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Top 10 Exhibits at Liverpool's LOOK/15 International Photography Festival

Top 10 Exhibits at Liverpool's LOOK/15 International Photography Festival
LOOK/15 photography festival in Liverpool focuses on the theme of exchange, encompassing issues of cultural diversity, migration, story-telling and memory, with the city of Liverpool and its global and local significance at the heart of the programme. Here are the must-see exhibitions at this year’s LOOK/15 festival in the heart of the city, which explores a variety of cultures and themes. The festival hosts the photography of amateurs and professionals, building a strong community relationship with the art which makes it very personal.
Jona Frank – The Modern Kids © Jona Frank

The Modern Kids

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Billy Macrae, G20 Double Takes, 2014
Billy Macrae, G20 Double Takes, 2014 | © Billy Macrae
Jona Frank’s The Modern Kids acquires the essence of LOOK/15, focusing on the life of young boxers and skaters in the city. The detailed expressions captured by Jona personalise the work making it easy to relate and the pictures of the boxers are visually very powerful. The simplicity and bold colours bring her work to life and allow us to question the thoughts of the youth. Jona said that her work is about the expressions of the subjects, not the boxing. She has also created a film to go with her photographs called Baby Faced Assassinwhich infuses her artwork with the community and will be shown in a local cinema.
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Billy Macrae, G20 Double Takes, 2014 © Billy Macrae

G20 Double Take

G20 Double Take by Billy Macrae is another stunning exhibition on show at the Open Eye Gallery. Billy’s unique technique exposes the violence from the street protests in 2009. The visual contrasts produced by his photographs are easy to appreciate and would otherwise be hard to imagine. Billy clearly knows how to produce clean photography and his work is bursting with visual excitement as well as relevant context for the festival.

Open Eye Gallery, 19 Mann Island, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK

Richard Ross, Orleans Parish Prison, New Orleans, Louisiana 2009. From the series Juvenile in Justice © Richard Ross.

Juvenile In Justice

Richard Ross‘ is, arguably, the most powerful display of photographs on show at the festival. Juvenile In Justice is displayed in its own encapsulating room in the Open Eye Gallery which completely absorbs you in his work. The exhibition is a collection of photographs of young juvenile in various facilities around America. The strong colours in his work bounce off the white walls of the room, forcing you to engage in the tragic story behind each image. Richard hides their faces to add a mystical element to his work and the clever curation of the exhibition leaves you in silence, surrounded by misunderstood juveniles.

Open Eye Gallery, 19 Mann Island, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK

Helen Marshall, Project Tobong, City Wall, Indonesia 2012 © Helen Marshall & Risang Yuwono

Project Tobong

Helen Marshall’s Project Tobong is arguably the most eye-catching material at LOOK/15. The exhibition evolves around the last remaining nomadic theatre troupe in Indonesia and Marshall brings together the hilarious facial expressions and eccentric fashion of the ancient Asian dancers, and the modern urban environment. This results in a bizarre series of photographs that grab hold of your imagination and force a smile to arise. There is also a degree of melancholy brought round by the dying art form of the dancers which engages you with Helen’s work.

Open Eye Gallery, 19 Mann Island, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK

Kiera Daley – Body parts for sale… Reasonable prices © Kiera Daley

Body parts for sale… Reasonable prices

Student Kiera Daley has used the remains of broken Barbie dolls to create a mutilation scene and a separate kinky bedroom display. The effects are dramatic and it represents a small snapshot of her mind. The work reflects her viewpoint on the new trend of radical feminism and how she spends her life in the comfort of her bed. The imagination and subject of her work fits with the spirit of LOOK/15.

Warp Gallery, Hurst Street, Liverpool, UK

Tricia Porter – Liverpool Photographs 1972-74 © Tricia Porter

Liverpool Photographs 1972-74

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© Julia Fullerton-Batten
Tricia Porter presents Liverpool Photographs 1972-74 at The Bluecoat gallery, which vividly portrays the way of life in the city almost half a century ago. The photographs have hardly been seen in 40 years and they allow us to look back with a smile despite the economic troubles of the time. The black and white photographs largely represent the working class and each of the small photographs has its own tale to tell and is the perfect addition to the community aspect of the festival.
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AOP photography awards

This showcase of award winning photography is hung in St George’s Hall and has heavy emphasis on the theme of women. Julia Fullerton-Batten’s work is very mysterious and hosts a very powerful appearance. The artwork is all hung facing each other down a long, narrow corridor and the curation of the photography allows each piece to feed off the energy of others.

St George’s Hall, Saint George’s Place, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK

Tony Mallon – If Only It Could Speak © Tom Mallon

If Only It Could Speak

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Max Pincker | Will They Sing Like Raindrops or Leave Me Thirsty?
Max Pincker | © Max Pincker
Tony Mallon’s work If Only It Could Speakfocuses on homelessness and explores how people treat the subject. Tony shows us what is left out or what is left behind in institutes of care. The particular piece that stands out is Tony’s photographs that cover the front of an old picture house in town. The pictures are off ex-residents’ belongings in a homeless hostel storeroom and although they are part of LOOK/15, they are also there as an attempt to save the derelict building it covers. The rest of Tony’s fascinating work is on display at the Foundation of Art and Creative Technology.
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Will They Sing Like Raindrops or Leave Me Thirsty?

This collection of work by Max Pinckers explores honour killings in India caused by the restrictions of love and marriage in the country. Max uses newspaper cuttings and striking photography to expose the tragic consequences of love to create a powerful real life story. The Love Commandos are a group of guys that aim to save young couples who have fallen in love from honour killing and Max’s photographs deliver a deeply emotional portrayal of modern society in India. St George’s Hall provides an almost spooky presence to the beautifully tragic story behind the work.

St George’s Hall, Saint George’s Place, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK

Louis Quail, Desk Job, Team Supervisor, Customer Service Representative, electricity and gas supplier, Berlin, Connecticut, USA 2007 © Louis Quail

Desk job

‘Social portraiture’ is the theme behind Louis Quail‘s work at the Open Eye Gallery and his ability to catch momentary facial expressions allows his work to connect with the audience. Louis focuses on American office workers to suggest a lack of identity in their small cubicle. This creates a powerful message and together with the clarity of the photographs, allow us to explore the emotions of the office workers.

Open Eye Gallery, 19 Mann Island, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK

By Shay Waterworth

These recommendations were updated on April 27, 2017 to keep your travel plans fresh.