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Photoworks Annual #30, The Thing

Photoworks Annual #30, The Thing

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Inspired by Aimé Céaire’s formulation “colonisation = chosification”,
Photoworks Annual #30 is themed
 The Thing. Gathering 27 projects, this
publication considers how the camera objectifies, and how image-makers

have broached this.
is an intersectional project that includes works on
the environment, colonialism, feminism, class, and gay and disability rights,

suggesting a common interest against a commodifying gaze and a technology

both shaped by and perpetuating it. As Ariella Aïsha Azoulay has put it,

“photography was not co-opted by imperialism but rather grew out of it”.

The Thing includes 176 pages, and images from the following artists: Eleonora
Agostini, Remy Artiges, Vincen Beeckman and La Deviniere, Lucas Blalock, Leah
Clements, Juan Covelli, Giana De Dier, Dries and Bieke Depoorter, Odette

England, Jermaine Francis, Frederike Helwig, Lauren Huret, Sky Hopinka,

Mahmoud Khaled, Xiang Li, Javier Hirschfeld Moreno, David O’Mara, Liz Orton,

Lam Pok Yin and Chong Ng, Wakilur Rahman, Felipe Romero Beltrán, RoN, Julie

Scheurweghs, Matilde Søes Rasmussen, Sheida Soleimani, Tabitha Soren, and

Sofia Yala.

Each artists’ project is individually introduced, and
also features
newly commissioned essays by four writers and academics which center

around time, black women artists, and depictions of people by NGOs and aid

agencies: Marta Labad, Pelumi Odubanjo, and Jess Crombie & Siobhan

Warrington. The introductory essay is by Diane Smyth, Editor of Photoworks

and this Annual, and
also includes a round-table transcript of
Photoworks Curators Julia Bunneman and Danit Ariel with Matilde Søes

Rasmussen, Felipe Romero Beltrán, and Mahmoud Khaled discussing power

and image appropriation.

Designed by A Practice for Everyday Life, The Thing
’s cover features a bespoke
lettering which nods to B-movies and horror stories, in which the

disempowered sometimes fight back. The Thing also features reflective silver

cover papers evoking the Situationist Internationale’s journals and mass-

produced mirrors, the latter a technology of display that emerged alongside

photography, shop windows, and museum vitrines, at the start of industrial

is printed on recycled and part-recycled sustainable
papers, and is fully recyclable.

Copies can be preordered now, they will arrive for the launch event on  Thu 12 Oct.


Title: Photoworks Annyal #30, The Thing
Publisher: Photoworks
Editor: Diane Smyth
Authors: Various
Photographers: Various
Graphic Design: A Practice  for Everyday Life


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