I am tempted to broaden the thread by including photography festivals, like FotoFreo (FF) in Fremantle Western Australia
In FF the un-curated Fringe Festival often shows more exciting and innovative work than the Core Programme - However, in FF2010 two core shows grabbed my total attention, Eugene Richards "The Blue Room" and Claire Martin's "Slab City" - The latter was above a room full of 35mm style doco work which had too much pain for me to take in one lump, just too much - Both these bodies of work cited were documentary, but aren't all photographs documents by their very existence? - In order to exist as a photograph the event depicted had to exist at the moment of exposure (I am conveniently ignoring photo-manipulation)
The FFF fringe exhibition which energised both Rae and myself was of small quiet delicate prints by Tracy Mortimer and Helena Taelor, after the loudness of the rest of FF/FFF I found the work by these two women gave space within which my mind could explore the work and its sensitivity - We regret not being able to afford some of Tracey's palladium prints - The point I am getting to is that we came to work we adored through the very lack of noise and art-speak bullshit
FF will start this year on the Ides of March, less than one week away - This festival has degenerated to an absolute autocracy by its director - Given the paucity of the "Core Programme" for this year's festival I would encourage its director to consider the warning to Cesar - I digress
I feel a bit bad about not driving north to Fremantle this year, but I have images to make and the long hot summer looks like it is about to change which means going out and making my own images - An instant contradiction is that if I can afford it I may still go, out of guilt for missing a series of shows that I would not otherwise have a chance to see - Living in a community of 30 houses and a pub in the forest gives me few opportunity to see work other than what is shown on line - Real prints rule!
I hope I have not digressed too far
Last edited by John Austin; 03-11-2012 at 08:06 PM. Click to view previous post history.