2014Frames is an exciting event running for its inaugural season in Glasgow, Scotland this year. Instigated by a group of dedicated practitioners, it will present “a diverse selection of critical documentary, fine art, and experimental international photography” in a series of public projections to take place concurrently to the 2014 Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art. Dates and locations of the projections are at the end of this post.
I am delighted to be contributing as both a photographer and a curator. I have selected five fellow visual artists to show under a theme of Picturing Childhood & Youth: Real, Imagined, Remembered.
For 2014 Frames I wanted to bring together visual artists from different countries who all looked at childhood and youth in one way or another. That is, practitioners whose work didn’t reinforce my own portrait work in style or narrative approach, but which complemented it thematically and offer a varied view on photographic representation of the child, childhood and youth.
My own photography is based within the real and experienced: that is, environmental portraiture of the person I am photographing, with my predominant interest in people and their stories.
My work has circularity, concentrating on similar themes with various subject matter with a focus on the narrative of a person’s life. Personal work presented for 2014Frames spans 20 years and is a collection of portraits including from a series on a fatherless family, from children living in rural “idylls”, on children and transformation, in gender roles and identity.
See more: margaretmitchell.co.uk
Photographers in this 2014Frames selection are: Anna Bokström, Judy Gelles, Anne Kathrin Greiner, Margaret Mitchell, Susanne Ramsenthaler & Vera Saltzman. See below for work.
Judy Gelles interviewed and photographed 160 fourth grade students from a wide range of economic and cultural backgrounds in China, India, Korea and multiple areas of the United States. She asked the same three questions: “Who do you live with? What do you wish for? What do you worry about?”
A notable commonality across all schools was that every group of fourth-graders had very little contact with, or knowledge of, people from cultural or socioeconomic backgrounds different than their own. The Fourth Grade Project connects children locally and globally, building bridges and tearing down walls.
See more: www.judygelles.com
Anne Kathrin Greiner
Anne Kathrin Greiner offers us two projects on childhood and the state of being a child and youth.
In Theatres of Playshe has photographed playgrounds in various countries after dark, changing the atmosphere and potential role of these (fixed) places of play. Greiner highlights the culture of fear that has grown around the safety of children. In these photographs, she stages the camera as a menacing eye, stalking a dark and abandoned playground.
In Disciplined Spaces, Greiner revisited the three schools she attended during her formative years, between the ages of seven and nineteen. Whilst approaching the architecture as autobiography, she also analyses and explores the psychology of these buildings.
See more : www.akgreiner.com
Susanne Ramsenthaler offers us work which plays on a questioning the veracity of childhood memories versus those received through repeated narration and photographs. In Days Out Ramsenthaler presents a series of pinhole images of childhood haunts in faded colours, ultimately posing the questions to the viewer: what do we know, what do we imagine and what have we chosen to remember?
See more: www.susanneramsenthaler.com
Vera Saltzman presents a series of photographs which are tinged with a sense of ‘memento mori’.
Salztman confronts the viewer in a series of gentle images asking us about ageing and memory, exploring the longing for youth and a recognition of mortality.
Women over 40 are posed with their childhood dolls with each doll serving as an entry point into the history of their life. Salztman considers the rediscovery of these doll-mementos, which lead these women to recall a past of comfort and security. Those days are gone forever, yet eternally present as evidenced by the doll – and assurance of a past.
See more: www.verasaltzman.com
Anna Bokström has photographed one person – Elin – over a 15 year period as she transforms from one state to another: from child, to youth, to adult. Initially, we witness the child who turns away, lost in her own world. Then the transformations of adolescence and finally the young woman who confronts the camera after the journey made.
6th and 7th April, 7-10pm
Saramago Café, 350 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G3 2JD
Merchant City Square
10th and 11th April, 7-10pm
71 Albion St, Glasgow G1 1NY
It is also being shown as window projections at StreetLevel Photoworks on the 18th and 19th April.
This curated selection will appear on:
7th April at the CCA
11th April at Merchant City Square
19th April at StreetLevel Photoworks