Beer O'clock Talk
with Louis Quail and Monica Alcazar-Duarte
Saturday 9th June from 6:30pm @Space Studios - FREE entry for Portfolio Reviews ticket holders
They are both amazing photographers and wonderful souls! Monica with 'The New Colonists' and Louis with 'Big Brother' will entertain us by chatting on their most recent work and respective practice.
Our Beer O'clock Talks are designed to offer a platform for photographers to present and share their most recent productions with our audience. The short talk is followed by a Q&A session with the public.
The New Colonists, a project in three parts, begins by presenting the uncanny suburban town of Mars in Pennsylvania, USA. Interrupting the quietness of small town America there are images chronicling the research and individual scientists who are attempting to make colonising the red planet a reality. The third component of the project consists of an “Augmented Reality Portal”. Using the app readers are invited to search for and discover embedded footage and sound within the book’s pages. Through this ‘portal’ viewers encounter a new knowledge. The videos feature 3-D animations of spy satellites and space colonies by Levan Tozashvili as well as narration from Dr Ian Crawford, Professor of Planetary Science and Astrobiology at Birkbeck. Within this interview Crawford presents his ideas on Space colonisation. And the notions of “space law” and “space ethics”.
The New Colonists, an installation and a photobook, delves into the beginning of an era of technological prodigy. It encourages us to look to the far future with eyes wide open, as there is an imperative need to resolve current legal loopholes regarding space exploration for it to proceed in a peaceful and balanced way.
The book was published thanks to The Photographers’ Gallery Bar-Tur Photobook Award. Published by Bemojake. Designed by Ramon Pez. Produced by Karen McQuaid. With an essay by Dr, Marek Kukula and an interview with Dr. Ian Crawford.
The installation was designed by Monica Alcazar-Duarte and produced in collaboration with Michael C. Breakey.
Please visit Monica's website here http://www.monicaalcazarduarte.com/
One in four of us will suffer from a mental illness in our lifetime (or a related condition in any one year). Those suffering have to face a wall of stigma and stereotyping which very often makes their condition worse. Big Brother’ is an intimate photographic portrayal of Justin, Louis Quail’s big brother, and his daily struggle with schizophrenia. Justin has been sectioned three times in his life and there is no getting away from the fact that his condition is severe. Yet hopefully, as we get to know him better, we see there is more to Justin than his illness. He has interests, hobbies ( bird-watching especially, painting and poetry) and yes, loves. Justin has been with his girlfriend, Jackie for over 20 years. Quail’s varied use of documentation: photography, medical and police notes, art and poetry, narration and testimony show a life in light and shade and reveal the person beyond the illness; challenging stigma head on. The work reveals also, a system in crisis; under resourced, creaking under the weight of its own bureaucracy and discovers important truths on the nature of resilience. At its heart however, it is a love story and a project that values those suffering with their mental health.
Please visit Louis website here http://louisquail.com/