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Brighton Photo Biennial 2016: Beyond the Bias – Reshaping Image ** Oct 2016 ** Brighton


Brighton Photo Biennial is the UK’s leading curated photography festival and promotes new thinking around photography through a commissioned programme of events and exhibitions.

Beyond The Bias – Reshaping Image

For its seventh edition, Brighton Photo Biennial sets out to explore understandings of identity and representation – our personal and projected image – as influenced by the pervasive genre of fashion and style photography.

Beyond the Bias – Reshaping Image, explores photography’s role in defining and informing our understanding of subjects such as: gender and sexuality, the representation of the body, the politics of style, subcultures and the subversion of social and cultural norms.

Identity and self-representation are explored in relation to the wider context of mass-representation; where self-image and attitude are often co-opted. Including work from documentary photographers and photographic approaches that knowingly reference the language of fashion and style photography, BPB16 unpicks understandings of image and self-image in relation to society.

Our theme probes photography’s duality: sometimes authentic, informing and reflective, transgressing the pervasive view; sometimes feeding into the uniformity of photographic visual culture and its influence upon us.

The exhibitions, commissions and events focus on individuality, sub-cultures and communities, in contrast to standardisation, mass-representation and the generic.

At the core of BPB16 are three major exhibition projects, one a European premiere of a show from the USA, another two are new commissions; one centered on British Youth Style, the other a UK/India collaboration exploring sexuality and identity.

These three projects are the impetus for a textured programme of companion presentations and are enriched by a live events and digital programme, devised to throw a raking light on key aspects of the ideas raised by the festival.


Exhibitions © Jo Booth, 7 Day Suit Collective

7 Day Suit: A Portrait of the Tracksuit

Photography collective 7 Day Suit, have focused on a single item of clothing, the tracksuit, and have documented, researched and presented its history, evolution and possible future.

  • Venue: Brush: Hair X Art
  • Date: 1 Oct to 30 Oct
  • Opening Times: Tues-Sat 10am – 6pm Sun 11am – 4pm Closed: Mon
  • Cost: Free


Exhibitions © Olivia Arthur/Magnum Photos, from the Photoworks and FOCUS Festival co-commissioned series 'Reimagine', 2016.


Olivia Arthur (UK) and Bharat Sikka (India) have collaborated for the first time to explore private and public presentation of self-image in relation to the body, gender, sexuality and fantasy.

Exhibitions Green, suit, glasses, yellow, white shirt,

The Dandy Lion Project

The Dandy Lion Project explores global expressions of the Black Dandy phenomenon against the backdrop of contemporary life.

  • Date: 1 Oct to 30 Oct
  • Opening Times: Mon – Sat 10am – 5pm, Sun 10am – 4pm
  • Cost: Free


Exhibitions kids, youths, wall, spotlight, Ewen Spencer, In the Crowd, night, group

Kick over the statues

In this new commissioned project, ‘Kick over the statues’, Ewen Spencer’s intention is to re-establish a belief in youth tribes and style. This Summer, Ewen has cast young Londoners along the route of the July 2016 Notting Hill Carnival and against locations in Liverpool.

  • Venue: Fabrica
  • Date: 1 Oct to 27 Nov
  • Opening Times: Wed-Sat 12-5pm Sun 2-5pm Closed Mon and Tues
  • Cost: Free
Also Showing © Dana Ariel, OPEN16 Solo winner, Peza’el, 2015

Brighton Photo Fringe 2016

Brighton Photo Fringe’s free city-wide festival of photography, features over 100 artists across 40 venues with exhibitions, talks, screenings, workshops and tours.

  • Date: 1 Oct to 30 Oct
  • Cost: Free


Exhibitions Image by Ethan and Jack

The MPower Project 

A short exhibition and performance created and performed by a group of young men aged 15 – 16 from Brighton & Hove.

  • Venue: Brighton Dome
  • Date: 29 Oct to 6 Nov
  • Opening Times: Mon – Sat 10am – 6pm
  • Cost: Free
Exhibitions hand, black and white

State of Control

What are our similarities and our differences? What unifies or divides us as a group? An exhibition of new work by young people from Brighton & Hove who have been considering their individual and collective identity.

  • Venue: Jubilee Library
  • Date: 1 Oct to 30 Oct
  • Opening Times: Open Mon, Tue, Thurs 10am – 7pm Wed, Fri, Sat 10am – 5pm Sun 11am – 5pm
  • Cost: Free
Exhibitions woman, lying down, children, sofa, tattoo, Our City, How Do We Look

Our City, How Do We Look?

An exhibition of new photography by four University of Brighton students co-commissioned with the Together the People festival – Brighton’s independent, green-field, music and arts festival.

  • Venue: Jubilee Square
  • Date: 1 Oct to 30 Oct
  • Opening Times: Outdoor installation
  • Cost: Free


Also Showing © Sarah Waiswa, 2manysiblings: Velma Rossa and Papa Petit, Nairobi

Fashion Cities Africa

In this first major UK exhibition dedicated to contemporary African fashion, Brighton Museum explores its global influence and diversity from couture to street style.

  • Venue: Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
  • Date: 1 Oct to 8 Jan
  • Opening Times: Open: Tues – Sun 10am – 5pm Closed: Mon
  • Cost: Admission payable. Discount entry available for Brighton Photo Biennial visitors


Also Showing © Tom Wood, Compact, 1997

Tom Wood at Spectrum

To celebrate the re-introduction of colour hand-printing services, Brighton Photo Biennial Print Sponsor, Spectrum Photographic hosts a celebration of the work of award-winning photographer Tom Wood.

  • Venue: Spectrum
  • Date: 1 Oct to 30 Oct
  • Opening Times: Open: Sat 10am – 4pm Sun noon – 4pm Closed Mon – Fri
  • Cost: Free
Exhibitions © Sara Shamsavari

The Dandy Lion Project Trail

Follow The Dandy Lion Project Trail to uncover additional images from the main The Dandy Lion Project from photographer Sara Shamsavari and her series, Rude Boys.

  • Date: 1 Oct to 30 Oct
  • Cost: Free


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For more information visit Brighton Photo Biennial 2016

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