Since 2014, photographer and curator Sian Bonnell has taken ‘Beyond the Camera’, an annual show of UK graduate work to Pingyao International Photography Festival (PIP) – China’s oldest and largest photography festival. Last year she showed the work of 86 young photographers and is currently planning the fourth year. She talks to us about her […]Read more "LOOK17: Sian Bonnell / Beyond the Camera"
I have been working with Sheffield’s Chinese community since 2012, at that time I did a project called 游子, The Wanderers, with Chinese international students at The University of Sheffield. It was more of a multimedia project – I created a series of photos and made five short films and we had an exhibition which […]Read more "LOOK17: Gemma Thorpe"
In the Eye of the Beholder There are many similarities between the working processes of photographer and painters. As I continue to work with artists in both mediums, I’m becoming increasingly aware of the intersections between composition, scale and subject matter in both disciplines. It’s a huge subject that numerous books have been written about […]Read more "LOOK17: Michael James O’Brien"
Musician and photographer Benjamin McDonnell works at the edges of these two mediums. For LOOK17 he has developed an interactive sound installation that responds in time as you walk, creating a sonic exchange with corresponding routes in Liverpool and Hong Kong. Here, he talks to us about how he developed the piece, and the idea […]Read more "LOOK17: Benjamin McDonnell / Open Cities"
Derek Man, a 29-year-old UK citizen, re-visited Hong Kong to look at the housing market, commissioned by Open Eye Gallery for LOOK17. We caught up with Derek on the opening of the festival to talk about the rapid growth of global cities and the accommodation crisis in China. The idea for the exhibition was […]Read more "LOOK17: Derek Man"
With just a few days left until the festival opens, here’s a reminder of the events and opportunities around China and Urbanism to get involved in this coming weekend. FESTIVAL LAUNCH NIGHT Thursday 6 April The launch commences with an afternoon of talks by international artists chaired by Ying Kwok; festival curator for LOOK/17, followed by […]Read more "LOOK/17: Launch Weekend Events"
Wobik Wong is one of the Hong Kong based artists who has been commissioned by Open Eye Gallery to create new work for LOOK/17. Her practice spans several decades and her work is held in collections in both Hong Kong at the UK. I met Wobik part way through her research visit to Liverpool back […]Read more "LOOK/17: WONG Wo Bik"