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Liverpool Biennial 2021: The Stomach and the Port

19 April - 6 June 2021

Picturing England’s High Streets: Prescot

7 April 2021

Picturing England’s High Street: Chester

7 April 2021

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Reclaim The City: Suzanne St Clare

8 April 2021

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First Light Spotlight: Parallel Histories

11 May 2021

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First Light Spotlight: After Nature

27 April 2021

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First Light Spotlight: Unearthly Matter

13 April 2021

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Hanging out: Interviews

23 March - 5 April 2021

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Digital Window Gallery: Independents Biennial

18 March - 6 June 2021

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First Light Spotlight: Corrupted Archives

30 March 2021

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First Light Spotlight – Connecting new photography with writing

16 March 2021

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OPEN ROOMS #11: ON THE CORNERS OF ARGYLE AND GLENWOOD – PHOTOBOOK IN COLLABORATION

11 March 2021

Freelance Photographer in Residence Position

23 February 2021

Family Page

23 February 2021

About Alternative Lens

23 February 2021

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Introducing Energy House

23 February 2021

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Open Rooms #10: All Dressed Up With Nowhere To Go

25 February 2021

The Course

12 February 2021

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PLATFORM ISSUE 3: HOPE

12 February 2021

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OPEN CALL: THE STORY OF LIVERPOOL THROUGH ITS TREES

1 January - 30 April 2021

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OPEN CALL: HOMETOWNS

11 February - 31 March 2021

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WHAT WE DO IN LOCKDOWN

5 January 2021

HYPERTEXT: Books Beyond Bars – Felix McNulty in conversation with Sarah Jane Baker

28 November 2020

HYPERTEXT: Ruth White – The Role of the Photobook in Representing the British Working Classes

28 November 2020

HYPERTEXT: Yasmine Akim ‘Decolonise art schools & showcase the agency of marginalised people’

28 November 2020

HYPERTEXT: Jason Evans – Sound & Vision

28 November 2020

HYPERTEXT: ROOT-ed Zine – Our Experience of Navigating through Arts and Media as People of Colour

28 November 2020

HYPERTEXT: Present and Continuous Q&A with Liz Wewiora and the Many Hands Craft Collective

28 November 2020

HYPERTEXT: Rose Nordin of OOMK in conversation with Kerol Izwan of Musotrees

28 November 2020

HYPERTEXT: Jade Montserrat in conversation with Nikita Gill

28 November 2020

HYPERTEXT: Sam Hutchinson in conversation with Aram Sabbah of Skatepal

28 November 2020

Get Involved: The Story of Liverpool Through Its Trees

24 November 2020

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Home Turf: Fans, Foodbanks and Photography

17 December 2020

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Scottie Press: Digital Residency

7 December - 11 December 2020

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Tell It Like It Is: Ian Clegg and Laura Robertson in Conversation

20 November 2020

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VR: L— A City Through Its People

5 November - 7 March 2020

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Peer to Peer HK/UK — Lee Wing Ki: Night Walk (an excerpt)

16 November - 30 November 2020

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Peer to Peer: UK / HK

11 November 2020

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Watch: Liverpool Slavery Virtual Tour

27 October 2020

A Message From Open Eye Gallery: Covid-19 Update

2 November 2020

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VR — The New West

30 October 2020

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TO BE FRANK

30 October - 15 November 2020

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THE LIVES WE LEAD

28 October - 11 November 2020

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Love Is An Action: Black History Panel

29 October 2020

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VR — The Time We Call Our Own

3 September 2020

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Exhibition: L— A City Through Its People

5 November - 7 March 2021

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Harold Offeh — When Was The Time I Could Call My Own?

15 October 2020

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Mirjam Wirz — Sonidero City

8 October 2020

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Open Rooms #9 Access to Art: Who is art for? (w/ Mike Pinnington and Larry Achiampong)

13 October 2020

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PLATFORM ISSUE 2: THE NEW NORMAL

7 October 2020

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OPEN ROOMS #11: ON THE CORNERS OF ARGYLE AND GLENWOOD – PHOTOBOOK IN COLLABORATION

Watch back our online conversation with Stuart Isett, Silong Chhun, Pete Pin and Charles Fox on the latest publication from Catfish Books, On the Corners of Argyle and Glenwood.

On the Corners of Argyle and Glenwood is a timely reminder of the significance of the Cambodian diaspora coming of age. Taking place on 11 March, 2021, this talk focused on the collaboration between Isett, Chhun and Pin, which has reframed the work and played an important role in the community’s representation.

On the Corners of Argyle and Glenwood by Stuart Isett. Words by Silong Chhun and Sequencing by Pete Pin:

As a young graduate student in photography in the early 1990s, Stuart Isett found himself on the corners of Argyle and Glenwood streets in Chicago, photographing Cambodian refugees who had settled on the city’s north side near his apartment. Isett entered a world which would define his practice, spending much of the next 25 years working in South East Asia, often returning to work on issues affecting the Cambodian diaspora.

Nearly 30 years later, in collaboration with Cambodian-American activist Silong Chhun and Pete Pin, a Cambodian-American photographer, Isett revisited the Chicago work. Together they re-sequenced and contextualised the series. Chhun and Pin would have been the young boys in the back of the room in many of Isett’s images, watching their older siblings who were Isett’s main focus, as they struggled to adapt to life in America while burdened with the trauma of war and genocide. Sequenced by Pin, with words from Chhun, this book explores the complexities of the early diaspora, not only the streets but also the tender moments of a community in transition, held together by family (គ្រួសារ, “krousar”) and tradition.

Silong Chhun
Born in Cambodia, five days after Vietnamese troops seized Phnom Penh on January 7th, 1979, Silong is one of many Khmer refugees who settled in the United States of America. Silong is a multimedia artist disciplined in videography, photography, audio production, graphic design, and social media strategy. As the digital communications manager at Pacific Lutheran University, he serves as one of PLU’s leading digital storytellers, communications strategists, and social media curators. Prior to coming to PLU, Silong was the communications associate at non-profit serving immigrants and refugees at Tacoma Community House. He is also the co-founder of the Khmer Anti-Deportation Advocacy Group, a community effort that advocates, supports, and provides community members resources. 

Stuart Isett
Stuart Isett is an American photographer born in Switzerland, raised in the UK and now living in Seattle, Washington. He originally studied Southeast Asian history at university in the 1980s, focusing on Thai and Cambodian history, and moved to Thailand as an academic before becoming a photographer. In the early 1990s he lived in Chicago, near the city’s large Southeast Asian refugee community living near Argyle Street and for over 3 years Isett embedded himself as a documentary photographer in the small, tight-knit Cambodian community, then centered at the corners of Argyle Street and Glenwood Avenue. The work also took him to Cambodian communities in Long Beach and Bakersfield, California, and after 2006 back to Cambodia where a generation of Cambodian American refugees have been deported by the United States government.

Pete Pin
Pete Pin is a photographer based in New York. Born in the Khao-I-Dang refugee camp on the border of Cambodia and Thailand in 1982, Pin and his family were resettled as refugees in California in the early 1980’s. His work explores themes of memory, migration, and inter-generational trauma among the Cambodian American community across the United States and among his own family in the U.S. and Cambodia. A high school drop-out, Pin is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, where he did honors, and the International Center of Photography. His photographs on the Cambodian diaspora have been featured in the New York Times, TIME Magazine, NPR, and VICE, among others, and is in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress. 

Charles Fox
Charles Fox is a photographer working on long term questions about legacies of conflict, with a particular focus on South East Asia. He lectures in photography and set up Catfish books in 2019.

Catfish Books
Catfish Books was launched in 2019 with a specific focus on photography and writing centred on South East Asia. We see a wealth of exciting and relevant practice that is just not visible. We want to address that by exploring both new work coming out of the region and its diaspora as well as revisiting work rooted in the region’s recent history.

Image credit: Stuart Isett, from the series On the Corners of Argyle and Glenwood


Open Rooms is Open Eye Gallery’s online programme. It involves free live-streamed talks and workshops, plus ongoing public discussions on our Discord community. It takes place in rooms all across the world — artists’ rooms, chat rooms and in your living room.

Open Rooms is livestreamed to our Twitch channel, an online streaming service.

We also have a community of chat rooms and ongoing conversations on Discord, a free messaging app open to all. To join, follow this link and download Discord on desktop or mobile.

Watch back our online conversation with Stuart Isett, Silong Chhun, Pete Pin and Charles Fox on the latest publication from Catfish Books, On the Corners of Argyle and Glenwood.

On the Corners of Argyle and Glenwood is a timely reminder of the significance of the Cambodian diaspora coming of age. Taking place on 11 March, 2021, this talk focused on the collaboration between Isett, Chhun and Pin, which has reframed the work and played an important role in the community’s representation.

On the Corners of Argyle and Glenwood by Stuart Isett. Words by Silong Chhun and Sequencing by Pete Pin:

As a young graduate student in photography in the early 1990s, Stuart Isett found himself on the corners of Argyle and Glenwood streets in Chicago, photographing Cambodian refugees who had settled on the city’s north side near his apartment. Isett entered a world which would define his practice, spending much of the next 25 years working in South East Asia, often returning to work on issues affecting the Cambodian diaspora.

Nearly 30 years later, in collaboration with Cambodian-American activist Silong Chhun and Pete Pin, a Cambodian-American photographer, Isett revisited the Chicago work. Together they re-sequenced and contextualised the series. Chhun and Pin would have been the young boys in the back of the room in many of Isett’s images, watching their older siblings who were Isett’s main focus, as they struggled to adapt to life in America while burdened with the trauma of war and genocide. Sequenced by Pin, with words from Chhun, this book explores the complexities of the early diaspora, not only the streets but also the tender moments of a community in transition, held together by family (គ្រួសារ, “krousar”) and tradition.

Silong Chhun
Born in Cambodia, five days after Vietnamese troops seized Phnom Penh on January 7th, 1979, Silong is one of many Khmer refugees who settled in the United States of America. Silong is a multimedia artist disciplined in videography, photography, audio production, graphic design, and social media strategy. As the digital communications manager at Pacific Lutheran University, he serves as one of PLU’s leading digital storytellers, communications strategists, and social media curators. Prior to coming to PLU, Silong was the communications associate at non-profit serving immigrants and refugees at Tacoma Community House. He is also the co-founder of the Khmer Anti-Deportation Advocacy Group, a community effort that advocates, supports, and provides community members resources. 

Stuart Isett
Stuart Isett is an American photographer born in Switzerland, raised in the UK and now living in Seattle, Washington. He originally studied Southeast Asian history at university in the 1980s, focusing on Thai and Cambodian history, and moved to Thailand as an academic before becoming a photographer. In the early 1990s he lived in Chicago, near the city’s large Southeast Asian refugee community living near Argyle Street and for over 3 years Isett embedded himself as a documentary photographer in the small, tight-knit Cambodian community, then centered at the corners of Argyle Street and Glenwood Avenue. The work also took him to Cambodian communities in Long Beach and Bakersfield, California, and after 2006 back to Cambodia where a generation of Cambodian American refugees have been deported by the United States government.

Pete Pin
Pete Pin is a photographer based in New York. Born in the Khao-I-Dang refugee camp on the border of Cambodia and Thailand in 1982, Pin and his family were resettled as refugees in California in the early 1980’s. His work explores themes of memory, migration, and inter-generational trauma among the Cambodian American community across the United States and among his own family in the U.S. and Cambodia. A high school drop-out, Pin is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, where he did honors, and the International Center of Photography. His photographs on the Cambodian diaspora have been featured in the New York Times, TIME Magazine, NPR, and VICE, among others, and is in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress. 

Charles Fox
Charles Fox is a photographer working on long term questions about legacies of conflict, with a particular focus on South East Asia. He lectures in photography and set up Catfish books in 2019.

Catfish Books
Catfish Books was launched in 2019 with a specific focus on photography and writing centred on South East Asia. We see a wealth of exciting and relevant practice that is just not visible. We want to address that by exploring both new work coming out of the region and its diaspora as well as revisiting work rooted in the region’s recent history.

Image credit: Stuart Isett, from the series On the Corners of Argyle and Glenwood


Open Rooms is Open Eye Gallery’s online programme. It involves free live-streamed talks and workshops, plus ongoing public discussions on our Discord community. It takes place in rooms all across the world — artists’ rooms, chat rooms and in your living room.

Open Rooms is livestreamed to our Twitch channel, an online streaming service.

We also have a community of chat rooms and ongoing conversations on Discord, a free messaging app open to all. To join, follow this link and download Discord on desktop or mobile.

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