Brighton Photo Biennial announces 2016 programme

The Smarteez, Joburg style battles series 2012 © Daniele Tamagn.

The Smarteez, Joburg style battles series 2012 © Daniele Tamagn.

For its seventh edition, taking place from 1-30 October, Brighton Photo Biennial sets out to explore understandings of identity and representation – our personal and projected image – as influenced by the pervasive genre of fashion and style photography.

Beyond the Bias – Reshaping Image, explores photography’s role in defining and informing our understanding of subjects such as: gender and sexuality, the representation of the body, the politics of style, subcultures and the subversion of social and cultural norms.

Identity and self-representation are explored in relation to the wider context of mass-representation; where self-image and attitude are often co-opted. Including work from documentary photographers and photographic approaches that knowingly reference the language of fashion and style photography, BPB16 unpicks understandings of image and self-image in relation to society.

At the core of BPB16 are three major exhibition projects, a European premiere of a show from the USA, as well as two new commissions; one centered on British Youth Style, the other a UK/India collaboration exploring sexuality and identity.

These three projects are the impetus for a textured programme of companion presentations and are enriched by a live events and digital programme, devised to throw a light on key aspects of the ideas raised by the festival.

The full BPB16 events programme, will be online soon with a packed calendar of talks and events, screenings, workshops, professional development opportunities, tours, activities for young people and families.