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FORMAT International Photography Festival 2019

Exhibitions in QUAD

QUAD has announced its exhibitions as part of FORMAT International Photography Festival 2019. There will be three main exhibitions in QUAD, which take place over the month-long festival and beyond.

Mutable, Multiple is an exhibition featuring six artists who use the narrative potential of photography to engage with their subject. Artists Max Pinckers, Edgar Martins, Stefanie Moshammer, Amani Willett, Anne Golaz and Virginie Rebetez present photographs which challenge modes of documentary and storytelling, exploring narrative, history, memory and myth, looking at issues of entrapment and disappearance, fantasy and escape, exile and longing. Curated by Tim Clark and Louise Fedotov-Clements, Mutable, Multiple is in QUAD Gallery One from 15th March to 9th June.

A new commission and UK premiere by Japan-born, Venice-based artist Kensuke Koike, entitled Happy Ending. Kensuke Koike is a cut paper master who works with images and materials such as found photographs to produce intricate collage, installation and sculpture with skill and humour. The artist has a taste for image re/construction, and his work has impressive precision and a considerable international cult following on Instagram. Curated by Louise Fedotov-Clements and Peter Bonnell. Kensuke Koike Happy Ending is in QUAD Gallery Two from 15th March to 9th June.

FORMAT Open Call presents the work of photographers and artists who have been selected via an international Open Call in response to the FORMAT19 festival theme FOREVER//NOW. The photographs include diverse approaches, such as colonialism, identity, censorship, resistance and the reuse of archives. Artists featured are: Maria Sturm, Karl Ohiri, Liza Ambrossio, Steven Barritt, Garrett Grove, Xu Guanyu, IC Visual Lab (Alejandro Acin & Isaac Blease), Seunggu Kim and Gloria Oyarzabal.

FORMAT FOREVER//NOW Open Call is in QUAD Extra Gallery Spaces from 15th March to 9th June.

FORMAT International Photography Festival takes place in Derby from 15th March to 14th April. The biennale festival incorporates QUAD, University of Derby, Derby Museum & Art Gallery, Déda, Derwent Valley World Heritage Sites, Market Place and satellite venues. The festival was established by QUAD in 2004 and is the UK’s leading festival of photography and related media, organised by QUAD and the University of Derby.

FORMAT19: FOREVER//NOW programme includes exhibitions, talks, workshops and events, many taking place over the opening weekend, from 14th to 17th March 2019.

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FORMAT19 Conference presents a range of high-profile international speakers, artists, writers and academics who will explore and discuss themes relating to FOREVER//NOW and how through contemporary and archival photography we seek to represent our ever-changing world, society, lands and histories. FORMAT Conference is organised by QUAD and DMARC, the Digital and Material Artistic Research Centre of the University of Derby. FORMAT19 Conference takes place on Friday 15th March.

FORMAT Photobook Market features over 20 international publishers and collectives curated by Sebastian Arthur Hau and FORMAT. FORMAT Photobook Market takes place in Derby Museum and Art Gallery on The Wardwick from 15th to 17th March.

FORMAT International Portfolio Review is the UK’s biggest annual international photography portfolio review, an opportunity for photographers to have their portfolios reviewed by over fifty international experts, including photo editors, curators, publishers and festival directors from around the world. FORMAT International Portfolio Review takes place in Derby Museum and Art Gallery on The Wardwick on Saturday 16th March, places need to be booked in advance.

Event starts
Friday 15 March, 2019
Event Ends
Sunday 14 April, 2019
Venue Address
Market Place

East Midlands, Derby

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