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Pride in Diversity

Posted on May 30, 2017

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Women, war and peace

Posted on May 21, 2017

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A Mini Revolution!

Posted on May 17, 2017

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Diffusion Guides + Resources

Posted on May 16, 2017

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Diffusion In a Day

Posted on May 12, 2017

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Rowan Lear’s Lunchtime Gallery Talks

Posted on May 12, 2017

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Diffusion Symposium

Posted on April 23, 2017

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Ffotomatic for the People

Posted on April 23, 2017

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Dreamtigers

Posted on February 18, 2017

Dreamtigers is a new Ffotogallery project in which artists and cultural professionals from India and Wales collaborate around the making and presentation of new work that reflects how creativity, technology and a renewed sense of national identity are shaping the lives of future generations in a globalised society.

Dreamtigers brings us together with the Nazar Foundation/Delhi Photo Festival creating reciprocal opportunities for artists and creative professionals from India and Wales to travel to and work in each other’s countries.

Image Credit: Mahatma Gandhi spinning on Dhanush Takli spinning instrument in his hut at Satyagraha Ashram, Sevagram, August 1940.

Photograph by Kanu Gandhi

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Dreamtigers is a major new Ffotogallery project in which artists and cultural professionals from India and Wales collaborate around the making and presentation of new work that reflects how creativity, technology and a renewed sense of national identity are shaping the lives of future generations in a globalised society.

The project uses photography and lens-based media to examine both the ‘real India’ and the equally present and significant other – an Imagined India which in recent years has significantly evolved and transformed itself in the public sphere and in the minds of Indians. Likewise, Dreamtigers will show Wales as a future facing nation looking outward to the world and harnessing its creative skill, innovation and ambition to improve prospects for all its citizens.

Dreamtigers brings us with the Nazar Foundation/Delhi Photo Festival. Central to the project is a commitment to joint working, manifest in reciprocal opportunities for artists and creative professionals from India and Wales to travel to and work in each other’s countries. The key outcomes will be creative collaboration in the form of planning, development and co-production of exhibitions, artist residency and exchange opportunities, and the development of new audiences through print and online publishing, educational programmes and digital engagement activities.

To mark the 70th anniversary of Indian Independence and the project launch, in March 2017 Ffotogallery presents the UK premiere of Kanu’s Gandhi, a new exhibition of rare and intimate photographs of Mahatma Gandhi by his grandnephew and personal chronicler, Kanu Gandhi. Curated by Prashant Panjiar and Sanjeev Saith.

Two talented young curators, Bhooma Padmanabhan and Anshika Varma, will undertake residencies in Wales in April/May, contributing to installation of exhibits at Diffusion: Cardiff International Festival of Photography 2017 and production of A Million Mutinies Later – India at 70, an India-specific exhibition at Ffotogallery in June, overseen by Prashant Panjiar.

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Volunteer at Diffusion

Posted on February 10, 2017

Call Out for Festival Volunteers

Would you like to get involved with Diffusion? We’re looking for enthusiastic people who are willing to give up their time and expertise to help plan and deliver the festival.

A voluntary placement could offer you valuable experience in areas such as:

Diffusion will provide training and support and we have opportunities to suit a wide range of applicants from all backgrounds. There are no specific requirements for volunteering beside a passion for contemporary photography and a keenness to volunteer.

Interested? Please email [email protected]

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Buzz DIY

Posted on February 10, 2017

In partnership with Diffusion 2017, Buzz Magazine will curate BUZZ DIY –an exciting participatory programme in a new creative space in the Tramshed, Cardiff. 

BUZZ DIY focuses on Self-publishing, Zines, Photography, Graffiti, Music, Video & Film, Creative Writing & illustration. Individuals can learn how a DIY approach empowers them and develops their work and creativity. The space will be open for the entire month of May 2017.

BUZZ DIY will enable members of the public to drop in and make their own zines for free. This is open to all ages (+16) and levels of talent. The finished work will be exhibited in the space, and via the Buzz and Diffusion website. 

This will run parallel to the buzz25 exhibition: a retrospective of Buzz over the last 25 years highlighting the process of creating a self-funding independent publication before the introduction of the internet and the social media age. The DIY workshops and exhibition are free and for all in the community, who will also have an opportunity to attend talks, pop-up gigs and events.

NIGHT EVENTS

buzz25 Exhibition show opening

Zine presentations

Video/film show awards 

Opening Party

Hip-Hop Night

Diffusion Zine Launch

Red is Dead Gig night

Film Night (Sid and Nancy + Short Films)

Mark Wynn Gig + Support

Closing Party

Pop up Events Food, shops & vintage fair Spoken Word

Poetry slam Soap box

Art shows

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kennardphillipps

Posted on February 10, 2017

In State of the Nations, specially commissioned for Diffusion 2017, resistance to the status quo is embedded in their deconstruction of news images and narratives built from everyday materials, photomontage and text. kennardphillipps dig into the surface of words and images to visualise the connection between the oppressed majority and the political and financial elites of the everyday, remixing earlier work and creating new artwork addressing contemporary issues relating to Trump, Brexit, the refugee and migrant crisis and nuclear proliferation.

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Revolution 2017

Posted on February 10, 2017

PRESS RELEASE

Diffusion: Cardiff International Festival of Photography, Ffotogallery’s biennial city-wide celebration of world class photography and contemporary art, returns 1-31 May 2017 with a month long programme of exhibitions, events and activities.

Diffusion 2017 looks at ‘revolution’ in its widest context, investigating moments of social change, movements around freedom of expression, the pursuit of utopias, human rights and identity. Through the prism of photography and lens-based media, the festival will examine dramatic and wide-reaching changes over the last hundred years to the way we live – technological, political, social and cultural.

Diffusion and Ffotogallery’s Director, David Drake, explains why he chose the theme:

“At a time of immense global change, fear and uncertainty, I felt it was important for Diffusion 2017 to look at cultural and societal change more broadly, to explore new ideas and new ways of doing things, especially those which offer a challenge to the established order. To show how risk and experimentation, collaboration and collective action, how speaking up for what one believes in and acting on it, can bring about positive transformation, be a force for good rather than destructive ends”

Highlights include a special State of the Nations commission for Wales by Peter Kennard, without doubt Britain’s most important political artist, and Cat Phillipps, with whom he has been collaborating with since 2003 to make work for the street, gallery, the web, newspapers and magazines, including a large billboard installation for Banksy’s Dismaland.

The exhibition Taking Liberties by John ‘Hoppy’ Hopkins captures the vibrancy of the emerging counter-culture in 1960s Britain, expressed through music, protest and art. Included are iconic images of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Allen Ginsburg, William Burroughs and others. The artist documents the historic beat poetry convention at The Albert Hall in 1965, along with CND marches and anti-racist demonstrations illustrating the power of popular protest. 

Diffusion 2017 will also be welcoming to the city Marcelo Brodsky, a leading Argentine artist and human rights activist. In 1968 – the Fire of Ideas Brodsky features archival images of student and worker demonstrations around the world, carefully annotated by hand in order to deconstruct what lay behind worldwide social turbulence in the late 1960s.

Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, Diffusion 2017 will feature a number of younger Russian artists, including Danila Tkachenko, whose latest project Lost Horizon focuses on the futurist pursuit of space travel by the Soviet Cosmonauts. As part of a LGBT+ exhibition and screening programme delivered in partnership with the Iris Prize, Tatiana Vinogradova’s Days of Melancholy focuses on the life of gay people in Russia. It is a visual tale of melancholy, loneliness and uncertainty about the future in a country where the level of intolerance toward homosexuality has been rising sharply.

Diffusion’s Big Data Revolution strand reflects various trends in technology that offer a new approach to understanding the world and consequently change how we live, work and represent ourselves. Laís Pontes is a London-based Brazilian artist exploring the manifold ways that characters are developed and constructed on social media platforms. To this end, in Born Nowhere the artist uses her own body and life to stage experiments on various social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram and OkCupid.

Another exciting new development for 2017 is the Buzz/Diffusion pop-up venue in the city centre, in partnership with Tramshed Tech. This is a free space for exhibitions, gigs, workshops, talks and events with an emphasis on public participation in DIY culture, self-publishing, digital production and print-based design. The project is linked to Buzz's 25th anniversary and the wider Diffusion strand around independent publishing and cultural activism in a digital age.

Ffotogallery has just embarked on an 18 month partnership programme with Delhi Photo Festival, to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Indian independence, so several exhibitions and artist projects will look at the emergence of modern India post-independence and contemporary Indian culture and experience at home and abroad.

Diffusion will also reflect Wales’ long and rich history of protest and insurrection, from the Merthyr Rising in 1831 to the Miners’ Strike in the 1980s and its legacy, and the more recent cultural revolution focusing on the assertion of Wales’ distinctive identity as a bi-lingual, independent nation. To coincide with the Welsh Government’s Year of Legends, we will highlight various Welsh ‘game-changers’ - key individuals who have had a profound and transformational impact on the wider social and cultural landscape. These will include Nye Bevan (who spearheaded the establishment of the National Health Service, as featured in a new project by artist David Garner), Mary Quant (a key figure in the 1960s who transformed fashion and design), Raymond Williams (writer, cultural theorist), Bertrand Russell (philosopher and peace campaigner) and also Sir Percy Thomas (the modernist architect who designed the British Nylon Spinners Factory in Pontypool, Sully Hospital and St Fagan's Museum, amongst other important buildings).

A special exhibition at the Wales Millennium Centre, Zeitgeist, will feature work submitted in response to Diffusion’s global Open Call. The aim is to capture the spirit of our times, highlight what is really going on, offer new insights and solutions, and challenge the status quo. With our various news feeds latterly dominated by Brexit, Trumpism, climate change, poverty, religious intolerance, the migrant and refugee crisis, border control and gentrification, Zeitgeist will interrogate what this all means for the individual and society moving forward.

In raising important questions about the world we live in today, Diffusion offers a month long programme of exhibitions, interventions, screenings, performances, events and celebrations in both physical and virtual spaces and places. The excitement of directly participating in the festival, and the international reach and visibility of the event, is further enhanced through printed and online publications, websites, mobile content and discussion on social media platforms.

Diffusion: Cardiff International Festival of Photography 2017 launches its new web platform www.diffusionfestival.org on 14 February on which full details of events, exhibitions, workshops, venues, and the featured artists will unfold in the build up to the festival opening on 1 May 2017.

Notes to Editors:

1. Diffusion

Diffusion is a biennial month-long international festival of photography taking place in

Cardiff, Wales' capital city. The festival is initiated and delivered by Ffotogallery in

collaboration with a wide range of local, national and international partners and

supporters. Diffusion is a celebration of photography and the photographic image, in

all its forms. Whether created, published, exhibited, collected or distributed in a

physical or virtual way, the photograph has the power to inspire and provoke

reaction, to reflect our own experience and that of society evolving around us. After highly successful Diffusion festivals in 2013 and 2015, 2017 will be the third edition of the festival.

www.diffusionfestival.org

2. Ffotogallery

As the major force for contemporary photography in Wales, Ffotogallery is

recognised as the forum for contemporary debate and a focus for new developments

in British and international photographic art. As a national organisation, its view is

naturally outward looking, with an exhibition programme featuring photographers

from Wales and the rest of the world. As well as delivering Diffusion, Ffotogallery curated and presented the artist Helen Sear at Cymru yn Fenis/Wales in Venice 2015. On an ongoing basis, Ffotogallery’s exhibition, publishing and education work promotes at home and abroad emergent photographic and lens-based artists living in Wales, and cultivates the next generation of creative practitioners. Ffotogallery is the lead agency for the European Prospects transnational cultural cooperation programme and has a commitment to international working within Europe and beyond, including a major India-Wales partnership with Delhi Photo Festival and the Nazar Foundation for 2017/18.

www.ffotogallery.org

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Zeitgeist

Posted on February 07, 2017

Brexit, Trumpism, globalisation, climate change, poverty, religious intolerance, the migrant and refugee crisis, diversity, nationalism, border control, hate crime, gentrification and community division. For all the technological socio-economic progress made, we live in a world blighted by inequality, war and political upheaval, particularly for those living under oppressive regimes.

Diffusion is looking for photographer and artist work that captures the spirit of our times, highlights what’s going on, offers new insights and solutions, and challenges the status quo.

All submissions will be reviewed by Diffusion’s international curatorial panel, led by David Drake, Festival Director and Director of Ffotogallery.

David Drake – Director, ffotogallery.org, Diffusion Festival Director
Gintaras Cesonis – Chairman, Lithuanian Photographers Association
Jean-Marc Lacabe – Director, Le Chateau d’Eau, Toulouse
Matthias Bullinger and Gisela Diringer – Co-Directors: Bildkultur, Stuttgart
Jens Friis – Editor in Chief, Katalog Magazine, Denmark
Malcolm Dickson – Director, Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow

Selected work will be included in the specially curated ZEITGEISTexhibition, with additional awards of between £1,000 and £3,000 to present five projects in expanded form. Additional benefits include print and online publishing opportunities and free tickets for Diffusion events.

All submission fees will go directly into the production costs of Diffusion 2017 exhibitions and events, and there are no third party beneficiaries.

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