news release: July 2004

Trading Places: migration, representation, collaboration, activism in contemporary art
Programme: exhibition, workshops, discussions, screenings

Opening Event: Friday 7 May 2004, 1800h
Continuing: until 29 May 2004, Wed–Sun 1100–1700h (Fri & Sat –1600h)
Pump House Gallery, Battersea Park, London SW11 4NJ

Zeigam Azizov, Big Hope, Ursula Biemann, Phil Collins, Petja Demitrova, Esra Ersen, Grassroots Collective, Edina Husanovic, Adla Isanovic, Sejla Kameric, Klub Zwei, Martin Krenn, Kristina Leko, MAIZ, P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum, Photoinsight, Lisl Ponger, Marco Raat, Social Impact, Szuper Gallery, Wochenklausur, Moira Zoitl

Trading Places brings together works in video, photography, public interventions and collaborative projects. Contributors include internationally renowned artists such as Ursula Biemann (Switzerland), Phil Collins (UK) and Lisl Ponger (Austria) and emerging artists such as Esra Ersen (Turkey) and Sejla Kameric (Bosnia and Herzegovina). Many of the works in Trading Places are being presented in London and the UK for the first time with a particular focus on issues and practices emerging from Central and South East Europe. At the heart of Trading Places is a lively orientation area containing a video library, an archive of project documentation and reference texts.

A series of new commissions will be realised especially for Trading Places. Phil Collins will realise Delivery 2, the second part of a three-phase project that was first commissioned in 2003 by Photoworks and the Brighton Photo Biennial. Collins hand-delivers portraits of asylum-seekers in the UK back to relatives in their country of origin, returning with a newly taken picture of each, examining the importance of photography in specific situations, and the common misconceptions surrounding refugees and asylum-seekers. Martin Krenn has been commissioned to develop his ongoing photographic project City Views for the first time in London, working in cooperation with migrants who show him sites, buildings and areas in urban settings that hold a particular personal significance. In Cartographies, the artist-activist group MAIZ will generate an alternative map of London in collaboration with women migrants living in the city.

B+B is a curatorial partnership between Sarah Carrington and Sophie Hope founded in 2000. B+B support artists and their collaborators in situations ranging from residencies and community-based projects to acts of consultation and activism. Recent projects include B+B at Home (2003) a six-month series of exhibitions, residencies and events at the Austrian Cultural Forum, Art of Survival (2003) at the Prague Biennale and the Czech Centre, London, Brand New Letchworth (2003) in Letchworth Garden City and the B+B archive at Soft Logics (2004) at the Künstlerhaus, Stuttgart.

Occasions 8: B+B at Home
A special edition in the Austrian Cultural Forum’s Occasions series will be launched at the opening of Trading Places. Presented as a set of posters on the themes HOME, MAPPING, TRANSLATION, DOCUMENT, NETWORK the publication explores socially engaged and collaborative art practices in Europe today. It includes works by artists who took part in B+B at Home at the Austrian Cultural Forum London in 2003: Halt+Boring, P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Art/Tadej Pogacar, Siggi Hofer and Helmut and Johanna Kandl with commentaries by Anthony Auerbach, Zeigam Azizov, Judit Bodor, Edina Husanovic, Lisl Ponger, Michael Zimmermann and others.

Trading Places has been realised in collaboration with OFFMO and with assistance from the Austrian Cultural Forum, London and Charim Galerie, Vienna. Funded by Arts Council England, Austrian Cultural Forum, Awards for All, the Bosnian Institute, Visiting Arts, and Wandsworth Borough Council and with generous support from Asahi Beer.

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