May 24, 2019

We’re doing an @aceagrams takeover this weekend, for the launch of Blast! Festival – take a look!

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May 22, 2019

After embarking on the research for this project, I noticed something very specific about the cars of the Asian women I interviewed. Each of them kept an ornament or a symbol in their car, which represented something very significant in their lives and was a constant reminder of faith. Suraksha Asar, one of the ladies I spoke with said every time she gets into her car she says a small prayer. Asking god to take her safely to and from her destination. I thought this was really lovely. The photo in this post is of Jasvir Virk, the lady who also insisted I eat a big hearty lunch. She uses her car to make a journey to the local Gurdwara every morning at 6am. She said, it’s important to remember god because it reminds people to do good by others in their daily lives. @dawinderbansal . Come and join us for the guided tour of the exhibition this Saturday 25th May at 12pm to 1pm. Booking via www.blastphotofestival.com . . . . . #artscouncil #ambitionforexcellence #sandwellcouncil #dawinderbansal #womenandcars #multistoryartist #blastphotofestival2019

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May 19, 2019

Asian Women & Cars: Road to Independence @dawinderbansal This project is a new, multimedia exhibition that celebrates the lives and experiences of first generation South Asian migrant women living in Sandwell and the Black Country. Using oral histories, film, photographs and sound, Dawinder Bansal explores the relationships between the women, driving and their cars. The installation will highlight the positive impact of these stories on future generations of British Asian women who now benefit from the sacrifices of the first generation who battled against patriarchy and traditional family structures to gain independence. Special thanks to all of the women who shared their stories for the creation of this new exhibition. Dawinder Bansal is a producer and artist whose performances and visual art installations are informed by cultural heritage and contemporary stories. Her stage production Mother Tongues from Father Lands was a finalist in ITV’s Asian Media Awards. In 2017, she was a recipient of a High Commendation by the Women of Achievement Awards and was subsequently invited to meet with the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street. Recent work includes Jambo Cinema; The Making of a South Asian Wedding; and producing the Southbank Centre’s South Asian Alchemy Festival for the Black Country region. Previous projects include theatre productions for: Centro Cultural Banco Do Brasil (Brazil), the BBC, Channel 4 and Cast in Doncaster.

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May 18, 2019

In Family Portraits Inka and Niclas Lindergård, along with their son, collect self-portraits taken in overly romantic scenery. They are wearing suits that bounce the light of the flash back into the camera lens, making them anonymous and radiate in the photograph. The work is about the present day ritual of travelling and photographing – photographs as proof. It’s about the depiction and consumption of grand scenery and it’s also about the camera and the magic moment of exposure. @inkaandniclas The materiality of photography is crucial in Inka and Niclas Lindergård’s work which tells of the contemporary perception processes of nature and the connection of the photographic medium with the stylisation of landscape. Bright utopian landscapes in their works address the spectators’ experience, making them notice not only the beauty but also the culture. An open portal to the hyperrealistic synthesis of beauty, kitsch and visual desire in the language of photography. Inka (Finland) and Niclas (Sweden) Lindergård is an awarded artist duo who works primarily with photography-based art. They have worked together since 2007 and live in Stockholm, Sweden. . . . . . . . #inkaniclaslindergard #blastphotofestival2019 #MultistoryArtist #multistory #sandwell #sandwellcouncil #ambitionforexcellence #photography #photographyfestival

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May 18, 2019

In Passing Annegien van Doorn is constantly looking for encounters with everyday objects that are undoubtedly present in everyday life. These objects are normally used and forgotten, as throw away things. However, through Van Doorn’s photographic and video work, we recognise new meanings and functions that she attributes to these ordinary objects, making us more aware of their existence. @annegienvandoorn Annegien van Doorn was born in The Netherlands and graduated from the photography department at St. Joost Art Academy Breda in 2004, followed by an MFA programme at the University of Barcelona from 2006 until 2008. Her work has been shown in solo exhibitions at FOAM museum, C&H Gallery and Melkweg Expo in Amsterdam, MONA Detroit and Youkobo Art Space in Tokyo. She has also participated in a number of group shows in Three Shadows Photography Arts Center Beijing, Himalaya Museum Shanghai, Le Botanique Brussels and at Les Recontres de la Photographie Festival in Arles. . . . . . . #annegienvandoorn #blastphotofestival2019 #MultistoryArtist #multistory #sandwell #sandwellcouncil #ambitionforexcellence #photography #followfriday #photographyfestival

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May 17, 2019

The Village Fascinated by the resilience of small shops and businesses in Langley, Oldbury, still known affectionately by locals as Langley Village. The shops here make a considerable, yet often overlooked contribution to the area’s economy. Recently the Office for National Statistics reported a total of 1,772 shops disappearing from the UK’s town centres over the last year; almost five closing every day. At a time when the demise of the high-street is rarely out of the news, Kate’s project is a portrait of Oldbury high-street, its shops and businesses, the daily lives of the people who operate them. Join us on 14th June at 4PM, at Langley Park Lodge to hear Kate talk about her project. Born in West Bromwich and raised in Wednesbury, Kate Jackson first started taking photographs of the local area and people in her teens and has continued to do so ever since. She is a member of Laundry, a group of artists who join together to develop and deliver collaborative projects. Much of her work to date is focused within Sandwell as she is passionate about working with people and communities in the area. . . . . . . . #katejackson #blackcountry #blastphotofestival2019 #FORGEartist #MultistoryArtist #multistory #sandwell #sandwellcouncil #ambitionforexcellence #photography #followfriday #FF #photographyfestival

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May 17, 2019

Apna Heritage Archive Anand Chhabra has curated an exhibition from the 2000 image archive dating from 1960 to 1989. These rarely seen photographs give an insight into family life, customs and integration into life in the UK. For Blast! Anand will include new photographs collected from the Punjabi community in West Bromwich. Please note this exhibition is open for general viewing on the 7th June. @anandbcva Join us at 6PM at the Guru Nanak Gudwara (B66 3AP) on 7th June to hear Anand Chhabra talk about the Apna Heritage Archive and gain an insight into this wonderful collection of images. Anand Chhabra is a photographer and has recently worked on exhibitions that focus on communities who have a lack of representation or engagement in the arts. Anand was recently shortlisted for his personal work for ‘Photography in Collaboration: Migration and Religion in 2018’ hosted by Magnum Foundation. . . . . . . #anandchhabra #BlastPhotoFest2019 #FORGEartist #FF #MultistoryArtist #multistory #sandwell #sandwellcouncil #ambitionforexcellence #photography #photographyfestival

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May 15, 2019

Strangers in a Town – doc, Phillip Donnelan, 1969 I borrow from all sources of media. This image haunts me often, it’s set in the famous Bermid factory and shows a man lost in his own thoughts amid the tumult of the heat and soot of the steel working floor. In this setting, you hear stories of men who’d cook chapattis on the hot surfaces of pubs on every corner having lunch time Micky Mouses (half bitter, half lager) ready to sooth the throats of the thirsty men, or a man who couldn’t read the warning sign on a furnace and got locked in and burned to death. @billster187 Billy Dosanjh will be showcasing his final photograph from The Exiles throughout Blast! Festival at Smethwick Heritage Centre. . . . . . . . #billydosanjh #BlastPhotoFest2019 #socialdocumentaryphotography #Multistory #multistoryartist #Sandwell #AmbitionforExcellence #ACE #westmidlandsartsbursary #ACEmidlands #CultureMatters #SandwellCouncil #MultistoryArtists #Community #Photography #Portraits #artsfestival #ambitionforexcellence #smethwick

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