Posts Tagged: Photography

Meet Ally Standing: Forward Artist

Ahead of the opening of Forward: New Art from Birmingham, artist Ally Standing talks to Ikon about her art practice, what she’s exhibiting and her thoughts on being an artist in Birmingham. The first in a series of blog posts – stay tuned to hear more from artists participating in Forward. A series of artist video interviews,… Read more »

A visit to West Midlands Police Museum

By Pete James, independent photographic historian and curator Earlier this month I had the opportunity to fulfill a long-held ambition – I finally got to see the collodion positive portraits of criminals in the West Midlands Police Museum. The opportunity to view these amazing objects came through an invitation to deliver a talk in response to… Read more »

Connections by Mahtab Hussain

By Mahtab Hussain, Ikon Slow Boat artist-in-residence  Last month, I was hugely fortunate to have been given the opportunity to spend time at Ladywood Health and Community Centre where I met local residents who were, not only connected to the centre, but also to the towers nearby. I was interested in the towers because for two years… Read more »

IYP Darkroom Workshop

By Saffiyah Khan, Ikon Youth Programme member In light of Janet Mendelsohn’s recent Varna Road exhibition, 12 members of the IYP (Ikon Youth Programme) took part in a darkroom workshop with film photographer, Effy Harle. The aim of the workshop was to experiment with 35mm film techniques used by Mendelsohn during the late 1960s. However,… Read more »

Balsall Heath Instameet

By Annabell Lamba from IGersBirmingham A very special Instameet took place on 5 March 2016 in collaboration with Ikon, where 50 members of the IGersBirmingham community descended on Balsall Heath, to take pictures inspired by the photographs taken in the area by Janet Mendelsohn during the 1960s. Mendelsohn’s photographs document the everyday stories of life… Read more »

Exhibition review

By Carmen, Ikon Youth Programme member Set across three different rooms, the work of Dinh Q. Lê, Janet Mendelsohn and Kelly Mark is as diverse as it is connected. All three exhibitions focus on the contrasting relationship between the individual and the space they inhabit; whether this be natural, urban or psychological. Changing from a… Read more »


This was the first solo exhibition of work in the UK by Japanese artist Noguchi Rika. Consisting of three photographic series, it exemplified the artist’s distinct vision of our world as an alien place. Significantly Noguchi does not manipulate her images, either through direction of her subjects or through darkroom processes, insisting that what she… Read more »

Lost Time

The first UK exhibition of work by Palestinian artist Ahlam Shibli. The exhibition included three series of photographs in various formats, depicting ordinary Palestinian lives in extraordinary circumstances under Israeli occupation. Shibli’s work aspires to a straightforward communication of daily life, paradoxically rarely seen. Unrecognised focuses on ‘Arab al Na’im, a village in the Galilee… Read more »

Felix, June 5th 1994

Together with Felix Partz and Jorge Zontal, as part of the acclaimed group General Idea, Canadian artist AA Bronson has exhibited throughout the world for more than thirty years. This was his first solo exhibition in the UK and  consist ed of only one work, his portrait Felix, June 5th, 1994. Bronson’s vast photograph, taken… Read more »

Stacked Hotel Room

Part of an ongoing series, Stacked Hotel Room No. 10, 2002 involved the reorganisation of a hotel room interior done in private, only visible subsequently through photographs and video documentation. The coalescence of fixtures and fittings into a sculptural assemblage, to return to the order enjoyed by these objects before the artists’ occupancy, raises vital… Read more »

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