Walking the Dog – Workshop and Exhibition
From Monday 02 to Tuesday 31 May 2016
Part of Gwanwyn Festival 2016
Each participant will have a one-to-one session with the artist photographer in one of the following locations: Beechwood Park, Belle Vue Park, Glebelands Park, Shaftesbury Park, Tredegar Park. Participants will be introduced to a range of photographic art work about dogs and dog walking. They will be shown different creative strategies and techniques for photographing dogs and their owners and asked to practise photographing with dogs and dog walkers in the park. The resulting photographs will be exhibited at The Riverfront in Newport, Wales.
Russian Spring – Sarah Laure Engelhard
Photobook co-published by Fauna & Flora in 2013
Edition of 250
During the exceptionally warm and dry summer of 2010, the most extreme heatwave recorded since 1880 in western Russia (NOAA), hundreds of forest fires burned around Moscow from the end of July to the beginning of September. Forest fires are a common and natural phenomenon in Russia but the circumstances in 2010, a combination of extremely high temperatures, little precipitation, dehydrated soils, change in forest management and human induced recreational fires made forests extremely vulnerable to the outbreak of wildfires. Ryazan Oblast, a region to the south east of Moscow, was one of the regions which suffered most from these uncontrollable fires. The villages nearest to the forest locations in the photographs, Peredel’tsy, Kriusha and Spas-Klepiki, were almost fully destroyed. The smoke produced heavy smog in the city of Moscow creating a serious health problem that disrupted public live. The forests photographed here, were organic in nature and estimated to be between 40 and 80 years old. These forests are a mixture of trees and shrubs dominated by pine, spruce and birch with aspen and grey alder, growing on peat soils and in swamp areas. The region of Ryazan is exploited for timber production and national and international tree planting campaigns aim at reforestation. Forest ecologist Grigory Anissochkin estimates the recovery time of these woods to be 30 years, if they are left to grow naturally.
Nemini Parco – An exhibition of work by Jesus Monterde
From Thursday 08 November to Friday 14 December 2012
Exhibition held at Fauna & Flora Gallery in Newport, Wales
Jesus Monterde’s work is a consequence of his interaction with the inhabitants of remote places in El Maestrazgo, Spain. His personal commitment to document the way of living and thinking in those locations and the relationship between man and animal is visible, but also it is visible his proximity to the world he photographs. Until he was around twelve years old, Jesus lived in that cultural environment and in that sort of collective hallucination, brutal but truthful and beautiful.
‘Nemini Parco’ (meaning “No one is spared”) was a common expression to be engraved in the scythe in the depictions of Death in the medieval Dances of Death and all through the baroque period, reminding Men, that Death makes no distinctions among their victims and it leads all men to the abyss. Complex rituals and singular actions that we witness through Jesus Monterde’s work, depict the way the subjects have to escape fear and somehow establish control over their lives. In the end it does not matter what is done in life we are all equal in Death’s eyes, including animals.
In ‘Nemini Parco’ we are reminded that the relationship between Man and Animal is ancient. The burden that still haunts the cultural representations of animal life in remote places of Iberia. There, animals can be symbolic, a premonition or even a demoniacal messenger. Grace and Bestiality live together in ‘Nemini Parco’ and remain latent in our eyes when even when we leave the images.
Jesus Monterde was one of the first students of Blank Paper, an independent photography school, based both in Madrid and Valencia, Spain. Blank Paper was the first ever photography collective in Spain, founded in 2003 by seven photographers wanting to showcase their work. The Blank Paper school has now become a place for personal experimentation within photography and constructed for the germination of what they call “a concept of photography that is sincere, personal and far from the photographic cliche”. The perfect environment for an artist like Jesus Monterde to be nurtured and encouraged to develop ‘Nemini Parco’.
Other images of this project have been exhibited in Lleida Emergent Photography Festival in Lleida, Spain in 2011.