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. 

Monica Alcazar-Duarte

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/

Louis Quail

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/

 Louis Quail is a documentary photographer. He has worked extensively for some of the UK’s best known magazines and has been published and worked internationally over a period of many years. Louis increasingly devotes his time to personal, long-term projects. His most recent work ‘Big Brother’ was selected for the Metro Imaging portfolio review prize at Format17; was series winner of the Renaissance Photography Prize 2017 and is a book (Dewi Lewis Publishing, April 2018).  His, Arts Council funded, Solo show, ‘Before They Were Fallen’ toured the UK, and reflects an interest in aftermath that has taken him, previously to Libya, Afghanistan, Haiti and Kosovo. Both projects feature short films directed by Louis. He has twice been a finalist at the National Portrait Gallery portraiture award; is held in their permanent collection; he lectures and runs workshops.

Louis Quail is a documentary photographer. He has worked extensively for some of the UK’s best known magazines and has been published and worked internationally over a period of many years. Louis increasingly devotes his time to personal, long-term projects. His most recent work ‘Big Brother’ was selected for the Metro Imaging portfolio review prize at Format17; was series winner of the Renaissance Photography Prize 2017 and is a book (Dewi Lewis Publishing, April 2018).  His, Arts Council funded, Solo show, ‘Before They Were Fallen’ toured the UK, and reflects an interest in aftermath that has taken him, previously to Libya, Afghanistan, Haiti and Kosovo. Both projects feature short films directed by Louis. He has twice been a finalist at the National Portrait Gallery portraiture award; is held in their permanent collection; he lectures and runs workshops.

Louis Quail

 Originally from Mexico, Monica lives and works in the U.K. She studied Filmmaking, Performance Design and Documentary Photography.   Her photobook  Your Photos could be used by drug dealers  was acquired in 2014 for artist book collections at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Yale University Gallery and the Joan Flasch Collection at the Arts Institute of Chicago. In 2017 she obtained the Magnum Graduate Photographer Award and The Photographers’ Gallery Bar-Tur Photobook Award. Monica’s last work  Possible Landscapes  is a peace-building participatory project for young people in post-conflict countries.  Link to TEDx Talk on Possible Landscapes:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yW3emga9TI

Originally from Mexico, Monica lives and works in the U.K. She studied Filmmaking, Performance Design and Documentary Photography. 

Her photobook Your Photos could be used by drug dealers was acquired in 2014 for artist book collections at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Yale University Gallery and the Joan Flasch Collection at the Arts Institute of Chicago. In 2017 she obtained the Magnum Graduate Photographer Award and The Photographers’ Gallery Bar-Tur Photobook Award. Monica’s last work Possible Landscapes is a peace-building participatory project for young people in post-conflict countries.

Link to TEDx Talk on Possible Landscapes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yW3emga9TI

Monica Alcazar-Duarte