Down But Not Out........Photo-ID has won a new and generous Society Award Extension Grant to our original Wellcome Trust award. This will enable potential regional venues to receive the Photo-ID exhibition largely free of cost. More than 30 galleries and museums around the country have been approached and we will update this site as touring options for the exhibition become firmed up.
One month on! The exhibition has finished and has been dismounted.We are now busy looking for other venues that will show all or part of the exhibition as part of the Wellcome Trust's Identity Season. Watch this space.....
What a difference a day makes. The views from the Forum webcam on the 29th and 30th Aug...
The Meet the Photographers session took place at the Forum
Saturday 1st August.
At last! Photo-ID is open, as the images below of the launch prove....
...and installation is underway....Wednesday saw the final milawall installation and the hanging of some of the work:
Jaycock has a big job on his hands
Lemberger's work is hung!
The MilaWall system is being built over Tuesday and Wednesday, 28-29 July. Installation of the work will be on Wednesday and Thursday.
You can see all this happening in real time on the Forum webcam at http://tinyurl.com/n74n48, which refreshes every 5 minutes or so!
Photo-ID: THE BOOK:The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated book/catalogue
that includes details of the photographers and also
comprehensively catalogues their work. The book, edited by Keith
Roberts, will also contain essays that explore some of the social and
scientific issues surrounding identity. You can download pdfs of the various book chapters here (except Ch5 which is too large!):
1. Introduction DOWNLOAD
2. Photography, Identity and Photo-ID DOWNLOAD
3. The Genetic Re-Making Of Identity And Why it Should Not Be Trusted by Christine Hauskeller DOWNLOAD
4. Genetics and Identity; Explaining Our History, Defining Our Futures? by Barbara Jennings DOWNLOAD
5. Photo-ID: The Catalogue (including 'Identity in Quotes' and References) DOWNLOAD
6. Cover Art DOWNLOAD
7. Front Matter DOWNLOAD
Saturday 1 – Saturday 29 August, 2009
The Forum, Millennium Plain, Bethel Street, Norwich, NR2 1TF
7.00am – midnight each day
Photo-ID: photographers and scientists explore identityThis website will cover all aspects of the forthcoming photography exhibition, Photo-ID.
The exhibition will feature ten new commissioned photography
installations, and will be shown, free to the public, in The Forum,
Norwich as part of Contemporary Art Norwich 2009.
No doubt you’re sure about who you are (and you probably have a
pretty good idea about your neighbour as well). But how did you arrive
at that knowledge about your identity (and hers!). The way in which
identity is constructed is a complex process. At one level, how you
choose to describe yourself (and others) might combine information
about age, gender, appearance, faith, nationality, ethnicity, language,
accent, occupation, status, family and where you come from. On another
level, how you feel about being ‘you’ might embrace more complex issues
like personality, mood, mental state, illness, and relationships. Some
of these factors are genetically influenced while others are probably
not. At yet another level, your identity may reside in your name, a
driving licence, a passport, a photograph, or genetically related
biometric data such as fingerprints, iris scans or even DNA profiles!
Some of these complex issues of personal and social identity will be explored through Photo-ID,
a major photography exhibition in The Forum, in Norwich City centre,
throughout August 2009. It will present the work of ten specially
commissioned photographers, who will each visually approach the idea of
identity, within a cross-cutting context that explores how recent
information about our human genome affects how we, and others, will
think about and use identity in the future. It will be freely open to
the general public, and will be accompanied by a full programme of
ancillary educational activities and a fully illustrated catalogue/book.
The photographers meet in Norwich, Jan 2009....
Photo-ID photographers outside The Forum: Back row from the left, Marlene Haring, Carl Jaycock, Joanne Kane, Simon Terrill and Mark Edwards.
Front row from the left: Asa Johannesson, Evi Lemberger, Paul Sucksmith, Dave Lewis and Kim Cunningham.
Commission details: The
selection panel met all day on 10th December 2008, and looked at the work of 250
applicants! These were from 30 different
countries, and the overall standard of work was outstanding. We
selected in the end 10 artists for the commissions, more than we
strictly had funds for.
The following artists have been awarded the Photo-ID commissions:
Photo-ID was a unique open exhibition of new commissioned photographic work that engages with issues of identity. The exhibition was throughout August 2009. Ten commissioned photographers were selected on December 10th 2008 by the independent expert panel below.
Martin Barnes (Chair) – Curator of Photography, V&A Museum
Gilane Tawadros – founding director of inIVA, Board member of Photoworks
Lynda Morris – Curator, EASTinternational
Richard Denyer – Norwich University College of the Arts
Keith Roberts – Photo-ID exhibition curator, NCAS
The selection panel after their successful deliberations: l to r. Richard Denyer, Lynda Morris, Keith Roberts, Gilane Tawadros, Martin Barnes
Photo-ID was an important and integral component of Norwich’s biennial visual art festival, Contemporary Art Norwich 2009 (CAN09), alongside other events such as EASTinternational. CAN09 is a part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival programme.