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‘Black Female Identity & The African Spirit’

Panel discussion with Fòcas Body of Land artists Sekai Machache (Scotland) and Awuor Onyango (Kenya) moderated by Alberta Whittle.

Sat 15th September at Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow

Join artists Awuor Onyango (Kenya) and Sekai Machache (Scotland) at 3pm on Saturday 15th September at Street Level Photoworks to explore their collaboration Body of Land. From dances of death to ancient burial rites to Bruja – witches or healers – in the digital world, see their work to date and get an insight into their working process and what they have in store for us as part of Fòcas: Body of Land in 2019.

Body of Land is a new Art new Audiences (nAnA) grantee, supported through the British Council’s East Africa Arts programme. Produced by Fòcas Scotland and supported by Street Level Photoworks. Body of Land is a collaborative residency exchange between Scottish-Zimbabwean artist Sekai Machache and Kenyan artist Awuor Onyango.

More info on the event and Street Level Photoworks here.

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Previous Exhibitions I Events

FOCAS: DOCUMENT LAUNCH IN INDIA & SCOTLAND 

© Sandeep Dhopate

In 2017 Fòcas Scotland marked the 70th Anniversary of Indian Independence by commissioning six artists from India and Scotland to make new work exploring what connects us in today’s world. From Hannah Laycock’s tender document to intimacy as a person with MS to Sandeep Dhopate’s technicolour search for a new moral code to live by, these artists address what it is to be an individual in our highly networked – global – societies.

Their work – resonant, inventive, and heartfelt – reveals the diversity of stories that new artists tell through photography. Fòcas is proud to present Deepti Asthana, Gemma Dagger, Sandeep Dhopate, Kannagi Khanna, Hannah Laycock and Lucie Rachel, at Platform (Glasgow), and the National Institute of Design (Gandhinagar) from August.

Please join us on Friday 10th August at Design Gallery, National Institute of Design (Gandhinagar) and on Saturday 11th August at Platform (Glasgow) for the exhibition launch of Fòcas: Document.

Further details on both exhibitions below:

Platform, Glasgow (Scotland)
10 August – 9 September 
Opening Reception: Sat 11th Aug at 1pm (BST) 

Opening hours: 10am – 9pm daily

Design Gallery, NID, Gandhinagar (India)
10 August – 29  August
Opening Reception: Friday 10th August at 5pm (IST)

Opening hours:  4pm – 8pm daily

ARTISTS IN CONVERSATION – SEKAI MACHACHE & AWUOR ONYANG0

Artists in Conversation: Sekai Machache (Scotland) & Awuor Onyango (Kenya)
Venue: British Institue of Eastern Africa
Date & time:Thursday 17th May 5pm
ALL WELCOME

As part of Fòcas Scotland’s Body of Land programme, BIEA will be hosting two artist talks on Thursday 17th May at 5pm. Hear artists Sekai Machache (Scotland) and Awuor Onyango (Kenya) discuss their African identities as women both rooted in and displaced from Africa. From queer goddesses to sleeping spirits in digital form, see their work to date and get an insight into their collaborative process and what they have in store for us as part of the Fòcas: Body of Land exhibition in 2019.

Body of Land is a new Art new Audiences (nAnA) grantee, supported through the British Council’s East Africa Arts programme. Produced by Fòcas Scotland, Body of Land is a collaborative residency exchange between Scottish-Zimbabwean artist Sekai Machache and Kenyan artist Awuor Onyango.

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RESIDENT ARTIST TALK – SEKAI MACHACHE 

Resident Artist talk: Sekai Machache (Scotland)
Venue: Kuona Artist’s Collective
Date & time: Friday 11th May, 2pm
ALL WELCOME

As part of Fòcas Scotland’s Body of Land programme, Scottish Zimbabwean artist Sekai Machache will be artist in resident at the Kuona Artists’ Collective in Nairobi during May 2018. Join us at Kuona Artists Collective on Friday 11th May at 2pm to catch Sekai talk about her work exploring African diaspora in Scotland.

Body of Land is a new Art new Audiences (nAnA) grantee, supported through the British Council’s East Africa Arts programme. Produced by Fòcas Scotland, Body of Land is a collaborative residency exchange between Scottish-Zimbabwean artist Sekai Machache and Kenyan artist Awuor Onyango.

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INTRODUCING: BODY OF LAND

© Sekai Machache from the series ‘Kin’

Fòcas Scotland is delighted to announce that we have been awarded the new Art new Audiences (nAnA) grant, through the British Council’s East Africa Arts programme to produce Body of Land. Body of Land is a collaborative residency exchange between Scottish-Zimbabwean artist Sekai Machache and the Kenyan artist Awuor Onyango. Over the next 12 months, Machache and Onyango will explore stories that celebrate what binds and splits the body, spirit, land and social self across contemporary African femininities that are at once rooted and displaced. Please read more about our artists Machache and Onyango here.

A big thank you to British Council and our partners for their support, who include Street Level Photoworks,  Kuona Collective, The British Institute in Eastern Africa, 32° East and Many Studios. We are also delighted to share that we will be working with writers Tiffany Boyle and Kampire Bahana as part of the Fòcas: Body of Land programme.

We’ll be in touch with more details soon, but in the meantime you can read about the new Art new Audiences (nAnA) programme and see the work of our fellow grantees here.

© Awuor Onyango from the series ‘Makeda’ 2016

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PARDESI PROJECT WEBSITE LAUNCH

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Fòcas is collaborating with artist Basharat Khan to collect, map and celebrate stories of migration and settling among Scotland’s diverse South Asian communities. Pardesi Project reveals the global travels of Scots Asians and their forebears – discover their remarkable lives here.

FOCAS INDIA: DOCUMENT EXHIBITION AT FLOW PHOTOFEST, INVERNESS

© Harikrishna Katragadda

Fòcas is delighted to announce that Focas India: Document will be exhibited at Eden Court, Inverness as part of Flow Photofest. 

Exhibiting Artists are: Indranil Banerjee, Prarthna Singh, Sukanya Ghosh, Shuchi Kapoor, Harikrishna Katragadda, Tine Bek, Sandy Carson, John Farrell, Kotryna Ula Kiliulyte and Lucie Rachel.

Fòcas India: Document 
4th February – 4th March 2018
Eden Court Theatre, Inverness 

For more info, see here.

FOCAS INDIA: DOCUMENT SCREENING AT JUST ANOTHER PHOTO FESTIVAL, KOLKATA

© Courtesy of JAPF

Fòcas India: Document 
Outdoor Projections
21st – 24th December 2017
Various locations across Kolkata, India

Fòcas is excited to be part of Just Another Photo Festival 2017, a grassroots platform that brings photography to diverse communities across India, from the banks of the Ganges to rural villages and the blue collar districts of the nation’s biggest cities. 

Exhibiting Artists are: Indranil Banerjee, Prarthna Singh, Sukanya Ghosh, Shuchi Kapoor, Harikrishna Katragadda, Tine Bek, Sandy Carson, John Farrell, Kotryna Ula Kiliulyte, Lucie Rachel, Gemma Dagger, Hannah Laycock, Deepti Asthana, Sandeep Dhopate and Kannagi Khanna.

Read our interview with JAPF’s co-founder and director CJ Clarke here. 

Find our more about JAPF’s exciting programme here.

FOCAS INDIA: DOCUMENT EXHIBITION AT FOTOSPACE GALLERY, GLENROTHES

© Harikrishna Katragadda

Fòcas is delighted to announce that Focas India: Document will be exhibited at FOTOSPACE Gallery in Glen Rothes, Scotland.

Exhibiting Artists are: Indranil Banerjee, Prarthna Singh, Sukanya Ghosh, Shuchi Kapoor, Harikrishna Katragadda, Tine Bek, Sandy Carson, John Farrell, Kotryna Ula Kiliulyte and Lucie Rachel.

Fòcas India: Document 
20th November 2017 – 20th January 2018
FOTOSPACE Gallery, Rothes Halls, Glenrothes 

For more info, see here.

FOCAS INDIA: DOCUMENT SHORTLIST SCREENING AT KALINKA GALLERY, PONDICHERRY 

© Louise Kennedy

Fòcas India: Document Shortlist 

Screening Event
Friday 8th December 2017
Time: 7pm
Kalinka Art Gallery, 14, Bazar Saint-Laurent Street,
605001 Pondicherry

Fòcas is pleased to announce that in partnership with Pondy Art and Kalinka Art Gallery, there will be a public screening of the Fòcas India: Document exhibition featuring the 30 artists shortlisted by our jury for the Fòcas India: Document programme. Together, these artists offer a broad audience diverse visions and stories from India and Scotland.

The screening event will be followed by a panel discussion with guest speakers exploring the photographers approach to documenting the social, political and personal.

For more information on the featured photographers, see here. For more information on this event, see here.

DIGITAL COMMISSIONS MENTOR: TANVI MISHRA JOINS FOCAS INDIA TEAM

Image clockwise: Commissioned artsits © Lucie Rachel © Deepti Asthana © Sandeep Dhopate
© Hannah Laycock © Gemma Dagger © Kannagi Khanna

Fòcas would like to welcome artist, curator and writer Tanvi Mishra to the Fòcas India team. As part of the Fòcas India 2017-2018 Programme and in partnership with British Council Scotland, six artists have been commissioned to make new work for a group exhibition in 2018. Tanvi will be lead mentor in the collaboration, please look out for an interview with her on our journal next week.

FOCAS INDIA: DOCUMENT EXHIBITION AT INDIAN PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL 

© Shuchi Kapoor

Focas is delighted to announce that Focas India: Document will show as part of the Indian Photography Festival in Hyderabad this year.

Exhibiting Artists are: Indranil Banerjee, Prarthna Singh, Sukanya Ghosh, Shuchi Kapoor, Harikrishna Katragadda, Tine Bek, Sandy Carson, John Farrell, Kotryna Ula Kiliulyte and Lucie Rachel.

To view Indian Photography Festival’s exciting programme of exhibitions and events, see here.  

Fòcas India: Document 
21st September – 8th October 2017
Shrishti Art Gallery, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad

More info here.

FOCAS INDIA: DOCUMENT SHORTLIST SCREENING AT SACAC, NEW DELHI

© Sandeep Dhopate

Fòcas India: Document Shortlist 
Screening Event 
Monday 11th Sept 2017
Time: 6pm
Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts & Communication (SACAC)
Auditorium of Sri Aurobindo Society Campus, Adhichini, Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg  
New Delhi 110017

Focas are delighted that New Delhi’s SACAC will host a public screening featuring the 30 artists shortlisted by our jury for the Focas India: Document programme. Together, these artists offer a broad audience diverse visions and stories from India and Scotland. For more information on the featured photographers, see here. For more information on this event, see here

FOCAS INDIA: DOCUMENT LAUNCH IN INDIA & SCOTLAND

Fòcas India celebrates emerging photography from Scotland and India. In partnership with National Institute of Design and Street Level Photoworks, Fòcas will be premiering the works of ten artists from India and Scotland who were selected through the Fòcas India: Document open call by an international Jury

Across genres including documentary, portraiture and landscape, Fòcas India: Document reveals universal and unexpected stories from India and Scotland.

Exhibiting Artists: Indranil Banerjee, Prarthna Singh, Sukanya Ghosh, Shuchi Kapoor, Harikrishna Katragadda, Tine Bek, Sandy Carson, John Farrell, Kotryna Ula Kiliulyte and Lucie Rachel.

Fòcas India: Document Exhibition
31st August – 23th September 2017
103 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HD

More info here.

Fòcas India: Document Exhibition
31st August – 15th September 2017
Design Gallery, NID P.G Campus, Gandhinagar 

More info here.

FOCAS SCOTLAND: PORTFOLIO EXHIBITION AT ST ANDREWS

© Hannah Laycock

St Andrews Photography Festival are spotlighting the portfolios of Focas India commissioned artists Gemma Dagger, Hannah Laycock and Lucie Rachel at the Adamson Cocktail Bar in St. Andrews. Gemma, Hannah and Lucie were selected by our jury for commissions supported by the British Council and Creative Scotland to make new work which will tour, with a print publication, in 2018.

Focas Scotland – pop-up portfolios at St Andrews Photography Festival
1st September – 30th September 2017
The Adamson Cocktail Bar, South Street, St Andrews

More info here.

FOCAS INDIA: DOCUMENT SHORTLIST AT AN LANNTAIR, ISLE OF LEWIS

© Matt McGarr

Fòcas India celebrates emerging photography from Scotland and India. As part of An Lanntair’s Pu­rvai Festival, Fòcas will be showcasing the works of thirty artists from India and Scotland who were shortlisted through the Fòcas India: Document open call. View our shortlisted artists here. 

Fòcas India Document: Shortlist Exhibition 
7th August – 29th September 2017
Upstairs Gallery, An Lanntair Arts Centre

More info here.

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