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Reportage Censored – June 24 – July 3, 2013

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

Reportage Censored

The Reportage Team is proud to announce Reportage Censored, an exhibition and discussion that we have been planning and can finally bring to you thanks to the support of our photographers, friends, family and a couple of generous benefactors.

Reportage Censored brings to the NSW public the entire uncut selection of documentary stories that were set to feature at Reportage this year on the VIVID Sydney ‘Light Walk’, before the majority were excluded by Destination NSW on the grounds the images were too distressing or offensive for public viewing.

These outdoor projections included some of the world’s best documentary photography from some of the most acclaimed photographers today.

The full uncensored works of the 2013 Reportage Projections will be made available to the public, as well as printed poster images of a selection of the censored works in three shipping containers in Hyde Park, a highly-trafficked public space. Under each image will be the question ‘Do you find this image suitable for public viewing?’.

These containers were originally used for the Photoville exhibition at the 2013 Reportage Festival and housed installations concentrating on human rights issues and social justice. The ‘Reportage Censored’ exhibition was inspired by this installation and forges the way for these spaces to engage the public in important human, social and political issues, as well as becoming symbols of freedom of speech.

Reportage presents these works in an open space, as a way of allowing you, the public, to make your own decision and bring to the fore a discussion about what is, or is not, appropriate for your own viewing. We believe it is important for Destination NSW, a statutory authority responsible for some of NSW’s signature cultural events, to hear your feedback. We also want to hear your opinions.

Reportage hopes that this exhibition will create an interesting and progressive discussion about what is seen in the public sphere, the role of photography and the Arts in the community and also broader freedom of expression issues.

Rain or shine Reportage Censored will be open from Monday, June 24 from 10am to 7pm and will run daily until Wednesday, July 3 in Hyde Park Sydney.

Please join us for the official opening of Reportage Censored and a discussion regarding the issues at hand next Saturday, June 29 at 3pm in Hyde Park on site.

Show your support, spread the word and hope to see you this week and especially next Saturday!

 

‘Ishinomaki, Japan.
Hikari Oyama, 8, plays with bubbles, after she and her grandmother payed their respects at the memorial to victims of the last year’s tsunami at the Okawa Elementary School, where 74 children were killed and 4 are still missing, on March 11, 2012 near Ishinomaki, Japan.’

Photo: Daniel Berehulak /Getty

 

Reportage Censored

Where: 
Hyde Park Sydney, Central Avenue near the Archibald Fountain

When: 
June 24 – July 3, 2013

Official Opening and Discussion : 
Saturday, June 29 at 3pm

10×8 Gallery Opening Launch – Saturday April 13, 2013

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Those who haven’t heard about it, there is a new gallery opening up in Surry Hills Sydney this April,  10×8 Gallery opens its doors to the public April 11, 2013 for its inaugural exhibition consisting of nine of Australia’s finest and emerging photographers…

The group show features work from… William Yang, Andrew Quilty, James Brickwood, Marco Bok, Donna Bailey, Alexia Sinclair, Rennie Ellis, Cuba’s Raul Cañibano Ercilla and Reportage Festival Director Stephen Dupont.

10×8 is a new Sydney based gallery specialising in multimedia art and contemporary photography and is dedicated to raising the profile of the genre.

The gallery will also be the hub for two exhibitions presented by the 2013 Reportage Festival including Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb’s ‘Violet Isle: Two Visions of Cuba’ and another soon to be announced.

The team at 10×8 have created an amazing space for workshops which will be an  ongoing feature of the Gallery and to inaugurate the space, they have joined forces with Reportage to become the hub for the 2013 Reportage Festival workshops hosting the ‘Finding Your Vision’ Workshop by Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb and the 10b Photography workshop with Francesco Zizola and Claudio Palmisano.

The group show will run from April 11 to May 11, 2013.

Public launch April 13, 2013 2pm to 5pm

To attend rsvp10x8@iinet.net.au

10×8 Gallery
Level 5/ 56-60 Foster Street
Surry Hills
www.10x8gallery.com

Raul Cañibano Ercilla: A Retrospective

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Reportage is happy  to announce another of our featured guests for the 2013 Reportage Festival, Cuban master of photography Raul Cañibano Ercilla who will be exhibiting a retrospective of his work, for the first ever time in Australia at Reportage. Raul will be attending the Festival alongside two other esteemed young documentary photographers (TBA) as a special guest and will be holding talks and seminars about his work and life in Cuba.

Born in Havana in 1961, Cañibano originally a welder is a self taught photographer, inspired by surrealist paintings and by the great photographers such as Josef Koudelka and Sebastian Selgado who taught him to see through the lens of a camera. Raul’s work stands as a testimony to his time in an era of Cuba that is little known to the world.

Despite difficulty due to the restrictions placed upon Cuba, Raul has exhibited work in England, the U.S, Spain, Japan, Mexico, Italy, France, Germany, Canada, Malaysia and has had individual exhibitions largely in Cuba and the United States. His work has been published in the New York Times and various other Art and Photography publications.

This month in March Raul opened a retrospective of his work at the Student Art Foundation in Miami and will be exhibiting for the very first time in Australia at the Reportage Festival.

Reportage will be exhibiting Raul’s retrospective work at level 1, of Customs House from May 24 to July 22 as a part of the 2013 Festival also to be included in the Vivid program. Opening night with Raul Cañibano Ercilla  May 29, 2013 (TBA)

These images are from the work  ‘Tierra Guajira’ by Raul Cañibano Ercilla

“Tierra Guajira” is the result of a personal project, which began in 1999. As a child I lived in Manati, Las Tunas province, located in one of the more eastern areas of Cuba. As a photographer the need to relive the experiences of my childhood through my images was born and thus I began this work, “Earth Guajira”.

To do this I toured many corners of the island, living day to day with the inhabitants of the more rural parts of my country. I suffered with them in their difficulties, invisible to their eyes as I gradually became a part of their routine I entered into their world, translating sentences, experiences and the joys of those that live in the country with images.

This project has an anthropological nature since my goal was to document modes of life and social habits that might be lost in Cuba with the passing of the years and the change that is going through the society in its constant development.

At the same time my work is a tribute to the nobility, the familiarity and the good of the Cuban peasant.’ <Raul Cañibano Ercilla>

 

Those wishing to get a preview of how amazing this exhibition will be of Raul’s should head to the opening of the new 10×8 Gallery in Surry Hills April 13, 2013 where a photograph from the retrospective will be on display. 10×8 Gallery will be a venue for various workshops and exhibitions for the Reportage Festival in 2013.

Rinko Kawauchi

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

The serene poetic art of capturing ordinary moments, exemplifying the profundity of the mundane… This is a phrase I would use to depict the basis and soul at work within the photography produced by Rinko Kawauchi, the internationally acclaimed Japanese photographer. Her work a tapestry of diverse modes of perception of the world surrounding her; reminiscent of the world and the different realities surrounding us all.

Kawauchi’s work has been classified into categories of fine art, yet it is true that her work is not so easily categorised.

There is a an extremely strong sense of the documentary at play in her work. The photographs collecting, archiving and documenting specific elements of reality that are then pieced together into strongly narrative yet at the same time elusive stories.

This oneiric documentation is especially evident in Rinko’s work CUI CUI (2005)

CUI CUI a work of more than fifty photographs is the documentation, over 13 years, of Kawauchi’s family and provides an intimate insight into their reality capturing daily events and heavily emotional life moments, birth, death…

The work is presented as a slideshow accompanied by the sounds of nature, leaves rustling, birds singing…

Rinko’s work is heavily associated with family relations, cycles of life and human interaction with nature. Her work reveals life’s fragility and the strongest elements of the human condition.

Rinko believes the act of presenting one’s work is as important as the process and journey of realising and obtaining the images.

“For a photographer, it’s a necessity that you can shoot stuff magically. Accidents are necessary, but after I take a photograph, it is not all done. I continue to work on it.”

Of course this is not a new concept, it is evident in the work of diverse authors of photography; yet although it may be an old concept it is not an entirely accessible path, perhaps not easy to obtain unless one really strives to mark their work from within.

This is what has made Kawauchi’s work stand out from the rest, because something inherently intimate, personal, is stripped back and revealed to us through her photographs, a window into heightened sensibilities, ways of seeing; teaching people to look and revel in the majestic minor details of life.

The following photos are from CUI CUI and other selected works…

“From the black ocean comes the appearance of light and waves. It helps you imagine birth. I want imagination in the photographs I take. It’s like a prologue. You wonder ‘what’s going on?’ you feel something is going to happen…”

Rinko Kawauchi

 

“I would define the poetic effect as the capacity that a text displays for continuing to generate different readings, without every being completely consumed…”

Umberto Eco

 

Anna Maria Antoinette D’Addario

 

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