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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!!


The Hinterlands: Workshop, scholarship and talks.

Brenda Ann Kenneally is in Britain to run her first ever UK photography workshop at The Hinterlands in Devon on 24th June 2012. It’s a residential workshop to help photographers develop their stories. The workshop is run on a farm in Devon and everyone stay in yurts, eats nice food together and gets around the campfire. The Hinterlands are offering a free place to a student/recent graduate over the next week. It will be totally free scholarship for one student to come and stay, learn and eat at The Hinterlands in Devon. For more details head to Photographic immersion scholarship

Brenda Ann Kenneally has photographed and reported on American families over the past two decades, and has been recognised and supported by the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography, the Mother Jones Documentary Fund, the Alicia Patterson Foundation and the Soros Criminal Justice Fellowship. Her book Money, Power, Respect won the Best Photojournalism Book at Pictures of The Year in 2006. Kenneally’s work for the past five years has been a look at coming of age in post-industrial America. An excerpt from Upstate Girls, won the 2009 World Press Photo Award for Daily Life Series. In 2006, she investigated the living conditions of families on the Gulf Coast on the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The multimedia feature of Kenneally’s reporting won a Webby Award.

In July The Hinterlands is also working in partnership to present a series of talks in galleries across the UK, where Brenda Ann Kenneally will be joined by photographer Robert Knoth to discuss their current work. The pair will be at London’s Host Gallery on July 10th, Leed’s White Cloth Gallery on July 11th and in Bristol with Instant Coffees on July 12th.

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”

V Anniversary of Baladas del Ciclope (Spain).

We have been invited by El Cilope Mecánico to put a selection of our Instant Coffees in their V anniversary at El Fotomata Gallery. For this collaboration we have decided to encapsulating the works in the theme of FAMILY.

The line-up will be:

Christian Rodriguez – Aby
Briony Campbell – The dad project
Evgenia Arbugaeva – Tiksi
Dalia Khamissy – Lebanon’s missing
Deanna Dikeman – Leaving and waving

5th Session. Catalog

Hi there coffee addicts,

we have already published the last catalog of our 5th session. Thanks again to every single person who has been interested or involved in this activity, it wouldn’t be possible without your help.

We are planning the last session of the year, there will be few surprises and we would like to count on you. More info coming soon. Keep an eye on this blog, facebook or twitter. Book  the 15th of December  in your agenda, you will enjoy it.

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Zaragoza Photo. 2011 Special screening

We are warming up for Zaragoza Photo Festival and a few events on the horizon. We want to publish the selection of photographers who will be screening theirs works on the 1st of October 2011, at 22:00 h. Albergue C/Predicadores. Zaragoza. Spain.

  • Freya Najade – If you are lucky, you get old
  • Ben Roberts – Gathering clouds
  • Jim Naughten – Re-enactors
  • Human Endeavour Collective – Degeneration
  • Ian Teh  – Dark clouds
  • Briony Campell – The Dad project
  • Seba Kurtis – 700 miles
  • Michele Tagliaferri – Mapa
  • Fernando Brito  –  Your steps were lost in the landscape
  • Andrew Jackson  –  The hidden landscape
  • Will Hartley  –   Lawrence Hill
  • Dalia Khamissy  –  Lebanon´s missing

Zaragoza Photo Festival

Furthermore, if you are around Zaragoza these days don´t miss another two Spanish collectives with a really good background in Screening Shows: El Cíclope Mecánico (30th Sept) y FOTOAPLAUSO (29th Sept).

Many thanks to everybody who have shown interest in our activity.

5th Session

After the summer break Instant Coffees comes with new photography works, we really appreciate all submissions which have been received during the last three months. We hope to see you tomorrow at The Arts House at 19h. This is the line up for the 5th session:

  • Jamie Carstairs – Picturing China
  • Stuart Matthews – Changing Tides: An Uncertain Future
  • David Hornillos – Principe Pio
  • Armando Ribeiro – Depressing Landscapes
  • Chiara Tocci – Life after Zog
  • Evgenia Arbugaeva – Tiksi in Winter
  • Fernando Brito – Your steps were lost in the landscape
  • Dalia Khamissy – Lebanon’s missings
Many thanks for your collaboration. 

Evgenia Arbugaeva - Tiksi