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FOUNDATIONS [ /faʊnˈdeɪʃəns/ ]

25.05.18 - 02.06.18

foundation (n.)

•   A basis or groundwork on which something is raised, or by which it is supported or confirmed.
•   An underlying ground or principle.
•   The basis on which a story, fiction, or the like is founded.
•   A ground or reason upon which men act.
•   The action of establishing, instituting, or constituting on a permanent basis.
•   The ‘seat’ of the body; the ‘fundament’.
•   The state or fact of being founded.
•   (v.) to ground

The newly established MA Photography programme at University of the West of England (UWE, Bristol) – which commenced in September 2017 – explores photography from an expansive range of contemporary, critical, experimental and intellectual perspectives; its aim is to develop and support new generations of leading, ambitious, innovative and informed photographic practitioners for many years to come.  Taking its inspiration from the recent founding of the Martin Parr Foundation, this exhibition – FOUNDATIONS – engages with the general notion of ‘foundation’ itself, and considers what it might mean to this promising new group of emerging photographers and artists.  Collectively, it represents how the members of this burgeoning community are each exploring and establishing the ‘basis’ or ‘groundwork’ of their individual photographic practices, as well as defining and building strong new ‘foundations’ of their own.

Featuring:
Matthew Broadhead
Lisa Brook
Melanie Chitty
Macarena Costan Valverde
Vinh Dao
Richard Draper
Jekaterina Ehlera
Stephen Evans
Samuel Fordham
Marton Gosztonyi
Emily Graham
Benjamin Haywood
Chris Hoare
Alvaro Martinez Garcia
Jamie Murray
Ng Hui Hsien
Manon Ouimet
Sophie Sherwood
Amelia Stewart
Suzie Worthington

Opening party: Friday 25th May 2018, 6pm to 9pm
Please sign up to our mailing list to receive more details or register interest in attending by emailing [email protected]

Photo –  ‘Untitled (#2)’, from the series ‘CR92BY’, 2018 © Samuel Fordham

Magnum Swaps
David Hurn’s Collection

13.06.18 — 15.09.18

With a career spanning over six decades, Magnum photographer David Hurn is a
connoisseur and patron of documentary photography. He has come up with a
deliciously simple concept: building a collection of photographs by exchanging his own
images for those of other photographers, in particular his Magnum colleagues.

One of the first emails any new Magnum nominee will receive is from Hurn, inviting
them to swap a print. Everyone always willingly agrees; they select their favourite Hurn
image and vice versa.

Over the years, Hurn has amassed more than 600 prints, dating from the 19th century
to the present day. Last year, the entire collection was gifted to the National Museum of
Wales, where in September 2017 their inaugural exhibition marked the opening of the
museum’s first permanent gallery dedicated to photography.

Martin Parr curated an exhibition of swaps with his Magnum colleagues and this was
originally shown in 2017 at Photo London. The Martin Parr Foundation will exhibit
highlights from this show, including works by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alec Soth, Elliott
Erwitt and Newsha Tavakolian.

Admission free.

Photo – Andy Warhol in his “Factory” at Union Square, New York City, USA, 1981. © Thomas Hoepker / Magnum Photos