At the start of the 1940s, during World War II, Brazil was the destination of choice for thousands of immigrants. During this time, the country went through a process of modernisation that touched every part of society. Modernities: Brazilian Photography 1940-1964 explores this transformation through the observations of four photographers: Marcel Gautherot, Hans Gunter Flieg, Thomas Farkas and José Medeiros. With varied backgrounds and approaches to photography, an important moment in Brazil’s history, which documents the importance of industry and the rise of consumer culture is recorded. The vast selection of images depicts scenes, such as everyday life, the carnival, football, beaches, department stores, which reflects upon a period of time that ended with the beginning of the military dictatorship in 1964. The exhibition continues at Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian, Paris, until 26 July. www.gulbenkian-paris.org.
John Akomfrah, Vertigo Sea, Arnolfini, Bristol
John Akomfrah’s (b.1957) multi-screen installation Vertigo Sea draws inspiration from two striking and harrowing literary works: Herman Melville’s Moby Dick and Heathcote Williams’ poem Whale Nation.
Jury: Olivier Richon, RCA
Following his appearance at the inaugural Future Now Symposium, Olivier Richon, Head of the RCA’s Photography programme, joined our Art Prize Jury.