On the 1st August this year we opened an installation at STILLS gallery in Edinburgh.
Within an environment of burnt walls with images connecting big finance with war the artists kennardphillipps construct images in a performance that uses the sounds of war, big industry; explosions of open caste mining, rapid fire artillery, and the sounds of resistance in everyday street life. They make an intervention in their own artists’ talk cutting from a formal talk about their work in response to the invasion of Iraq and British anti-war protest into a demonstration of action.
“ We tear at the serried ranks of share price listings in newspapers to reveal the victims of traded profit. We tear up the pages of our mediated experience and reveal the struggle going on underneath. This is a work of disrespect to the way things are.”
Press preview: Thursday 7 November 4:30 – 6:00 pm November
Private View: Thursday 7 November 6:30 – 9:00 pm November
Opening Times: Tues-Fri: 11am-7pm, Sat./Sunday 11am-5pm
8 – 30 November
59-63 Whitechapel High Street
KENNARDPHILLIPPS AT NOORDERLICHT PHOTOFESTIVAL
OLD SUGAR FACTORY – GRONINGEN – NETHERLANDS
1ST SEPTEMBER – 31ST OCTOBER
Since the crisis erupted in 2008, the world has become acutely aware of systemic problems in the way money and power have been organised. The so-called 1%, an elite that has garnered unprecedented wealth and political access thanks to the deregulatory efforts of the past twenty years, have turned into a new aristocracy – a class that lives by different rules.
In TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT, Noorderlicht aims to peer deep into the heart of the world of the upper crust. The ongoing economic crisis forms the common thread; a look at the causes of the collapse as opposed to its victims.
From a photographic standpoint, this is very taxing subject matter. Access to the world of the 1% is severely limited – especially in comparison to that of victimised groups, a staple of documentary photography. But more importantly, the essential ingredients of the financial and political spheres are abstract: ideas and ideologies, regulations or a lack thereof, power structures, complex financial products, greed. This intangible quality is one of the reasons as to why things were allowed to get so out of hand. It explains why public resentment against the accumulating wealth of the 1% at the expense of the 99% has only started to grow in recent years. Voices are speaking up against bonus cultures, bank bail-outs and people becoming statistics on balance sheets, though they have been features of developments that have been going on for decades.
The level of abstraction creates a challenge: how do you lay bare the essence of power and money through photography? Noorderlicht calls upon the photographic community to help us find interesting ways to visualize this theme. We are open to traditional documentary photography, but also to the most radical and experimental of approaches.
Opening night Thursday 18th July ALL WELCOME!