Melanie Manchot: Whitechapel Gallery

In art|BOOK on January 26, 2010 at 1:29 pm

This month, the Whitechapel Gallery will be showing a new film created by Melanie Manchot, Celebration (Cyprus Street).

The film is part of the Gallery Education Programme which comissions artists and explores the idea of a relationship between the gallery and public spaces.

In Celebration (Cyprus Street), Manchot takes a closer look into the ideas of individual and collective identity in Cyprus Street, East London. Working with the street’s residents, she has captured moments of the event with single tracking shots that gather the crowd together in front of the camera.

The film is a creative manipulation of still and moving images and works around the idea of a group portrait. Through playing with different images, Manchot creates and dissolves groups, raising questions of what it is like to be part of different communities.

Manchot’s film will be shown in conjunction with a range of her photographs, documenting archive footage as well as pictures taken on Cyprus Street.

Celebration (Cyprus Street) will be showing at Gallery 5/6, Whitechapel Gallery, from 13 Jan 2010 to 14 March 2010

BOOKlet Meets: Marina Sturino

In art|BOOK on January 14, 2010 at 11:01 pm


Flamenco (2008, Marina Sturino)

Capturing dance in its most beautiful form, Marina Sturino (b.1967) is a performing-arts-loving amateur photographer.

With a history of working on productions including FadoMeu (2005), Sturino’s passion for framing moments of a performance is only getting bigger.

When BOOKlet met Marina Sturino, we learned about her work with innovative choreographer Wiebe Moeys, her love for Imogen Cunningham and the dream she never fulfilled.

When did you begin your career as a photographer?

Mid-December, 2005.  Wiebe Moeys was working on his production, FadoMeu, for the Teatro delle Erbe in Milan. I took my first photos during rehearsals using his digital camera.

What inspires you about photography?

Dance in action. Musicians during concerts.  Babies at their first stage performance.  Some of my best photos aren’t published on the internet, as their subjects are babies and I want to respect their privacy.

Why is dance the central theme of your artwork?

I have been an amateur dancer since I was 17 and I have no intention to quit. I never had the possibility to study as a dancer, so working with professional dancers with my camera helps me to overcome my unfulfilled dream.

Tell  me more about Give More Hugs (2006).

One morning, Wiebe Moeys and I (plus dancers) met in a small theatre to work on the promotion of his dance company (Wiebe Moeys Dance Project).  Give More Hugs is the photograph that I took while he attempted to make human sculptures with five dancers.

What do you want people to feel when they see your photographs?

My love for dance and the performing arts.

What makes a good artist?

The ability to create artwork that calls forth emotion in the beholder.

Who is your favourite photographer?

Robert Mapplethorpe or Imogen Cunningham. In particular, I love Cunningham’s photos of the choreographer, Martha Graham.

How has Italian culture influenced your photography?

My Italian culture doesn’t influence my work. I’ve worked with Dutch choreographers who have danced throughout Europe and the USA. My favourite photographers, dancers and choreographers aren’t even Italian.

Describe your personality in five words.

Emotional, stubborn, honest, genuine, crazy.

Describe your photography in one word.


South Bank Show: The Nominees

In art|BOOK on January 10, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Being Human, TV Drama Nominee

Although this year’s South Bank Show will be the last of many, the selection of nominees for the 2010 event has continued to be impressive, reflecting the,  “range covered by The South Bank Show over the years”.

The awards will be presented by Melvyn Bragg on the 26 January at  a London ceremony and cover a diverse set of categories, from visual arts to dance.

And here are the nominees……

Classical Music:

City of Dreams: Vienna 1900-35

Nielsen Inextinguishable

Easter reflections


Home Time

The Inbetweeners

The Thick of it



Emc2 (David Bintley)

Limen (Wayne McGregor)


An Education

Fish Tank

The Damned United


Forest Gate (Peter Akinti)

The Little Stranger (Sarah Waters)

The Quickening Maze (Adam Foulds)


Florence and the Machine


The xx


A Streetcar Named Desire


The Habit of Art

TV Drama

Being Human


Red Riding

Visual Arts

Richard Long (Tate Britain)

Roger Hiorns (Seizure)

Anish Kapoor (RA)