In Conversation: Simon Roberts, Susannah Brown, David Chandler and Alex Vasudevan
6 March, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Simon Roberts, Annual Eton College Procession of Boats, River Thames, Windsor, Berkshire, 2016
To coincide with the exhibition and publication Merrie Albion - Landscape Studies of a Small Island, Flowers Gallery will host a panel discussion chaired by Curator of Photographs at V&A, Susannah Brown. Joining her is exhibiting artist, Simon Roberts and contributing writers David Chandler, Professor of Photography at Plymouth University and Alex Vasudevan, Associate Professor in Human Geography at The University of Oxford.
For over a decade, Simon Roberts has photographed events and places across Britain that have drawn people together in public, reflecting on the nature of our shared histories and communal experiences.
Merrie Albion - Landscape Studies of a Small Island brings together iconic images and many previously unpublished photographs, recording social practices and customs linked to the British landscape, as well as some of the economic and political theatre that has helped define recent history.
Simon Roberts (b.1974) is a British photographer based in Brighton, UK. He originally studied a BA Hons Degree in Human Geography at the University of Sheffield (1996), a subject which has informed much of his subsequent photographic practice. Often employing expansive landscape photographs, his approach is one of creating wide-ranging surveys of our time, which communicate on important social, economic and political issues.
Roberts has been exhibited widely with We English touring to over thirty national and international venues. He's had solo shows at the National Media Museum, Bradford, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, and been included in numerous group exhibitions. Recent shows include Observers: British Photography and the British Scene (From the 1920s to Now) at Galeria de Arte SESI, Brazil, and Camera Work at Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Rome. His photographs reside in major public and private collections, including the George Eastman House, Deutsche B̦orse Art Collection and Wilson Centre for Photography.
Susanna Brown has been Curator of Photographs at the V&A since 2008. She works as part of a team caring for the UK’s national collection of the art of photography, making the collection of 800,000 works accessible on a physical and intellectual level, making new acquisitions, lecturing, curating exhibitions, and writing on photography. Her recent V&A exhibitions include Horst: Photographer of Style, Selling Dreams: One Hundred Years of Fashion Photography and Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton. She formerly worked at the National Portrait Gallery and studied at Bristol University and the Courtauld Institute of Art.
David Chandler is a Professor of Photography at Plymouth University. His interest in photography began within the context of art history and has been developed since 1982 through various curatorial roles in museums and galleries, including the National Portrait Gallery, London (1982-88) and The Photographers' Gallery, London (1988-95). Chandler currently works principally as a writer, editor and curator, in the fields of contemporary photography, photographic history and the visual arts.
Dr. Alexander Vasudevan is an Associate Professor of Human Geography at Oxford University and a Tutorial Fellow at Christ Church. He is the author of the Autonomous City: A History of Urban Squatting and Metropolitan Preoccupations. His work has been published in several prestigious journals and he has also written widely on landscape and contemporary art photography.
Please join us on Tuesday 6th March from 6-8pm at Flowers Gallery, 82 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DP.
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