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23 Feb 2010

International Polaroid Exhibition & Symposium in Cardiff

Mikael Kennedy, Untitled, 2009

Do I have to paint you a picture?


19 Feb - 03 April Wed - Sat 11 - 5 Free Entrance

Sam Perry
07732 228 119

Morgan Arcade
United Kingdom

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Do I have to paint you a picture? is an artist-led temporary artspace in the heart of Cardiff.

Throughout a six-week programme of lens-based exhibitions, a curatorial project will utilise a disused shop unit within one of the city's increasingly sparse (yet ornately beautiful) Victorian and Edwardian Arcades.

In response to photography's evolving technological and ideological complexities, Do I Have To Paint You A Picture? will aim to bring together disparate artists working in photographic and film media and to contextualize their work through an imaginative and inventive curatorial process. As we reach a period in time that may see the decline of quirky analogue techniques in photographic arts practice, the relationship between our new generation of lens-based practitioners and technologies of the past will spur the imagination of the project's curator. Highlighted artists include Daniel Gustav Cramer, Mikael Kennedy, Richard Bevan, Sean McFarland, Coutney Johnson and Rebecca Spooner each exhibiting excerpts from their extensive and acclaimed bodies of Polaroid photographs.

By creating exhibiting opportunities for artists in any stage of their career Do I Have To Paint You A Picture? aspires to contribute to the re-creation of the Welsh capital as an axis of activity and artistic excellence, providing an extensive resource facility for artists and art enthusiasts alongside unique exhibition and seminar programmes.

An accompanying one-day symposium will give artists, academics, arts professionals and members of the public the chance to engage in photographic theory, especially in relation to technologies and culture. Guest speakers include Dr Peter Buse, Cultural Theorist and Senior Lecturer at The University of Salford's School of English, Sociology, Politics and Contemporary History. Peter has written several published articles of high acclaim throughout his impressive career, many in which he has explored the cultural significance of Polaroid Photography.