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When a season ends, get ready for the next one!!

Well, it’s been a busy and exciting season for us and we hope for you too. Seven sessions here in Bristol, 2 in London as well as 4 collaboration in Spain. Plus our Pics & Plot group collaboration as part of Bristol Festival of Photography in May of this year and the recent talks by Brenda Ann Kenneally and Robert Knoth. We’ve had over 60 participants from 15 countries, with works looking at modern China, competitive pigeon breeding in Spain, family and marriage, expressions of national pride and communities in far flung places and closer to home. Overall the spirit of storytelling that Instant Coffees embodies has been incredibly well represented and really heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who has been involved in making it possible, participants, curators, designers, lecturers, sponsors and of course our audience.

Now, it is time to think about and get ready new ideas for the next season, there will be surprises and we will let you know soon.

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In the meantime, we have published our last catalogue with the highlights of our seventh season including a fantastic essay of Gavin Maitland, ‘These Museumy Emblems of Others’: Against the Colonial Museum, Toward Commemoration. writing about photography archives as alive museums:

“Literal museums and figurative: without walls (ambiguous and permeable anyway), or with. …Books read as a museum (some of them resigned  to be, some not; rituals enacted as a museum. Cities. Experience itself as a museum…” 

We also have a selection of photographers who were showing a great variety of multimedia pieces such as Alicia Carfrae, Cristina de Middel, Jordi Ruiz, Maxim Dondyuk, Rajan Zaveri, Jim Mortram and Supay Fotos. Please check them out, it will be worth it.

Thanks again for your interest and collaboration with Instant Coffees, enjoy the rest of the summer!!

Session 7. Instant Coffees Line up!!

We are glad to announce our line up for our next session of Instant Coffees-photography screening. We are also excited to invite Gavin Maitland who will give a talk about a local story, The Bamboo Club.

For Instant Coffees, Maitland will be sharing his research into the history of the Bamboo Club, Bristol’s first West-Indian social club located in St. Paul’s from 1966 – 1977. The fragmentary archive of which serves as a visual legacy to the history of West Indian culture in Bristol at a time of great cultural and political upheaval in the UK. Maitland will highlight the importance of employing different approaches in order to conduct historical research, arguing that considerations such as the ephemeral nature of the photograph may lead to an appreciation of its social, commercial and/or industrial life prior to its internment within the archive.

Gavin Maitland is a curator, archivist and photo-historian. He currently works in archives of Christies and the Victoria and Albert Museum and previously attended Glasgow School of Art, NSCAD in Nova Scotia and most recently DeMontfort University in Leicester. He writes about the social and geographic (mis)representation of maligned cultures through photography’s varying histories.

This is the line up for our 7th edition of Instant Coffees:

  • Mona Simon (VEA Collective) – “Caldarari”
  • Jim Mortram – “Market Town”
  • Jordi Ruiz “Menonos”
  • Supay Fotos “Borde”
  • Alice Carfae “Tin girls”
  • Rajan  Zaveri “The mountain people”
  • Cristina de Middle ” MADE IN”
  • Maxim Dondyuk “The TB epidemic in Ukrania”