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Collectives Encounter. Format Photo Festival 2011


Since 2009, Photo-Festivals is collaborating with Format International Photo Festival to bring together some of the most talented and active collectives of photographers to celebrate and promote this emerging culture in the UK.

During the past 10 years, photographers have been developing a new form of working, discussing and sharing their personal work. The collective is not only a dynamic platform for photographers to guarantee their independence and identity, but also a creative hub to produce collective artwork.

This blog is dedicated to the work in progress of the 6 collectives which members are based in the UK. You can follow here the development of their respective artworks commissioned by Yasmina Reggad, curator of the exhibition ‘The Flâneur’.


FORMAT11’s theme is Right Here, Right Now: Exposures from the public realm and is curated around the theme of street photography, examining the relationship that photographers and filmmakers have to it through a wide variety of approaches.

Within this theme, the Collectives Encounter 2011 exhibition’s curator Yasmina Reggad has decided to explore the concept of ‘The Flâneur’. She invited collectives working with or about photography and related media to look at this concept through the lens of this mobile observer and aesthete that Walter Benjamin presented as a conceptual and analytical tool to think about the modern city.

Following the success of Collectives Encounter 2009, this second edition’s exhibition will showcase four new commissioned artworks by ASAWideyedThe Photography CollectiveVea Collective and Rawiya, and the reformulation of existing work ‘Degeneration’ series by Human Endeavour.

From this starting point, the exhibition questions different characters of the flâneur translated into an artistic method of the exploration of the city as the best laboratory to study human nature and social processes.

While producing a space delimited by an endless flânerie, Asa and Wideyed collectives are mapping the flâneur. They deploy a tactic of participation and special practice of the city in order to reveal multiple trajectories of interpretation and representation of the urban reality.

From there, Vea collective, deliberately deviating from their ordinary life and with a calculated passivity, take a stroll around artificial temples of leisure and idleness. With them, the flâneur becomes a voyeur and takes the shape of a detective.

Then, The Photography Collective loiter at a corner of the city and through their gaze into the crowd. They sketch a physiology of the flâneur, and ‘turn the boulevard into an intérieur’ to eventually shift back to a world of constantly reflected observers in the city of merchandise.

The mystery of the crowd vanishes with the advent of surveillance and identification of individual and housing. Human Endeavour hit the pavement of social housing complex and shed light on the impossibility of flâneur to resist the ‘Degeneration’ of postmodern urbis’ planning.

Where does the flânerie end? What are its limits when the better field of the straller is its mobility and his freedom of movement? Rawiya are studying these restrictions in to hostile social, economical, political and cultural environments.

Curator: Yasmina Reggad

Assistant curator: Victoria Edmondson

Collectives participating: ASAHuman EndeavourRawiyaThe Photography CollectiveVea andWideyed

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