Site and Meaning - Photography Networking Event including talk with Julien Bonnin 6 Feb 2020


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Julien Bonnin, Studio Aftermath, 2016, from the series Relics.

Thursday 6 February 2020 6.30-8pm Fabrica 40 Duke Street Brighton BN1 1AG

We invite you to discover new work and connect with industry professionals and peers at this relaxed evening of discussion and music at Fabrica, in partnership with Brighton Photo Fringe and Spectrum Phtotographic.

We'll be joined by Julien Bonnin the winner of the In Between Gallery open call currently on show in Fabrica's main window. With other contributors to the event exploring Brighton’s evolving photography scene and posing questions around site specific photography.

There will also be an opportunity to browse photobooks and zines at the PhotoBookShow pop up, including newly published work alongside rare and limited edition publications.

This event is free, however, places are limited.

RSVP to office@fabrica.org.uk to reserve a place.

The evening is themed around Site and Meaning and marks Fabrica's selection of a new work by Julien Bonnin showing winter 2019-20 at the In Between Gallery, a window gallery open 24 hours a day for passers-by to experience an artwork by an emerging photographer. The work displayed, Studio Aftermath, 2016, references the conflict in the Middle East; its memory, narrative and mythology.

Following an open call from Fabrica, Spectrum and Brighton Photo Fringe, a work by French photographer Julien Bonnin (b.1983, La Rochelle - lives in Paris) was chosen for the gallery space, a 3 metre x 4 metre window facing one of Brighton’s busiest streets. The work will be seen by an estimated 400-500k people during its installation until 27 March 2020.

Studio Aftermath (2016), revolves around the idea of constructed realities and the practice inherent to studio photography, with its background and kitsch props. Each set is a hand-made diorama, re-enacting a specific memory/fantasy from a photographer that had to flee from his studio and Beirut during the Lebanese War.

In this series the artist investigates and recreates potential narratives encompassing the imagery and mythology of War as well as the codes or stereotypes related to history and cultural appropriation in the Middle East. The image depicts the aftermath of a car-bomb suicide attack, a scene that has been widely exposed and disseminated in mass medias to embody the violence of conflicts in these regions.

See more of Julien's work here.

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