Photomonitor and Daniel Blau Ltd are pleased to present an evening of collaboration. On Wednesday, 16th May 2012, beginning at 7 pm, two artist talks will highlight the importance of artistic collaboration, with WassinkLundgren and Anthony Luvera each presenting their practice and the varied aspects of collaboration in their work.
WassinkLundgren is a partnership between Thijs groot Wassink and Ruben Lundgren, which began in 2005 after they both graduated from the Utrecht School of Arts, The Netherlands. Through collaboration, they make work often described as conceptual documentary photography.
In 2007 they published Empty Bottles, which won the prestigious Prix du Livre for Best Contemporary Photobook at the Rencontres d’Arles Photofestival, was nominated by Thomas Weski as ‘Best Photography Book of 2007-8’ at the Kasseler Fotoforum, and was included by Martin Parr as one of the thirty ‘best books of the decade’ exhibition and catalogue presented at Photo Ireland 2011. Other publications include WassinkLundgren is Still Searching (2006), Lu Xiaoben (2010) and Tokyo Tokyo (2010) which is currently on show as part of Hijacked III at QUAD, Derby. The same body of work can also be seen at State of the Art at the NRW-Forum in Düsseldorf and as part of The Dutch Photobook since 1945 at the Dutch Photo Museum in Rotterdam.
Wassink lives in London, where he finished an MA in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins. Lundgren lives in Beijing, where he recently finished an MA at the Central Academy of Fine Arts. On 16th May they will both be in the same city to talk about their work and collaboration at Daniel Blau Gallery.
Anthony Luvera is an Australian artist, writer and educator based in London. Since 2001 Luvera has collated photographs made by people living in London who have experienced being homeless. Between 2006 and 2008 he spent time in Belfast researching the archive of Belfast Exposed Photography and creating the body of work Residency with homeless people living in Belfast. Through these and other projects, and the social relationships upon which they are based, Luvera explores the tension between authorship (and artistic control), and the ethics involved in making photographs about other people’s lives.
Luvera’s photographic work has been exhibited widely in galleries, public spaces and festivals including the British Museum, London Underground’s Art on the Underground, National Portrait Gallery London, Belfast Exposed Photography, Australian Centre for Photography, Fotofreo and Les Rencontres D’Arles Photographie. His writing appears regularly in a wide range of periodicals and peer-reviewed journals including Source, photographies, Hot Shoe International and Photomonitor. He lectures on under-graduate and post-graduate degree courses in the photography, visual art and social sciences faculties for a number of institutions, facilitates workshops and gives lectures for public education programmes and various community photography projects across the UK.
This event runs from 7 pm at 51 Hoxton Square, London N1 6PB.
Photomonitor is proud to partner with Daniel Blau Ltd to promote engaging thought on photography and lens-based media in the UK and Ireland. www.photomonitor.co.uk