Bridging the Distance

Wednesday 6 October – Monday 18 October 2021

A group exhibition by international photography, moving image, and lens-related artists, Bridging the Distance re-evaluates photography’s ability to draw us close to the feelings, concerns, and lived experiences of those who exist beyond our own immediate physical, political, and cultural spaces.

Bridging the Distance responds to the diversity of viewpoints found across the membership of the group as a microcosm of a wider diversity. This approach aims to collapse traditional hierarchies and initiates a levelling of the distinctions between theory and practice. It suggests the power and immediacy of photography to bridge the distances between perspectives. The works will manifest these ideas through studies that span notions of place and interactions, including between environment, portraiture, surveillance and resistance.

The collaborative spirit of the Ph Network is amplified by a collaboration with the iconic Four Corners in East London, a space for radical filmmaking and photography for nearly half a century. Held in the gallery at Four Corners in October 2021, the exhibition will include visual and text works from several Ph members, an archives workshop for young people and a public discussion. We create this space for an open dialogue on photography to invite a bridging of distances. We hope to work with everyone that we can reach through the proposed collaboration. Contributors include experienced, exhibiting practitioners, curators, educators and activists.