[Text by Louise Clements]
The premier of a new exhibition and publication co-produced by Slideluck London, FORMAT International Photography Festival and QUAD opened this Saturday 15th March! Titled Hungry Still, the exhibition has been co-curated by Slideluck London’s Maria Teresa Salvati, Federica Chiocchetti and QUAD/FORMAT’s Louise Clements, showcasing twenty four of the best international photographers presenting multimedia photo stories featuring incredible images and narratives from all over the world. Slideshows by the 24 artists have been installed on screens in QUAD Gallery, a centre for contemporary art and film in Derby UK complemented by a special programme of events featuring talks, workshops and recipes relating to the concepts and stories behind the locations and content of the slideshows. For the launch guests enjoyed tasting some wonderful delicacies from the book such as photographer Catrine Val’s Hearty Vegetable Pie and Raphael Arocha’s confidence boosting Gin and Tonic, along with delicious Brooklyn Brewery Beers! Slideluck London, QUAD and FORMAT have also collaborated on a beautiful new publication designed by Akina Factory which features images from each of the photographers, anecdotes and recipes contained in over 200 pages. It is a brilliant and unusual photo cookbook that is already selling like hotcakes! Buy it here.
The exhibiting photographers have been selected from the last 6 years of Slideluck London editions and include: Alexander Aksakov, Alfonso Almendros, Rafael Arocha, Poulomi Basu, Jean-Marc Caimi, Arantxa Cedillo, Pierfrancesco Celada, Joanna Chudy, Cristina De Middel, Peter Di Campo, Carolyn Drake, Shiho Fukada, Sophie Gerrard, Laura Hynd, Alvaro Laiz, Sebastian Liste, Aaron Schuman, Bryan Schutmaat, Fan Shi San, Ian Teh, Phillip Toledano, Catrine Val, Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb. The exhibition is part of and supported by the FORMAT International Photography Festival off-year programme; if you are in Derby between now and mid-May be sure to check out the scheduled events.
[Photos by Oscar Ciutat]
[Words by Albert Such]
Friday March 7th was the date for the 8th Slideluck Edition in Barcelona. For the fourth consecutive year, we organized it in collaboration with the Centre Civic Pati Llimona, and their yearly photography festival Enfocats 2014.
We had a panic moment in the morning when we heard the news that there had been a power cut in the Pati Llimona and all the surrounding area, but things went back to normal, and by the afternoon everything was ready for the show…
The evening program started with a presentation of the Revela Photo Prize organized by Can Baste. An interesting concept: a competition dedicated to social documentary photography where the amount of the prize is not awarded to the winning photographer, but to a NGO that works on the social problems documented in the winning project.
After the presentation, and the short introduction from the Slideluck Barcelona team, we started the slideshow. This year, the call for submissions was a big success, so we had really good material to select from and, although we had to take some difficult decisions, we had settled on showing 16 very powerful works from all kind of photographic styles and genres.
And then, the best part started… (As you may know if you have read previous write-ups from Barcelona, we have done a little change to the usual Slideluck program: to cope with the strange Spanish habits of having very late dinner, we have the dinner party after the slideshow).
We enjoyed the delicious food that was brought by the attendants (from the staple spanish omelette to Indian pulao), with two different varieties of Brookyn Beer: Lager and Pilsner. The dinner and conversation went on for a couple of hours.
[Text and Photos by Sara Hopkins]
One chilly October night, people bustled into Fay Gold Gallery and the Westside Cultural Arts Center in Atlanta. As the guests began to warm up, it was undeniable: excitement was rising, that night they would be celebrating the 15th anniversary of Atlanta Celebrates Photography in style.
The night began with potluck tables set in the midst of an exhibition. As they dined on sweet and savory treats and visited the bar stocked with Brooklyn Brewery’s finest, guests perused the Gallery’s exhibition highlighting the world’s greatest street and graffiti artists. #Weloveatl, a local group of phone photographers that use social media to share their work and organize gatherings, had also made prints and hung them on the walls so those clustering around them could experience the many sides of Atlanta. When it came time for the night’s culminating slideshow, people scooped up the last of the potluck dishes and took their seats surrounding the white screen centered in the main room. Anticipation grew for the start of the Slideluck Atlanta show as the lights dimmed. A few words were said to introduce Slideluck Atlanta, and then show of local and international artist rolled on.
[Text and Photos by Casey Kelbaugh]
On a warm, sultry evening in Wynwood, a diverse group of Miamians gathered in the palm tree garden behind Gramps Bar for the final event Mash event of 2013 and the launch of Slideluck Miami. It was a sizzling sexpot of an event.
Brooklyn Pilsner poured like manna from heaven. Kids frolicked freely in the sand. Once in a while, people spoke in English. Many of the graffiti artists that made Wynwood Wynwood were in the house.
The potluck got real when the Design District’s hottest new restaurant, The District, donated a $250 for the best dish. After great deliberation, the grand prize was split in two and awarded to Leo Valencia for his Ceviche Cups and Alice Pedroletti for her Naked Frittata. The slideshow featured 26 local artists and four wild cards from around the globe.
The cream on top was when Slideluck Miami Director, Ruben Millares, got up on stage with his band Chicken Liquor and rocked the damn house. Before long, another member of the team, Antonia Wright, got up on stage to thrash about and bang on a tambourine.
It was at that point, that I said to the elderly person next to me: I’M IN MIAMI, BITCH!
[Text by Casey Kelbaugh]
[Photos by Winston Struye and Yasmine Beckley]
Our fundraiser at Domingo Zapata’s studio in New York City on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 was a grand success! With the help of Christie’s Emerging Collectors and hundreds of donors, we raised $70,000 for Slideluck and the Slideluck Youth Initiative! It was an amazing night for this organization and we are very grateful for all those that contributed.
The evening began with a cocktail reception in the parlor, some lovely and familiar tunes being played on the Steinway. This was followed by a lavish Spanish dinner for 28 people prepared by Calva. After Domingo made an appeal to sell some of the work right off his walls, things heated up quickly. One guest, Veronica Wong, walked out of the fray with 4 paintings for a song – an expensive song – and one that helped us make it halfway to our goal in one fell swoop! A lively party for another 150 guests or so followed. Domingo did a live-action edible painting on a large white cake, many a beer was consumed, more art was purchased, more funds raised, and the sounds of spontaneous piano and guitar jams carried on until early in the morning. Oh, and everyone got laid.
[Text by Jen Plaskowitz]
Monday night 30-some people gathered two by two inside The Living Gallery in Bushwick for the closing of Slideluck artist Phoenix Lindsey-Hall’s solo-exhibit, Flame Tempered. Inside they were greeted by smiling faces, the smell of warm soup, a projector screen, and a looming tumble of suspended ceramic baseball bats.
Back in July, when Slideluck Global was moving into its new home at Sandbox Studio Brooklyn, Slideluck began a collaboration with The Living Gallery that would allow one of the 26 Bushwick-area artists who participated in the Slideluck Bushwick II to have a one week solo show within the art space. On the night of the event it was Phoenix’s work that was selected by an audience poll and the show was announced officially a few weeks later.
Monday’s closing reception was the culmination of the collaboration. Slideluck regulars would recognize the signature red tablecloths laden with delicious home cooked dishes, and the groups of friends talking over Brooklyn Brewery bottles. As we chatted and dined, eyes were drawn to the ceramic sculptures that lined the walls, each one twisted and bent.
Although she was trained as a photographer, Phoenix’s current body of work, ‘After Kemf’ is ceramic. The pieces in the series are each based on a specific LGBT hate crime. As Phoenix explained in her artist talk, the objects are all of domestic objects, the most common in such crimes. Taken from their moulds’ early, she takes their pristine forms and significantly alters them with her hands, recreating the violent actions that they were derived from. At the center of the exhibition was the namesake piece, Flame Tempered, a tangle of curved and swooping bats. This beautiful and delicate installation was based off an incident that happened a few blocks from The Living Gallery in 2008.
Perhaps to lighten the mood after her artist talk, Phoenix chose to screen the cult classic documentary “Paris is Burning” for The Living Gallery’s movie night. The film thoughtfully and at times humorlessly explores sexuality, class, and gender relations, and documents the end of the “Golden Age” of New York drag ball culture in the mid-to late 80’s.
After the screening people stuck around for a few more beers and a lot more mingling. Something had changed over the course of the evening: before we had been strangers, talking mostly with friends. Now we were mingling freely, discussing the art and the documentary, how both resonated with our experiences, fashions, housing situations, and rumors of where the next ball would be. When The Living Gallery shut its doors at 11, everyone left with new friends, and I had a refreshed feeling of the community building power of Slideluck.
Slideluck Lehigh Valley III was held on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at the ArtsQuest Center in Bethlehem, PA during the Olympus InVision Photo Festival. The backdrop was the spectacular Blast Furnace of the former Bethlehem Steel plant, which has been redeveloped as SteelStacks, an arts and entertainment venue for the community. Olympus, the title sponsor, has its headquarters for North and South America in nearby Center Valley.
Over 160 professionals and photography buffs attended Slideluck Lehigh Valley III. The Slideluck show featured the work of local artists, Olympus Visionaries and Trailblazers, and “Best of” shows from recent Slidelucks. The lively show drew appreciative applause for each segment. All featured Slideluck artists who attended were invited up on stage to take a bow at the end of the show.
The food was delicious and the beer was flowing, thanks to the generous donation from Brooklyn Brewery. Pennsylvanians know their beer and they drank up every drop of Brooklyn Lager and Brooklyn Brown Ale. What could be better than great photography, great camaraderie and great (free) beer?
Mr. Nacho Abea, CEO of Olympus America Inc., was in attendance and made brief remarks. A bonus was a performance by Peripheral Vision, the Olympus corporate band. The band was just back from its appearance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland as one of eight finalists in Fortune’s “Battle of the Corporate Bands.”
Janice Lipzin, Director of Visual Arts & Education at ArtsQuest, and her staff pulled off another fantastic Festival, with Slideluck as a key ingredient. The local curating team of Jane Noel, Dave Rehrig and Dave Willard reviewed dozens of Slideluck submissions. Special thanks to Jen Plaskowitz and Mesha Bhansali from Slideluck Global who produced the show and came to Bethlehem to join the festivities. We love you, Slideluck, Brooklyn Brewery, and Viewbook. See you again next year!
[Text by Tina Mohns and Curtis M. Davey]
[Photos by Heather Renney]
On an usually clear and quiet Sunday night, over a hundred people came together at Performance Works Theatre on Granville Island for Slideluck Vancouver II, in association with the inaugural Capture Photo Festival.
The second edition of Slideluck Vancouver saw some drastic changes and innovative initiatives including a new venue, new partners and the introduction of community cooking workshops hosted by a new breed of local food businesses – Brown Paper Packages, Nice Pops YVR and the Woodland Smokehouse.
Although we suffered a few setbacks, such as our commissary kitchen burning down in the wee hours of the morning before the event, the community and our partners stepped up and Slideluck Vancouver II went off without a hitch.
We dined on delicious dishes from our partners, Potluck Cafe & Catering and Seasons In The Park restaurant, and we raised several hundred dollars for our community partners. The lineup for desserts from Brown Paper Packages and Nice Pops YVR seemed endless but was well worth the wait.
The atmosphere was west-coast casual as guests mingled from table to table while enjoying wine from Chile and New Zealand and Brooklyn Brewery beers, especially the Brown Ale. Some guests walked away with some serious swag as we had several two and three time winners in our raffle draw.
DJ Aimee Hawker spun some sweet, soulful tunes as the last slideshow finished and guests began exiting in preparation for another work week. Stopping on the way out to thank the amazing volunteers and to tell us over and over again how much they enjoyed it and look forward to the next edition.