Who indeed, asks Liverpool’s LOOK 13 Photography Festival, which aims to explore ‘what happens when we turn the camera on ourselves and others’, according to organisers.
Following its 2011 debut, the festival returns to various Liverpool venues next month, and will be broadly themed around ideas of identity, subjectivity and the self.
This year’s LOOK visual identity was was created by Liverpool-based consultancy SB Studio.
The month-long festival will take in events, exhibitions, participative projects and public realm works, loosely based on the ‘who do you think you are’ theme. Work will be on show from both emerging and established artists, exhibiting solo and group shows of historical and new material.
LOOK director Patrick Henry says, ‘LOOK is about photography’s capacity to engage critically with things that really matter. LOOK11 was all about the camera as a tool for changing the world; LOOK13 asks what happens when we turn the camera on ourselves.’
Curtains with legs and a reindeer in a rug are among the unusual subjects of photography shows coming to Liverpool’s Open Eye Gallery, one of the festival’s official partners. The gallery will be showing works from photographers Charles Freger and Eva Stenram showing the former’s carnivalesque portrait projects and the latter’s Drape project, featuring found erotic photos from the 1960s that the artist has manipulated into surreal, bizarre images.
Among the festival’s other highlights are The Bluecoat’s exhibition of Weegee’s work, as well as its I exist (in some way) show, featuring work that explores identity in the contemporary Arab world.
Photographer Rankin will be showing a new project at The Walker Art Gallery, ALIVE: In the Face of Death. Rankin collaborated with the BBC on the project, which saw him photograph ‘people who know they are running out of time’, according to LOOK.
The temporary Caravan Gallery will be open throughout the festival with exhibitions in Liverpool One and the Museum of Liverpool that aim to showcase the often-surreal goings-on of everyday Merseyside life.
One of the not-to-be-missed events of the heaving Parallel Programme of exhibitions and events that coincide with and complement the festival will be Tate Liverpool’s unveiling of Barbara Kruger’s 1991/2012 work Who Owns What, and FACT Gallery’s The Art of the Pop Video show.
LOOK13 runs from 18 May -15 June at various Liverpool venues. For more information visit http://lookphotofestival.com/