a space for photography in east London by Philipp Ebeling and Olivia Arthur
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Stranger - Olivia Arthur
Accompanying the launch of Stranger during Photo London, Fishbar will be presenting a special installation of work from the book. A projection of images and quotes have been coordinated with a specially-commissioned audio piece using sounds recorded in Dubai.
“We make pictures based on our dreams, our future and our past.” -- Sudden Flowers
Since 1999, American artist Eric Gottesman’s ongoing collaboration with Sudden Flowers, a collective of children living in Addis Ababa, has produced a body of work of profound depth and poetic lightness. In reimagining the harsh realities the children experienced on the streets and in their homes in the wake of their parents’ deaths – including the trauma of grief, physical abuse and AIDS-related stigma – the young collective and Gottesman probed the possibilities of image making as a tool for self-expression, healing and teaching others. The Polaroid camera and peel-away negatives provided tools for recreating and alleviating the children’s deeply painful injuries. Working together, Sudden Flowers and Gottesman ultimately discovered that photography could be a medium to express their resilience and hunger for life. Over the 15-year span of the work, Sudden Flowers and Gottesman produced exhibitions, short films and installations in Africa, the United States and Europe. Now, in Sudden Flowers, the work of the entire project comes together for the first time in a book.
Accompanied by an exhibition at Fishbar 2nd -12th October 2014
One day the beauty we have will fade. If we shine today and if we fall tomorrow it doesn't have any value. I will end my story about the flower here. - Salamawit
Suddenly there was a fire.
Binyam's letter to his deceased father.
I am not sick. - Tenanesh Kifyalew
Land without Past - Philipp Ebeling
LAND WITHOUT PAST
His first book is a deeply personal photographic essay on growing up in a small village in the north of Germany and a meditation on the relationship contemporary Germany has with its past. Documenting the quiet, precise way in which people conduct their lives, the obsession with making everything new and the almost fearsome stability Ebeling takes us into the life of a hard-working German village. In 'Land without Past' contemporary portraits of family and friends are interwoven with images of everyday life in the village from the war years, bridging a gap in personal history.
On show April 2014
Dalston Anatomy - Lorenzo Vitturi
A month-long event of photography, art installation and poetry.
Photo-sculptures by artist Lorenzo Vitturi, drawn from and presented at Ridley Road Market, as well as the gallery will be accompanied by poetry by Sam Berkson.
The exhibition goes beyond the walls of the Fishbar with a series of large format posters on walls in the market itself as well as the transformation of a stall in the market to a temporary art installation for the duration of the show. All in tandem with the exhibition at Fishbar.
'It became really important for me to take the work back into the community to complete the cycle. I see this whole event as the culmination of my year long process with Ridley Road.'
Working with material collected from the market, Vitturi assembles objects in his studio in a game where sculpture, collage and painting melt together. Raw matter is transformed into a world of surreal visions and sculptures with a precarious equilibrium and lasting sometimes just for few minutes.
On show from 24th May - 16th June 2013
Supported by the Arts Council England
Unknown Quantities - Young Magnum
Young Magnum on America’s Wars, Saudi Arabia and the Arab Spring.
Fishbar Gallery presents Peter Van Agtmael, Olivia Arthur, Dominic Nahr and Moises Saman.
The four most recent photographers to join the Magnum collective present their work from the streets of Tripoli and Cairo during the uprisings, about the lives of young women in Saudi Arabia and on the after effect of America's longest war.
Curated by Philipp Ebeling.
on show from 25th April to 25th May 2012
Father and Son - Richard and Pablo Bartholomew
Father and Son is a double bill of internationally renowned Indian Photographers Richard and Pablo Bartholomew. For the first time on show in the UK together, Pablo opens the archives to allow us a glimpse into the lives, loves and sorrows of their close friends and family.
Richard, a driving force in Indian modern art criticism, was a close friend of some of India’s most revered contemporary artists. In his pictures of friends and loved ones he offers a tender and warm insight into the lives of the newly emerging Indian Boheme of the 1950s.
His son Pablo grew up surrounded by artists and naturally took to the camera to record his own trials and tribulations in the Delhi of the 1970s. His stormy and intimate photographs set in friends’ homes and on crumbling Delhi backstreets are a timelss portrait of adolescence and growing up. Fourty years later they retain their freshness yet are a romantic look back to an India that is fast disappearing.
Today Pablo is a multiple award-winning documentary photographer and the guardian of his late father’s estate. He lives in New Delhi.
One of our favourite things at Fishbar, the annual photomarket is when we fill the walls, tables and basically every available space with photographs and books. Each time we invite different (we have some regulars too) photographers, publishers and book designers to bring along their work to exhibit and sell. Held annually in December.