs, Modern antiquity: Photography in 1920s Egypt
    12.45 Panel discussion – Chair Prof. Oriana Baddeley
    13.15 Lunch break
    14.15 Dr Estelle Sohier, L’Egypte by Fred Boissonnas (1932): a Photographic Monument for the Egyptian Nation
    15.00 Dr Kathy Brunner, Boissonnas’ Return to Egypt, the Unfinished Sinai Project
    15.45 Tea & coffee
    16.15 Professor Oriana Baddeley, Boissonnas, Modernity and the Aesthetics of the Wilderness
    17.00 Panel discussion – Chair Ewelina Warner
    17.30 Private view of Boissonnas in Egypt exhibition

    To book tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boissonnas-and-egypt-conference-tickets-38801271648