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.

 George Georgiou was born in London in 1961.  He received a BA honours in photography, film and video arts from the Polytechnic of Central London (University of Westminster) in 1987.  In 1999 he joined Panos Pictures in London and began to work exclusively on his own long term projects.  He has photographed extensively in the Balkans, Eastern Europe and Turkey, living and working in Serbia, Greece and Istanbul, Turkey from 1999 to 2009.  Work from this period has been published in most of the world’s major magazines and exhibited in many countries. Awards include The British Journal of Photography project prize 2010, two World Press Photo prizes in 2003 and 2005, Pictures of the Year International first prize for Istanbul Bombs in 2004.   In 2010, his book " Fault Line/Turkey/East/West" was released and exhibited international.  This work was included in the prestigious “New Photography 2011" exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York  His book “Last Stop” photographed across London was self-published in 2015  Georgiou’s work is collected by several institutions and private collectors, including the Museum of Modern Art, NY and the Elton John collection. 

George Georgiou was born in London in 1961. 
He received a BA honours in photography, film and video arts from the Polytechnic of Central London (University of Westminster) in 1987. 
In 1999 he joined Panos Pictures in London and began to work exclusively on his own long term projects. 
He has photographed extensively in the Balkans, Eastern Europe and Turkey, living and working in Serbia, Greece and Istanbul, Turkey from 1999 to 2009. 
Work from this period has been published in most of the world’s major magazines and exhibited in many countries. Awards include The British Journal of Photography project prize 2010, two World Press Photo prizes in 2003 and 2005, Pictures of the Year International first prize for Istanbul Bombs in 2004. 

In 2010, his book " Fault Line/Turkey/East/West" was released and exhibited international. 
This work was included in the prestigious “New Photography 2011" exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York
His book “Last Stop” photographed across London was self-published in 2015
Georgiou’s work is collected by several institutions and private collectors, including the Museum of Modern Art, NY and the Elton John collection. 

 Vanessa WInship biography  Born in the UK   She studied cinema, photography and video at the Polytechnic of central London.  Lived and worked for several years in Turkey and the surrounding region, as well as working extensively in Britain, and the United States of America.  She has taught at numerous workshops, and has been invited on several artist residencies.  She is one of the most renowned photographers of the contemporary international scene. In 2011 she was the first woman to win the prestigious Henri Cartier Bresson foundation award.  Her other distinctions include the Sony Photographer of the year award, the National Portrait Gallery Godfrey Argent award.  Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.  In 2014 she had her first major retrospective at Foundacion Mapfre in Madrid, Spain. In the summer of 2018 she will have her first major survey show in London at the Barbican Art Gallery.  She is the author of four photographic monographs.  June will see a second edition of  she dances on Jackson , and the catalogue to accompany the Barbican exhibition, both published by MACK.  For Vanessa photography is a process of literacy, a journey of understanding.  Her work explores the fragile nature of our landscape and society, how memory leaves its mark on our collective and individual psyches. 

Vanessa WInship biography

Born in the UK 

She studied cinema, photography and video at the Polytechnic of central London.

Lived and worked for several years in Turkey and the surrounding region, as well as working extensively in Britain, and the United States of America.

She has taught at numerous workshops, and has been invited on several artist residencies.

She is one of the most renowned photographers of the contemporary international scene. In 2011 she was the first woman to win the prestigious Henri Cartier Bresson foundation award.

Her other distinctions include the Sony Photographer of the year award, the National Portrait Gallery Godfrey Argent award.

Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.

In 2014 she had her first major retrospective at Foundacion Mapfre in Madrid, Spain. In the summer of 2018 she will have her first major survey show in London at the Barbican Art Gallery.

She is the author of four photographic monographs.

June will see a second edition of she dances on Jackson, and the catalogue to accompany the Barbican exhibition, both published by MACK.

For Vanessa photography is a process of literacy, a journey of understanding.

Her work explores the fragile nature of our landscape and society, how memory leaves its mark on our collective and individual psyches.