(re:)Thinking the Street – Urban Encounters Conference and Urban Photo Fest 2015

Diego Ferrari Suspension of Consciousness 2012
Diego Ferrari Suspension of Consciousness 2012

The 2015 International Urban Photo Fest (UPF) opens on 23rd October and promises an exciting schedule of events for this year’s festival.  Urban Photo Fest is run by artists, theorists and researchers and includes a conference, a master-class, workshops, exhibitions and walks exploring street-based urban photographic practices. As part of a wider programme of events around London exploring critical ideas addressing how ‘the street’ might be experienced, imagined, represented, performed and archived. The Festival will take place over 6 days in a various venues across London.

This year’s highlights include the annual Urban Encounters conference ‘(re:)Thinking the Street’ at Tate Britain which opens on Friday 23 October, 18.30–20.00 with a keynote address by London based artist Rut Blees Luxemburg, whose large-scale photographic works explore the public spaces of the city.

The internationally acclaimed sociologist Saskia Sassen will deliver the keynote on Saturday 24 October Further speakers include Mitra Tabrizian, Julia Schulz-Dornburg, Vanley Burke and Charlie Phillips.

In addition, exhibitions during UPF include Streetopolis at the 71a Gallery. Current and recently graduated students on the acclaimed Photography and Urban Cultures MA run by Goldsmiths College, University of London are mounting two exhibitions this year: Framing Urban Narratives 19 October-1 November at the Greenwich Gallery and Drift 22-27 October 2015 at Truman Breweries, Shop 7.

Paul Halliday, Creative Director of Urban Photo Fest commented ‘This year’s theme developed out of a number of conversations with photographers working within street environments, and from this we decided to push the boundaries beyond traditional notions of what counts as ‘street photography’. So, we are re-thinking what it means to work in such places, be they landscape, architecture, people, performance or object based. We have curated a number of events that explore how artists, photographers and urbanists might rethink how they approach the street.’

For information and tickets for Urban Encounters Festival at Tate Britain on 23-24th October go to : http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/conference/conference-rethinking-street

For further information on the festival programme, please visit the website at www.urbanphotofest.org. Please direct any enquiries to June Cadogan: june@junecadogan.com or at marketing@urbanphotofest.org



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