Event / 30 Jul 2020

Photography and Language

Michal Iwanowski, Marcelo Brodsky, Alina Kisina

Photography and Language
© Marcelo Brodsky
Photography and Language
© Michal Iwanowski

Join us for this online discussion marking the launch of a new Visual Correspondence between Marcelo Brodsky and Michal Iwanowski.

The two artists discuss their respective practices and how they approached the collaboration during lockdown. Alina Kisina, an artist, educator and linguist by training, will explore issues of visual literacy and creative expression, and how the online dimension of her global project Children of Vision empowers young people to share their unique vision of the world.

This event will be taking place online via Zoom – meeting details and further technical information will be provided in your booking confirmation.

This event is one of a series of conversations with artists and audiences around photography’s role in articulating culture and identity. The event links in with the Imagining the Nation State Open Call as part of our India-Wales collaborations.

There is just over a month left to submit your proposal for our latest opportunity in partnership with Chennai Photo Biennale Foundation, ‘Imagining the Nation State’ – there are four grants available, two for artists in Wales, and two for artists in India. Find out more and apply here.

About Artists

Portrait of Michal Iwanowski

Michal Iwanowski

Michal Iwanowski is a Cardiff based artist. He graduated with an MFA in Documentary Photography at the University of Wales, Newport, and has been teaching photography at Ffotogallery since 2011. His work combines elements of the documentary tradition with a conceptual approach. In his deeply personal projects, Iwanowski often sets his protagonists against nature and explores the relationship between landscape and memory; marking the silent passing of otherwise insignificant individuals and histories. In 2009, he won the Emerging Photographers award by Magenta Foundation, as well as being given a Honourable Mention at Px3 Prix De Photographie, Paris. Iwanowski received Arts Council of Wales grants for his projects Clear of People and Go Home, Polish. Both projects have received international attention and have been exhibited and published internationally. In 2018, TV Arte filmed and broadcast a short documentary feature about the Go Home, Polish project. Iwanowski’s first monograph ‘Clear of People,’ published by Brave Books in 2017, was nominated for the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize 2018.

Portrait of Marcelo Brodsky

Marcelo Brodsky

Marcelo Brodsky (1954) lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina. An artist and political activist, Brodsky’s work is situated on the border between installation, performance, photography, monument and memorial. His emblematic work Buena Memoria (1996), has been shown more than 150 times in public spaces as well as museums and public spaces around the world. It narrates the story of his generation affected by the dictatorships in Argentina, and the holes left in it with the disappearances of friends and classmates.

 Brodsky´s solo shows and books include Nexo, Memory under Construction, and Visual Correspondences, his visual conversations with other artists and photographers, such as Martin Parr, Manel Esclusa or Pablo Ortiz Monasterio. Recent projects include the publication of Once@9:53 with Ilan Stavans, a photonovella that combines reportage and fiction, and Tree Time, a book about the relationship between memory and Nature. His current exhibitions are “1968 the Fire of Ideas” and “Migrants”, an essay on the refugee crisis in Europe connected with his own migrations. His work is part of major collections such as the Museum of Fine Arts Houston , the Tate Collection London, The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes Argentina, Museo de Arte Moderno Buenos Aires, Center for Creative Photography Tucson Arizona, Sprengel Museum Hannover, Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos Santiago de Chile, MALI Lima, etc.

Portrait of Alina Kisina

Alina Kisina

Alina Kisina is a Ukrainian-British artist photographer working and living in the UK. Her work is concerned with finding harmony in chaos through those universal, timeless human qualities that reach beyond location, gender and social background.
Alina has had her work shown around the world. Children of Vision was exhibited at the National Art and Culture Museum Complex in Kiev, Ukraine, as a solo exhibition in 2017 and 2018. Other solo exhibitions include ‘City of Home’ shown at Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow and Light House Media Centre, Wolverhampton, also shown at FORMAT International Photography Festival, Derby and at festivals in Singapore and Syria. Education and public engagement are central to Alina’s practice. She was invited as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design. Currently Alina continues to deliver public talks, portfolio reviews and participatory workshops with schools and with other groups.