EVENT : January 23, 2017 — January 27, 2017.
Present and Continuous
Exploring photography as a collaborative endeavor
Present and Continuous is the result of a 9-month collaborative project between photographic artist and producer Elizabeth Wewiora, Many Hands Craft Collective, an Over 60s group based within Ancoats. The group itself regularly meet within Victoria Square, a Northwards Housing building and one of the oldest social housing buildings in Europe. The project is part of Elizabeth’s current Masters by research practice based degree at Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University.
The project seeks to explore the role of photography as a tool for social engagement. It further looks to analyse how this medium, can be used as a way to co-author work between photographer and community. In essence work, which collaboratively expresses what really matters to those involved, both now and in the future
The exhibition brings together the work of all involved, with a collaborative approach to the conceptual ideas, production of work, editing and final curation of its public showcase. The group decided to focus on what brings them together as a collective, and why this collective through a shared passion for craft and creativity, now consider themselves a community? Ideas were developed through time spent discussing existing visual metaphors, exploring photography as archive, self-representation through portraiture and the relationship between photography and the physical object and photography and craft.
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