Pic.London

26 October – 5 November 2017

pic.london announces a new photography festival in London. pic.london brings emerging and established artists together with the public to engage in thinking and talking about photography.

• pic.london opens with an exhibition featuring John Hilliard, Barbara Probst, Darren Harvey-Regan and Thomas Ruff.

• Screenings of the first ten films the Lumière Brothers showed to the public in 1895, at Close-Up Cinema.

• Aggie Toppins philosophically inspired cocktails are served at the Critical Cocktail Party.

• A collection of artefacts, objects and teaching aides gathered from the office of an unknown Professor of Photography spanning the last 30 years are the basis for the immersive exhibition, The Professor’s Office.

• Affordable, accessible artworks, books and zines are on sale at the Art Flea Market.

Barbara Probst, Exposure #49: N.Y.C., 555 8th Avenue, 05.21.07, 4:02 p.m., 2007 Courtesy Anthony Wilkinson Gallery, London

Barbara Probst, Exposure #49: N.Y.C., 555 8th Avenue, 05.21.07, 4:02 p.m., 2007

Courtesy Anthony Wilkinson Gallery, London

pic.london brings together artists from across the world, at different stages of their careers to present a large scale exhibition in Ambika P3 and Gallery S O, an art flea market, an immersive installation, a series of public panels, discussions and critiques, exploring questions like “what does it mean to work in the arts and photography?”, examining every aspect of photography as an art form.

The brainchild of artist and educator Rakesh Mohindra and artist and writer Yuxin Jiang, who met at The University of Westminster, pic.london has been devised to celebrate the photographic arts and introduce new ideas about photography to a public audience who enjoy photography daily through their phones and social media, and asks them to think about it differently.

John Hilliard, Off Screen (5), 1999 Courtesy the artist, and Richard Saltoun Gallery

John Hilliard, Off Screen (5), 1999

Courtesy the artist, and Richard Saltoun Gallery

The weeklong exhibition will showcase work from established artists like Thomas Ruff and Barbara Probst while also providing a platform for artists at earlier stages of their career like Miki Soejima and Jorge Luis Dieguez.

Across the city, Gallery SO will be the east London hub of pic.london, home to The Professor’s Office, a mini library where visitors can explore books, papers, objects and curiosities, taken from the office of a mysterious Professor which tell the story of a life teaching photographic arts.

Davide Maione, ...and his neck from To a Place I can’t Pronounce, 2011 Courtesy the artist

Davide Maione, ...and his neck from To a Place I can’t Pronounce, 2011

Courtesy the artist

Close-Up Cinema, pic.london’s film programme partner, will be screening a series of historic and recent avant-garde films including Letter to Jane by Jean-Luc Godard and La Jetée by Chirs Marker as part of a film programme that explores the long standing and complex relationship between photography and film.

pic.london opens and closes with a critical cocktail party. Using Graphic Designer Aggie Toppins' books of Critical Theory Cocktails which match traditional cocktails with philosophical thinkers and authors and devises new cocktails to represent their ideas, pic.london will be serving guests critical cocktails to encourage critical and conceptual thinking of photographic arts.

Miki Soejima, The Passenger’s Present, 2016 Courtesy the artist

Miki Soejima, The Passenger’s Present, 2016

Courtesy the artist

Throughout the festival there will be a series of events including a panel discussion on careers in the photographic arts, and a talk on the relationship between theory and practice as well as group critiques where artists put their work forward for peer review.

The festival closes with The Art Flea Market, bringing together artists, publishers, makers and designers in Ambika P3 to present an art fair offering people the opportunity to buy affordable works of art, books and zines.


pic.london events:

Sat Oct 28, 10:00 - 18:00
Symposium: Does Photography Need Theory? A Discussion
Speakers: Daniel C. Blight, Christopher Kul-Want, Nina Mangalanayagam, Sarah Pickering, Lucy Soutter, Duncan Wooldridge.
Lunch included

Sun Oct 29, 13:00 - 15:00
Group Critiques
Get feedback from Anthony Luvera, Bindi Vora, Katja Mayer, David Blackmore plus peer review.

Sun Oct 29, 15:30 - 17:00
FREE Printing and Framing Workshop
Presented by mounting and framing expert Will Mawby from A.Bliss and printing specialist Graeme Bulcraig from Touch Digital.

Mon Oct 30, 19:00 - 21:00
Panel Discussion: What Does it Mean to Work in Art Photography?
Chaired by David Campany (writer, curator, artist), joined by Nick Kaplony (Artquest), Lewis Chaplin (artist and book designer) and Katy Barron (Senior Director of Michael Hoppen Gallery).
With post-talk drinks

Thurs Nov 2, 19:00 - 21:00
Artists Talks
Featuring John Hilliard and Darren Harvey-Regan
With post-talk drinks

Fri Nov 3, 19:00 - 21:00
Artists Talks
Featuring Eva Stenram, Inès Lion and Miki Soejima
With post-talk drinks