The Handmade Photograph

Bridget Coaker, Julie Cockburn and Aliki Braine in Discussion

13—13 feb 2013


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Bridget Coaker, Director of Troika Editions and Night Picture Editor at the Guardian and Observer newspapers, will discuss with artists Julie Cockburn and Aliki Braine the rise of craft and artistic interventions within photography and how their own interventions of hole punching, cutting, collaging and embroidery have pushed the boundaries of what we consider art photography to be in the 21st Century.

2012 witnessed a proliferation of exhibitions in London which underlined a discernible shift in what we now define as photography. No longer thought of as craftless, reliant on the technical qualities of the camera or hidebound by the documentary genre, photography has blossomed into an expressive medium celebrated for its ability to describe purely visual ideas.

A graduate of Central St Martins where she studied sculpture, Julie Cockburn’s work defies categorization. An artist working with photography, but her mixed media creations directly challenge our perception of what photography is. Represented by Flowers and the Photographers Gallery, included in the BJP’s Paper Rocks and Scissors exhibition and the Photography as Object show at the Sumarria Lunn gallery all place her firmly within the British photography scene. But Julie has also won the Jerwood Prize for Drawing in 2010 and the Marmite Prize for Painting and it is this collision with other art forms that makes her work so exciting.

Aliki Braine studied Fine Art at the Ruskin School, University of Oxford before going onto to do her MA at The Slade and finally completing an MA in the History of Art at the Courtauld Institute. It is this grounding in both the practice and theory of art that she combines in her work and draws upon while exploring the recurrent theme of the painted landscape.

In his essay “Wilful Damage” John Hilliard highlights Aliki’s concern to show the photograph as an object. Through interventions such as making holes in the negative, scratching the surface of the emulsion or drawing on the film with typex, Aliki systematically damages or obliterates the negative, drawing our attention to its material presence and the specificity of the photograph itself.

Bridget Coaker is a picture editor based in London, where she works for the Guardian and Observer newspapers and is also Director of Photography for the contemporary photography gallery Troika Editions. She has curated a number of exhibitions and in 2009 was Director of the Hereford Photography Festival where she presented the photography of European photographers working with the image of the child in “Seen But Not Heard” and curated the retrospective show of photojournalist and filmmaker John Bulmer.

Bridget is a visiting lecturer at UK Universities, including the University for the Creative Arts, University of Derby and the Hereford College of Art. In 2011 she joined the steering committee of the FORMAT International Photography Festival and participated in the North East Photography Network Symposium – Photography Publishing and the Future of the Photo-Book. Bridget has also written about photography including for the online art photography magazine, 1000 Words, The Daily Telegraph and is a contributing writer for the book “Exhibiting Photography” published by Focal Press.

This talk runs from 6:30 pm at 51 Hoxton Square, London N1 6PB.

Our talks are open to everyone. We recommend booking early to avoid disappointment, as numbers are limited.

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