A Road Less Travelled
an evening with George Georgiou & Vanessa Winship
Saturday 9th June from 8pm @Space Studios - FREE entry for Portfolio Reviews ticket holders
Internationally acclaimed photographers Vanessa Winship and George Georgiou will offer a duet presentation of their work developed in the USA in recent years. The stellar double act will enlighten us with engaging content and striking photographic work. Both George and Vanessa will talk about their creative process and how they learned to successfully negotiate with each others priorities and goals. At the end of the presentation a Q&A session with the public will follow.
In The Company Of Strangers: Americans parade by George Georgiou
Over the course of five trips to the US, George Georgiou photographed 26 parades while covering 13,000 miles across the country. Here are his thoughts about their significance:
"Three or four years ago, I was traveling around the United States, assisting my wife, Vanessa Winship, who was working on her book about contemporary America, "she dances on Jackson". That gave me a chance to slowly get to know the country and to witness America’s various segregations.
I finally returned at the beginning 2016 against the background of the presidential election and the constant media conversation on demographics. I decided to explore this question of dempgraphics through that most American of activities, the parade, more specifically, the community that views the parade. Through details, gestures and interactions, the work explores the individual, family, community and the social and political fractures that have left Americans walled off from one another along lines of race, class, economics and geography, an American that stands divided and is slowly being replicated in Europe.
She Dances On Jackson by Vanessa Winship
There is something exquisitely beautiful and yet profoundly disturbing about the United States of America, and the struggle in search of the American dream.
I had felt the power and reach of this vast nation, and was drawn to discover it for myself. So my journey was twofold: one of my own search of that dream and also of the people I met along the way.
The United States of America is like a famous personality we feel we know, and as a result we treat it with a certain familiarity. I arrived carrying with me a spectrum of second-hand information and my own instinctive barometer of where and who. Then I searched for a way to begin to understand and articulate something about a place that I realized I was completely unfamiliar with.
I have come to understand the fundamental human desire for moments of communication and connection between people, and so my journey was reliant on the acceptance of strangers. Like the small, barely audible ripple on the pond, this work is my note of that time.