MY CITY OF CULTURE – MY HULL – WEEK 37

NOTE: THIS BLOG POST CONTAINS ADULT CONTENT AND MAYBE BAD LANGUAGE

I have had so much fresh air today so 4:40 PM I am nodding off, but today I have a mission to blog my culture wonders.

First as planned

Alien Sex Capsule at Artlink Hull

The exhibition by John Walter transformed Artlink into a colour loaded space with a content that has got everything up its sleeve to shock people.
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Everything there is bursting with colour and clever illustrations looking at relationships between visual culture and HIV today. Every piece of art weather its illustration on massive cards, video, light installation or a song addresses the complex subject of contemporary sexual health.

I really loved it. Artlink always is chilled out space where I can actually enjoy art in my own privacy. There was one thing – the CRYSTAL DICK SONG that maybe have scared me for life – for the rest of the day I had it in my head. And off course the visuals accompanied with the song is something “out of this world” people. You have to see/hear it for yourself. The exhibition is on until 29th September.

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I think this exhibition definitely raises awareness of sexual health and HIV, but I don’t think it has the power to change the world.

Artlink hosted these little cute “things” of art, but in the rush I didn’t pay attention of who is the author [you can educate me if you know in the comment below].

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ON SATURDAY I WENT DOWN TO HULL TRINITY SQUARE FOR THIS – TAKE FLIGHT.

Little while ago a little fairy – one of the choreographers,  was praising told me about this event, whilst it was still in making, so I have been waiting to see this since.
There are two good reasons of why I liked it  – the performance was smooth and the young talent was shining together with the sun spells. The second reason – this event was beautifully “decorated” with over dozen volunteers. It is always pleasant to see them around every single volunteer is like a piece of an important Hull 2017 puzzle. They are brightening up any dull day.

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The performance was all about the unique partnership between The Royal Ballet, Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and Hull dance schools.

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What will this week bring? Next weekend looks super busy:
HULL WALK OF ART: THE AVENUES

+ there are other things to see during the week:

INSIGHT – A COLLECTION OF WORK BY GEOFF HEWITT, ANGELA BELL & HEATHER BURTON

WHAT DO YOU KNOW? HULL SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN

+there is a Car Show somewhere in outskirts of Hull where I have my eye on…..

HAVE A GREAT WEEK CULTURE READERS!!!

MY CITY OF CULTURE – MY HULL – WEEK 36

HELLO.

 

This week is more about what I didn’t do  – my engagement with Hull 17 has been very poor. My honest feeling about it late Sunday was gutting, but sometimes other things come first, sacrifices had to be made.

From past two months I have had some interesting photography experiences – Freedom Festival, few important portraits, first wedding, smoke bomb awesomeness, beautiful mother to be photographed, Home Glory series updated, new website work progress and thoughts about the future…so all this has to be shared with everyone and requires work. SORRY CULTURE

Plus – important to remember that Freedom Festival took its toll  there was extra 2 1/2 days to recover and edit…..

anyway….
things I really wanted to do but didn’t this week:

 

Turner Prize Nominees and Winners at the Ferens

Incredibly gutted, but definitely not missing the The Turner Prize 2017 which is coming soon – 26th September.

Alien Sex Capsule at Artlink Hull

Planned, but didn’t happen due to work commitments. Will visit this week [more than welcome to join me] it is on until 29th September.

Albemarle Saturdays – WORKSHOP 15: MELIA DUO – FOUND OBJECTS PERCUSSION/ COMPOSITION

This was found in the pile of culture flyers/books I have and as I was desperate to do some culture I booked some tickets. It was on until I went to a family day at Smith&Nephew [work thing] and cos of free food and entertainment +dozen of Hull 17 volunteers I thought that this is good enough.

Smith&Nephew is major sponsor for Hull 17 so that make it count even more.

Also I was very realistic – I had no objects that make noise, I have zero talent for music and I didn’t feel comfortable going, so decision was made.

Here are few culture snaps from the family event – site is safety aware, so the less I publish the better I feel.

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THIS WEEK I AM PLANNING TO BE A GOOD CULTURE GIRL, DELIVER SOME INTERESTING CULTURE AND BLOG Freedom Festival

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MY CITY OF CULTURE – MY HULL – WEEK 28

SUNDAY MORNING OF THE CULTURE WEEK 28 AND HIGH PRODUCTIVITY SO FAR. THIS WEEK HAS BEEN MANIC, BUT I HAVE BEEN ON THE TOP OF THE GAME.

AS I AM LEAVING UK FOR TWO WEEKS, TO DO LIST HAS BEEN LONG, INCLUDING GETTING SOME CULTURE.

THIS WEEK I HAVE TWO HIGHLIGHTS:

Ground Gallery since the first visit few weeks ago when I visited PEACE PARTY is on my culture map. I subscribed to their mailing list and that is how I found out about the LIFE PICTURES by artist KAUSAR from Afghanistan.
It was important to visit the exhibition this week, as it will be closed by the time I come back. Tight schedule forced me to take my chances that it will be open. It was closed when I arrived and I desperately started taking photos through the window [as you do].
GROUND GALLERY Opening Times

Before leaving I thought that the good old knocking might change the situation around and IT DID. I was invited for a quick view and it mainly happened cos the gallery owner recognised my face.
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The drawings represent artist life back in Afghanistan and his new home in Hull. The artwork contains a lot of monsters and creatures, so I recon that the artist had struggles and the journey was not an easy one. Like many others, he might have struggled to integrate and find his sense of belonging.
Overall the gallery is as mentioned few weeks ago full of character and that enhances the work on the walls. Beautiful.
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The same day I went down to Princess Avenue to visit Artlink Hull.

I was not sure if the previous exhibition that I wanted to see was still on, but I also thought that there must be something on anyways.

I dare to say – one of the best photographic exhibitions I’ve seen since Martin Parr @Hepworth Wakefield couple of years ago.

Visible Girls: Revisited by Anita Corbin

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The exhibition brings together original images of women from different subcultures of the early 1980’s and newly commissioned portraits of the same women now. In 1981 Corbin made 28 double portraits of young women. They were from different cultural groups: skins, mods, punks, rockabillies, new romantics, rastas and young lesbians. She was fascinated by the ways in which cultural allegiance and identity were boldly and explicitly expressed through fashion, music and environment by women emerging from adolescence.

Source: Hull City Of Culture Website

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The era when photographs were taken matches with the one Martin Parr and his photographic journeys took place – Margaret Thatcher and the times when the social confusion was a present. Or everyone turned into a rebel in some way. Interesting time for controversial photographs dealing with the life.

So I recon that is the reason why I was so positively charged with this exhibition. In so many ways it is one of the most beautiful ways how to preserve life and style that is way gone, but remains important for new generations to know about. It makes sense to me.
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Photographs reveal timeless beauty of the way world used to be. There is a sense of freedom. The way Anita Corbin worked is also something that rarely happens these days insta-shots with Polaroid focusing on the first time success.

Another fascinating aspect is that Corbin tracked down women photographed to take the photograph once more, many years later – she actually reunited some friends that haven’t seen each other in twenty years.

VISIBLE GIRLS: REVISITED by ANITA CORBIN friends reunited photograph

My personal friendship experience relates to this as my best friends live in Latvia and I see them once a year.

There is also an amazing merchandise available, including a book that I really need to get before the exhibition finishes.

Artlink Hull VGR SHOP

SO YEAHHHH, HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS TO EVERYONE.
BIG SHOUT OUT TO Artlink Hull STAFF FOR BEING SO FANTASTIC AND OFF COURSE BIG HONOURS TO HOST AN EXHIBITION OF THIS KIND.

 

MY WORK HERE IS DONE FOR THIS WEEK AND I AM VERY EXCITED TO GO HOME [TUESDAY]. TOMORROW I MIGHT DO SOME CULTURE FOR THE WEEK 29 AND 30, SO KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED FOR NEXT TWO WEEKS.

I CANNOT BELIEVE I WILL BE AWAY FROM THE CULTURE AND EVEN MORE I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT I CARE SO MUCH. hah.

HAVE A FANTASTIC WEEK MONKEYS!!!!

MY CITY OF CULTURE – MY HULL – WEEK 23

Week 23 of the challenge has flown by – again. Time just flies and last week especially I was living in a bubble – week blended in as one long day with a lot of amazing things, cool photo shoots [one very cool solid] and great people.

Last week obviously went down to Hull School of Art&Design – AS THEY CALL IT THE BRODRICK GALLERY NOW – for the degree show.

Hull School of Art&Design Degree Show 2017 Hull City of Culture

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First of all massive CONGRATS to Fine Art students for having the best social/promo/marketing presence I’ve seen in years. They are only bunch of students [are they?], but they have done such a brilliant job. Their exhibition BEHIND THE WHITE WALLS was the one I wanted to see the most, so their marketing has worked.

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Having been the student and gone through the degree, I know exactly how difficult and time consuming it is to do everything 100% – creating the final work, writing, researching and preparing the space, and have the perfect social platform to spread the word. Well done!
And off course – some really great stuff – some abstract, some hearty, some personal, some random and some follows issues in the current world.
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I must say that this year I have enjoyed Fine Art the most. Illustration is usually the one I have my eyes peeled, but this year the diversity grabbed my attention in Fine Art studios. Lovely to chat with the artists-students behind the work, plus some other deep conversations at Hull School of Art&Design.
The visit took me back one year ago, and I feel so thankful and lucky. For some, like me, the degree opens another world and offers a great platform to be a great artist, photographer or arhitect, illustrator or web designer. And there are few that really make it to the real world.

Also came to a conclusion that I don’t miss being a student. I milked the cow to the last drop with no regrets. It is an absolute pleasure to pop in now and then and see the people that helped me to shape my photography.

Erm, the photography exhibition was alright [mine/ours was miles better hahah]. There was a few problems – previously mentioned Fine Art BEHIND THE WHITE WALLS and photography exhibition – have no idea what the exhibition was called…that’s quite bad. Two students particularly had strong commitment to the Final Major project and photography in general.

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The photos below particularly interesting as the set was built from scratch on the Hull School of Art&Design grounds and off course – the amazing hand crafted frames.
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The week was literally flying by and on Saturday I had a moment of truth – I have only been to the Degree Show. THAT IS NOT ENOUGH OF CULTURE.

I went through the Hull City Of Culture 2017 website for some inspiration for the day, but was not feeling very social – sometimes I really fancy some quite photo journeys.
Just opposite the St Andrews Quay in West Hull there is the metal sculptures. I pass them at least once a week, wanting to stop, but never do….and I figured that it could be my finishing touch to the WEEK 23 of the challenge.

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“Peter’s Lost Trawlermen’s Memorial at St Andrew’s Quay is a poignant tribute to those who lost their lives at sea” – description on Hull City Of Culture 2017 website.

I was taking photographs of a group of people carved in metal kind of knowing about the possible connection with the fishing heritage in Hull and celebrations around it.
But little that I knew that this is part of a big celebration and part of the Hull 17 programmeFishing Heritage Talks: An Evening with Alec and Peter is only one part of the 17-day festival of celebration in honour of Hull’s fishing heritage.

At least I can say that I appreciated the incredible sculpture to the fullest and explored in detail. As the sculptures are life size – Melanie could not help to be part of the art – and I can’t really blame her. We had fun and the people passing by wondered what the heck is going on there.

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That unplanned photo shoot might be a potential selling point, so people who did pass  might come for a closer look and spread the word.

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There has been some great shots with the sculpture on Instagram photo groups with star trails, amazing sunsets/sunrises in the background, but I think I’ve done a good job with the summer look.

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This week I am planning on few things:
Now Then 

HULL STREET FOOD NIGHT ON THURSDAY

ARTLINK HULL and the DOG BASKET BABOON by Oliver Macdonald

BUT BECAUSE I AM TRAINING/PREPARING FOR THE HULL 10K I will see how my plan works out.
There is also a must do on my list which is to visit key Hull areas and spend some time absorbing the landmarks, people and general “happyhullbeing”

MY CITY OF CULTURE – MY HULL – WEEK 19

Another Hull City Of Culture 2017 week has gone by – for me it sometimes feels like I am unaware of so many things happening and my challenge is becoming content-less.

My excuses are workload and prioritising/juggling the life of newly established photographer.

This week I wanted to pay a visit to Artlink Hull, capture some people action in Queen Victoria square and Film&Talk: Dancing with Strangers:From Calais to England [unfortunately I exchanged this activity for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast with family].

On Friday I also went down to Hull University for Death Cafe. From a professional/personal point the gathering was so important. For those who have been following me are aware of my photographic END OF LIFE CELEBRATIONS project. The project touches my heart strings, I don’t think that I have ever had such a deep affection with what I am doing as that, so it was good to be surrounded by people who don’t think I am a weird bird. I was also able to reflect on importance of the subject of end of life and death in our lives and that the imagery I have taken has got an original quality.

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The event took place in Derwent building, so I was thrown into this beautiful world of picturesque scenes. For that reason I thought I’ll try and capture some more and celebrate the cityscape of Hull.

 

Artlink Hull was hosting a Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary Shortlist, weeks before the winner exhibits a single exhibition.

Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary offers a bursary and three month residency at high profile gallery to mid-career disabled visual artists based in the UK.

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Anna Berry

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Anna Berry

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I found that this exhibition was quite intimate and with a lot of personal reflections, so enjoyed it with my eyes, rather than behind the lens.

My favourite was Aidan Moesby’s Syndrome (ii). His work explores the Lima And Stockholm Syndromes. For me it was a throwback to the years when I was trying really hard to understand chemistry and the Periodic Table. What the artist has done – every element has a emotion/feeling underpinned and that is what I was feeling when going through it for exams and stuff.
It was a lovely reminder of why I have gone into photography.

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Artlink Hull is a very lovely space with lovely members of staff, so I hope I can go back in the future for some exciting things.

Over the weekend I managed to get out for a bit and I was rewarded – the light seemed to adjust to what I would like to see. It was like I was in control of it.
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It is valuable to see the ever changing city in a good light – we all look better when we are lit with light the right way.

 

This week I am super excited to be going to Depart on Saturday, so that will most likely be my highlight. But if I can I will squeeze in a visit to Ground down Beverley Road, cos that has been on my wishlist for weeks, also the The Train Track and Basket – Claire Barber is on my list.