What’s On! Photographic events for MAY 2013 in Wales

Diffusion Festival 2013

Various Locations around Cardiff 1 – 31 May

Diffusion 2013 is staged in Cardiff, Wales’ capital, a city that in recent years has undergone major economic and social transformation. The festival uses both traditional and new media to create a strong visual presence across existing venues and found spaces and through various interventions in the public realm. We encourage visitors and residents alike to navigate Cardiff and its environs in new ways and to discover facets of the city they would not normally expect to find.

Above all, Diffusion 2013 is a celebration of photography and the photographic image, in all its forms. Whether created, published, exhibited, collected or distributed in a physical or virtual way, the photograph has the power to inspire and provoke reaction, to reflect our own experience and that of society evolving around us.

Events are being updated but the following have been confirmed:

Wednesday 1 May
11am f&d cartier Wait and See unveiling at Oriel Canfas5 – 7pm Festival Opening Reception and From common differences exhibition opening at St David’s Hall
7 – 9pm Alicia Bruce Encore exhibition opening at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
Friday 3 May
6 – 9pm Exhibition openings at Chapter:
Gideon Koppel B O R T H (Studio)
Emma Bennett Thief of Time (Art in the Bar)
Saturday 4 May
12 – 2pm European Chronicles exhibition opening at The Cardiff Story (1st Floor exhibition gallery)
2 – 4pm Exhibition openings at Tramshed:
4.30 – 6.30pm Edgar Martins The Time Machine exhibition opening at Ffotogallery (see below)
5 – 8 pm Wild Oats exhibition opening at Milkwood Gallery
7 – 10pm Barnraising and Bunkers exhibition opening at g39

Edgar Martins: The Time Machine

Cardiff 1 May – 7 June 2013

In 2010 and 2011, Martins gained exclusive access to 20 power plants located across Portugal. Many were built between the 1950s and 1970s, a time of hopeful prospects for rapid economic growth and social change. The Time Machine records objects and spaces whose grand and progressive designs testify to the scope and ambition of the vision they were built to serve.    Ffotogallery, Plymouth Road, Penarth, CF64 3DH

Sebastian Liste: Urban Quilombo

Cardiff 4 May – 23 June 2013

Eight years ago sixty families occupied the “Galpao da Araujo Barreto”, an abandoned chocolate factory in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. Before that, these families lived in the dangerous streets of the city until they decided to come together and occupy this factory in ruins and turn it in a home. Liste has been working in this project since 2009, living with the families and their daily dramas. Documenting the daily life inside of this community, where the life moves between the universal bipolarity of harmony and chaos, hope and despair.    Third Floor Gallery, 102 Bute Street, Penarth, CF10 5AD

Helen Sear: Lure

Cardiff 25 May – 21 June 2013

One of Wales’ most important artists, Helen Sear’s practice is characterized by her exploration of the crossover between photography and fine art, her focus on the natural world and the startling beauty of her work. The exhibition sees Sear continuing to explore the act of looking and relationships between nature, space and scale to present still and moving images of remarkable power.    Bay Art Gallery, 54B/C Bute Street, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5AF

European Chronicles

Cardiff 1 May – 31 May 2013

European Chronicles puts forward a vision of contemporary Europe as experienced through photographic work reflecting various personal, family and community stories. The exhibition showcases the work of Mindaugas Ažušilis, David Barnes, Tina Carr & Annemarie Schöne, John Duncan, Anna Kurpaska, Catrine Val, Arturas Valiaga and others.

The exhibition is presented by Ffotogallery as part of Diffusion: Cardiff International Festival of Photography. A month long festival of exhibitions, discussions, screenings, performances, events and celebrations in both physical and virtual spaces and places.  The Cardiff Story, The Old Library, Cardiff, CF10 1BH

Maurizio Anzeri: But it’s not too late

1 May – 30 June 2013

Anzeri uses found photographs and embroidery to create subtly sculptural pieces in which strangers are given new identities; complex and mysterious. Anzeri sees photographic portraits as landscapes, exploring them in order to layer them with his own maps or orientation to invent what he describes as “other possible evolutionary dimensions for the people pictured”. Labyrinths of forms and colours create intriguing geographies of faces, histories and souls with eyes that stare enigmatically from the centre of their ‘masks’. Alongside this established practice, Anzeri will show new works that utilise embroidery and personal photography to create imagined or psychological space; private reality that becomes public fantasy.  Chapter, Market Road, Cardiff, CF5 1QE

Also at Chapter:

Diffusion Free Family Workshop

25 May 2013
Zine-a-thon: Join Mark Thomas and learn how to make your own photocopied zine.

Diffusion Publishing Fair

25 May -26 May 2013

Diffusion Photobook Symposium

26 May
Early bird booking before 1 May £15, after 1 May £20

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