Artist talk- Ben Roberts ‘Occupied Spaces’
Ben Roberts’ ‘Occupied Spaces’ documents the temporary inhabitance of 2011’s St. Paul’s Protests, the focus of the protests being to encourage discourse and raise awareness of social and economic inequalities.
Roberts came to this project through disbelief of the UK media claiming that only 10% of the protesters in St. Paul’s were currently living and sleeping in the camps. The photographs portray the activity of the community that was built and developed by the many residents confined to such a limited space.
These images are now a record in British history, uncovering the personal living quarters and experiences of the people involved.
Ben Roberts’ will be in conversation with Harry Hardie from Here press. The book will be available to buy on the night.
Monday 23rd April
6:30 pm – 7:30pm this event will be followed by live music in the bar downstairs
A discussion – Anna Fox’s ‘Work Stations’ and Lewis Hine’s workers
Professor of Photography Anna Fox and studioSTRIKE co-founder Natasha Caruana will open the Bread and Roses Festival with an evening talk discussing the themes of the festival through two photographic series. The works made 70 years apart depict the change from the industrial to financial services of the workplace.
Photographer Lewis Hine used his camera as a tool for social reform. In 1908, he became the photographer for the National Labor Child Committee. Over the next decade his photographs were instrumental in changing the child labour laws in the United States and shed light on the plight of the textile workers of Massachusetts.
Anna Fox will discuss her series ‘Work Stations’ which documents the London office of the 1980’s. The images are presented alongside text collected from quotes, business management material and advertisements of the time. The series captures moments of office life as a battleground where competition and stress go hand in hand.
Saturday 28th April
5:00 pm – 6pm this event will be followed by live music in the bar downstairs