FORMAT International Photography Festival, established in 2004, is the UK’s largest international biennale of contemporary photography, taking place in venues throughout Derby.
FORMAT19 includes exhibitions, talks, conference, performances, workshops, portfolio reviews and more. Curated around the theme of FOREVER//NOW, the festival explores global perspectives on memory, archives and the enduring moment through incredible works by new and world-leading artists. A selection of these works feature in two exhibitions presented at Pickford’s House Museum.
RADICAL VISIONS: CAMERAWORK REVISITED
CURATED BY FOUR CORNERS
This exhibition reactivates the archives of Camerawork magazine (1976-1985), situating its radical approaches to photojournalism within the context of our current social/political moment. Emerging from the 1970s community arts movement, Camerawork did not view photography as a specialist practice, instead asserting the medium’s potential to effect social change. Inspired by the 1930s Worker-Photography Movement, its grassroots approach documented the political struggles of Thatcher-era Britain. Work by local people was shown alongside established practitioners including Jo Spence, Daniel Meadows, Susan Meiselas, Peter Kennard and many others. Contemporary photographers supported by Four Corners will be invited to submit images which speak to Camerawork’s ethos. Selected images will be projected into the space, creating a dialogue between two eras.
ANTON KUSTERS: THE BLUE SKIES PROJECT
The Blue Skies Project by Anton Kusters is an installation of 1078 mounted, peel-apart Polaroids of blue skies, accompanied by a 13-year real-time tracking audio piece created by Ruben Samama. The images were made between 2012 and 2017 at the last known locations of every former Nazi Germany concentration camp. One thousand and seventy-eight official concentration camps existed throughout Europe during the Nazi rule in Germany from 1933 to 1945. The artist comments that the blue skies in the project “…collectively bear witness to the systematic trauma that was happening below.” http://antonkusters.com/theblueskiesproject.