A fortuitous meeting in London last year has resulted in Dover Arts Development (DAD) showing photographs of Dover at the upcoming London Art Fair in Islington. The invitation is from [...]
London Art Fair – SUBLET
For SUBLET at the London Art Fair, Dover Arts Development (DAD) is showcasing work from six photographers who have made work in Dover : Phillipe Bazin, Pierre-Yves Brest, Goetz Diergarten, Nigel Green, Matthias Koch and Laura Padgett. Three of the photographers – Bazin, Diergarten and Padgett – were among the five artists chosen for the DAD photography commissions 07-08, the beginning of an ongoing relationship with some of the best photographers in France and Germany. Nigel Green worked with DAD on Sea & Walk, a project which contextualised the optimism of the new architectural development of Dover’s Esplanade by London-based architects Tonkin Liu with reference to vernacular Modernist Buildings along the North Downs Way – the trail now starting and finishing on Dover’s seafront. Pierre Yves-Brest was selected for DAD’s third cross-border project with France, Reside/Résider, and his work examined ideas around longing and desire from both sides of the Channel. Matthias Koch is the second student of Bernd Becher – the first being Götz Diergarten – with whom DAD has worked. Koch recently undertook a three-week residency in Dover as part of DAD’s War & Peace project which aims to deconstruct Dover’s multi-layered history as peaceful industrial town, seaport for generations of arrivals and departures, and defensive military stronghold in times of war. Koch and Diergarten both feature in the film The photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher by Marianne Kapfer, who also directed DAD’s award- winning documentary feature film Watermark.