Ways of Looking: New Photography Festival
Ways of Looking: A New Festival of Photography in Bradford opens with a special launch weekend beginning Friday 30 September, and runs until 30 October.
Exploring the theme EVIDENCE, the festival includes premières of newly commissioned works by internationally renowned Magnum photographer Donovan Wylie, and Turner Prize winning artists Jeremy Deller and Douglas Gordon, amongst others.
The festival will address, overturn, and playfully interact with photography’s assumed status as evidence in a range of arenas including history, politics, science, law, and conflict. Ways of Looking offers multiple curatorial approaches to the theme, ranging from museum institutions to grass-roots collectives. Many of the works have been specially commissioned for the festival and will be shown for the first time in Bradford.
Featured artists and collectives include: Diane Bielik, Jeremy Deller, Alan Dunn, Invisible Flock, Simon Ford and Colin Lloyd, Douglas Gordon, Bradford Grid, Shanaz Gulzar, Daniel Meadows, Red Saunders, Corinne Silva, Daniel Staincliffe, and Donovan Wylie.
The festival is accompanied by a full events programme. Highlights include The Architecture of Conflict seminar day at the National Media Museum, in collaboration with the London College of Communication, which will explore how photography has engaged with the militarisation of urban spaces. Photography on Trial is a series of debates taking place in the setting of City Hall’s Victorian Court Room, presented by Redeye, the Photography Network, in partnership with Impressions Gallery.
The full festival programme is available at http://waysoflooking.org
Ways of Looking is organised by Impressions Gallery, National Media Museum, and The Culture Company, with partners Bradford Grid, Bradford Museums and Galleries, Fabric, Gallery II University of Bradford, and Leeds Met Gallery and Studio Theatre. The festival is supported by Arts Council England through the National Lottery Fund and Bradford Metropolitan District Council.