News, updates and events – Bhopal: Facing 30 book coming soon
Image from the Bhopal: Facing 30 book © Francesca Moore
It’s a very long while since the last post, as for the past few weeks I’ve been rather obsessively working on the Bhopal: Facing 30 book, which I’m very pleased to say has just gone to print. In the meantime, a lot of exiting things have happened, and the diary has started filling up with forthcoming events (listed below) that I’d like to share with you.
As was always planned, I’ll be holding a series of talks and events to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Bhopal disaster, and to share the Bhopal: Facing 30 book that contains a series of formal family portraits of the families that live around the Union Carbide wall in Bhopal, as well as a series of images of the wall itself, to reveal the site as it is today.
Aside from these events, I have now been offered two major London exhibitions as a result of the project’s success and my partnership with the Bhopal Medical Appeal; One is a month long exhibition at Amnesty International’s Headquarters in Shoreditch, and the other at City Hall’s 2nd floor Chamber Lobby. Both being fantastic opportunities to allow people to view the work, and in a way to let the people of Bhopal register their own dignity and resilience to a wider audience, and to further highlight the need for justice in Bhopal.
There’s just one hitch. These exhibitions will be costly to produce, but very worth it. As such, I have submitted another funding application to Arts Council England in order to fund the printing and mounting of these images, to be exhibited simultaneously in two fantastic locations to commemorate the 30th anniversary. Fingers crossed for the application’s success, as these exhibitions are dependent on further support. If, however, the application is unsuccessful I will be launching a Kickstarter campaign for a chance to go ahead with the exhibitions as planned, so I will appreciate any support by sharing the campaign, either by sharing the blog posts or via social media. Producing exhibition materials will not just be beneficial to these exhibitions, the project has a real longevity about it and a series of exhibition prints will provide added value for the future – I even have an exhibition lined up next Autumn at Photofusion, Brixton, where the same prints will be shown again, reaching new audiences.
Aside from two exciting new exhibitions on the horizon, Bhopal: Facing 30 has received Special Commendations for the Nick Reeves Award for Arts and the Environment, in recognition of an outstanding contribution in the field of environmental arts. A portrait was also shortlisted to the final 200 images for the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize – and sadly out of the 4,193 images submitted, only 60 were selected for exhibition.
The three images submitted to Taylor Wessing are now on their way to the Netherlands, where I’ve been invited by Amnesty International NL to talk at the India Film Festival, The Hague, later this week after a film screening of the much anticipated Bhopal: A Prayer For Rain, directed by Ravi Kumar. You can watch the official trailer here:
After a long hard slog, a complete re-design fairly late on thanks to some helpful criticisms from Gordon MacDonald – one half of GOST books, the distressing scenario of a corrupted file on the books final back up, and a lot of sleepless nights, the book is finally done. It’s been checked, re-checked and checked again, and now it’s gone to press.
More details about the book, and how to get hold of a copy, to come soon.
I would love to see you at any events local to you, so please save some dates for the following;
24th Oct 2014 – Talk at Filmhuis for the India Film Festival, The Hague (See: http://indianfilmfestival.nl/2014-culturele-programma/)
13th Nov 2014 – Book Launch at Photofusion, Brixton, 18:30 – 20:30, with an artists talk commencing at 19:30 (See: http://www.photofusion.org/book-launch-bhopal-facing-30/)
17th Nov 2014 – Exhibition Launch at Amnesty International UK, Shoreditch (Further information coming soon)
19th Nov 2014 – Talk at Housmans Bookshop, Kings Cross, 19:00 (see: http://www.housmans.com/events.php)
21st Nov 2014 – Exhibition opens at City Hall, 21 – 28 November (Further information coming soon)
28th Nov 2014 – Talk at Tetley Gallery, Leeds, as part of the Post Colonial Disaster Conference (See: http://postcolonialdisaster.com/conference/)