AboutDiffusion is a new biennial photography festival staged in Cardiff, Wales' capital city, showcasing outstanding photographic work from around the world, and providing a major new platform for Welsh artists. The festival will use both traditional and new media to create a strong visual presence across existing venues and found spaces.
And Where are We Now? was the question we asked artists, cultural producers, curators and programmers to address with their contributions to Diffusion 2013. Festival highlights include the world premiere of award-winning filmmaker Gideon Koppel's B O R T H and Lure, a major exhibition of new work by Helen Sear, another of Wales' most important and insightful artists. But it's not late, it's only dark will be Italian artist Maurizio Anzeri's first solo exhibition in Wales, featuring previously unseen works alongside his famous âphoto-sculptural' pieces.
Acclaimed Portuguese artist Edgar Martins presents his recent project The Time Machine, and camera-less photography is represented by Swiss artists f&d cartier's intriguing installation Wait and See. Peter Bobby's High-rise uses photography and video to critique the global phenomenon of high-rise architecture, questioning its relationship to the city below. The exhibition Drift at the National Museum Cardiff includes three films by artist Tim Davies made in response to his invitation to represent Wales at the Venice Biennale in 2011.
The Valleys Re-Presented explores the relationship between image, myth and location, and includes classic work by renowned photographers such as David Bailey, Bruce Gilden, Peter Fraser and John Davies alongside newly commissioned projects by Zhao Renhui and Alicia Bruce. European Chronicles features a number of solo projects by artists from across Europe highlighting how photography, arguably the world's most democratic and visible medium, enables us to record contemporary life as lived, and to imagine a new, future-oriented European identity. See diffusionfestival.org for the full exhibitions programme including all of these projects and more.
The festival Opening Week, 1 5 May, sees exhibitions and events across the city, including a symposium at the National Museum Cardiff looking at the status and meaning of the photograph in contemporary visual culture, with a keynote address by internationally renowned artist Richard Wentworth. Throughout the month there will be free exhibitions, artist talks and workshops, schools' programmes and photographic rambles around the city. The Diffusion Publishing Weekend takes place over 25 26 May, with a Photo Book Fair, symposium and other activities including the popular mass participatory event Cardiff Photomarathon.
Diffusion is a Ffotogallery initiative funded by Arts Council of Wales and Welsh Government and made possible through the generous support and partnership of a number of organisations.