Homegrown – The Talks: Documentation by Manuel Vason
13th July at 16:00 – 18:00
Vivid Projects – 158 Fazeley Street, Unit 16, Birmingham, B5 5RT
Tickets are available here
Homegrown is a testing ground for new ideas, a four month long artist development programme for West Midland artists working with experimental performance.
There will be 4 talks by experts in the field of Producing Live Art, Making Art, Documenting Live Art & Funding. This is the second:
Documentation by Manuel Vason
“I see the photograph as a space of reflection that needs to be analysed, interpreted and criticised. I’m particularly interested on the frictions between performance and its documentation and all the hybrid forms (a photographic performance, a performed photograph, a performance for camera, etc) that this gap produces. While I’m performing I’m inside the artwork and photography allows me to see my actions from an external point of view. Sometimes I think that through the action of photographing I’m trying to shorten the distance that photography is creating. While picturing diversity, my images and my actions encourage identification with poetic behaviour.” Manuel Vason
Vason was born in Padua, Italy in 1974. He became interested in photography while working in a black and white professional darkroom. After having assisted some of the most celebrated fashion photographers of his generation in Milan, New York, Paris, London and Los Angeles, he pursued a Masters degree in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London. Double Exposures is Vason’s fourth book. It follows: Oh Lover Boy! (2001), a two-year collaboration with artist Franko B; Exposures (2002), exploring the body in Live Art; and Encounters (2007), which complemented his first solo exhibition at Arnolfini, Bristol. In 2012 he presented STILL_MÓVIL, a travelling exhibition of ‘co-creations’ with 45 choreographers from South America. In 2014 he launched the Double Exposures book project at The Photographers Gallery and Tate Britain in London. In 2015, Vason received a grant from Arts Council England for his latest project of PhotoPerformer. Vason continues to develop a practice that integrates different media and forms of collaboration.
This project has been made possible with the support of Jerwood Charitable Foundation (JCF) and Arts Council England.