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Unframing Photography: Performing the Image to See Otherwise

Unframing Photography: Performing the Image to See Otherwise is a new book by transdisciplinary artist Manuel Vason, and his third publication with LADA after the ground-breaking Exposures (2002) and Double Exposures (2014).

Co-published by LADA, edited by Alessandro Simari and beautifully designed by Rubiane Maia, Unframing Photography: Performing the Image to See Otherwise comprises a culmination of the multifaceted project that was initiated by the urgency to reconsider the medium of photography as a technology of visuality.

Unframing Photography: Performing the Image to See Otherwise was launched online on Saturday 3 September.

About Unframing Photography

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 affects the 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.

A beige concrete wall with a short shovel mounted vertically against it towards the right of the frame. The shovel is rusted and stained with concrete. The handle is wooden, of a similar colour to the concrete and is attached to a tripod and a camera with a large lens sitting on the top end. There is a thick orange line running down the left of the frame with black text adjacent reading “Unframing Photography, Performing the image to see otherwise. Manuel Vason” Unframing Photography Cover - Manuel Vason, Unframing Photography: Performing the image to see otherwise. Manuel Vason & Live Art Development Agency, 20220. Cover design Rubiane Maia

Biography

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 Vason 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 collaboration with Hugo Glendinning that presented an extensive body of collaborations between him and forty-five of the most visually arresting artists working with performance in the UK.

Photo of the book Unframing Photography on a grey surface with a hand flicking through it. The two pages we see feature two large photos surrounded by yellow frames. The photos depict a white man, wearing workwear and a blue helmet and using a wooden pair of compasses to draw circles on a sandy beach. The pair of compasses has a camera attached to it. Unframing Photography Credit: Manuel Vason, Unframing Photography: Performing the image to see otherwise. Manuel Vason & Live Art Development Agency, 20220. Cover design Rubiane Maia

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Manuel Vason, Unframing Photography: Performing the image to see otherwise. Manuel Vason & Live Art Development Agency, 20220. Cover design Rubiane Maia

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