Unframing Photography – Manuel Vason Book Launch

On Saturday 3rd September, join us from 4-5pm (UK time) for the online launch of Manuel Vason’s Unframing Photography: Performing the Image to See Otherwise, co-published by Live Art Development Agency (LADA) and comprising a culmination of the multifaceted project.

Please register online by booking through Eventbrite. The Eventbrite page will be closed for registration 3 hours prior to the event starting. All who register will be emailed a link prior to the event. For this event we will be using the Zoom platform.

Manuel will talk about the book and the Unframing Photography project and present excerpts and images. Alessandro Simari, the editor of the book, and Mick Williamson, one of the contributing artists, will offer their insights and discuss with Manuel before engaging in a Q&A with the audience.

The Unframing Photography project is a collaborative endeavour by transdisciplinary artist Manuel Vason, questioning the power and influence of photography in our life.

It proposes the photographic frame as an ideological apparatus of control which affectthe way we see, memorise and relate with others.

Sparked from a collaboration with 10 lens-based artists living in Folkestone (UK), Unframing Photography has unfolded into a series of public interventions, a number of large sculptures, an exhibition, a video documentary, and a book co-published by the Live Art Development Agency.

Collaborating lens-based artists and photographers: Aida Silvestri, Amy Johnson, Chelsey Browne, Clare Unsworth, Igor Emmerich, Jacqui Taylor, Lee Brodhurst-Hooper, Matt Rowe, Mick Williamson, and Thierry Bal.

Unframing Photography is supported using public funding by the Art Council of England. 

Access Information

All are welcome to join in a relaxed virtual space, with or without your camera on. British Sign Language interpretation, automated captioning and audio description will be available. A break will be offered within the event.

We strive to make events accessible in support of d/Deaf and disability communities. Should you have any particular requirements regarding access not listed or have any questions, please email us at [email protected] and we will be happy to offer further support.

About Manuel Vason

Manuel Vason (b.1974) is a transdisciplinary artist interested to question the presence and influence of photography in an image-driven contemporary society. By exploring photography through the prism of performance art, Manuel is perpetually re-framing his vision, while shaping a hybrid art form and a fertile space of critique and creative engagement.

During the last twenty years he has collaborated with more than two hundred and fifty international performance artists, produced six publications and exhibited internationally. In 2019, he completed a PhD by Publication at the University for the Creative Arts (UK).

In 2002 Manuel published Exposures (by Black Dog Publishing in association with LADA), an unprecedented and long overdue look at the body in Live Art. In 2014, he published Double Exposures (co-published by LADA and Intellect), a collaborative venture between Manuel Vason and forty-five of the most visually arresting artists working with performance in the UK.

Banner image credit:

Manuel Vason, ‘Unframing Photography: Performing the image to see otherwise’. Manuel Vason & Live Art Development Agency, 2022. Image Manuel Vason

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