A Family Affair
6.00 – 7.00pm, at Art Exchange
We are joined by artist and curator Gordon MacDonald and writer and critic Matthew Bowman for an evening of presentations and conversation about the work of Richard Billingham. We will attempt to unpick Billingham’s extraordinary photographs – from their original intent as studies for paintings without any anticipation of a viewer beyond himself, to the large iconic photographs that have been displayed on gallery walls around the world.
Admission free, all welcome.
Gordon MacDonald is an artist and curator based in Brighton. He is also one half of the collaborative partnership MacDonaldStrand, who initiate idea-based projects. MacDonald was the founding Editor of Photoworks magazine and was Head of Publishing at Photoworks until 2012. Before this he worked as an artist, writer, curator, press photographer and educator. He stood down as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Brighton Photo Fringe in 2014, which he co-founded in 2003. MacDonald was also co-founder of the visual arts publishers GOST Books. MacDonald is guest curator of Krakow Photomonth 2017.
Matthew Bowman’s research focuses on 20th century and contemporary art, criticism, photography, the art market and philosophy in the USA and Europe. He is author of numerous essays including ‘Fifty Key Writers on Photography. He lectures at University of Suffolk, as well as the Department of Photography at Colchester School of Art. Bowman has written review essays for Art Monthly, Art History and The Art Book, as well as curating exhibitions in England and Austria. In his spare time he is a keen photographer working with medium format film cameras.