Exhibition: Elective Affinities at BPF Gallery

Bristol Photo Festival’s public gallery opens in the old Post Office on the top floor of The Galleries in Bristol Shopping Quarter from Friday 18 June.

BPF Gallery

As part of Bristol Photo Festival’s ongoing commitment to engage with a variety audiences across the city, the gallery will hold a rolling programme of exhibitions for the next two years.

BPF Gallery is based in the site of the old Post Office at the Galleries in the centre of the city and will allow the festival to create a hub to host talks, workshops, events and exhibitions showcasing local, national and international work.

Elective Affinities

BPF Gallery’s first exhibition, Elective Affinities, will run from Friday 18 June to Sunday 12 September, open Wednesday to Saturday, 11:30am to 4:30pm. Admission is free.

The tension between culture and nature is a matchmaking force that has occupied our minds for centuries. In a current system that dehumanizes and separates, ‘Elective Affinities’ brings together a series of personal stories that investigate universal themes inviting the reader’s reflection on the human condition.

Through six visual essays, these authors observe connections between people, their beliefs and actions by exploring family narratives, the process of grief and loss, the margins of social standards, mythological representations, the relation between faith and place and the imact of urban racial segregation.

The resulting work has been produced through Catalyst, an international mentorship programme, supporting six innovative photographers working alongside a group of international mentors; consisting of artists, designers, curators, educators and photographers. The programme is designed to further their personal careers and widen their approach and methods to photographing.

The programme is directed by IC Visual Lab in collaboration with Bristol Photo Festival.

Elective Affinities will be followed by Changing the Picture: A Visual History of Protests in Bristol from 1 October – 31 December 2021.

For further information about Bristol Photo Festival, click HERE.


Featured photo: Stop Nonsense | Sibusiso Bheka