Events

Poscards from us x: Online Art Workshops

29 January - 12 February 2021

Events

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

Past Events

Home Turf: Fans, Foodbanks and Photography

17 December 2020

Past Events

Scottie Press: Digital Residency

7 December - 11 December 2020

Past Events

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

20 November 2020

Exhibitions

VR: L— A City Through Its People

5 November - 7 March 2020

Exhibitions

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

16 November - 30 November 2020

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

Peer to Peer: UK / HK

11 November 2020

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

Watch: Liverpool Slavery Virtual Tour

27 October 2020

A Message From Open Eye Gallery: Covid-19 Update

2 November 2020

Exhibitions

VR — The New West

30 October 2020

Past Exhibitions

TO BE FRANK

30 October - 15 November 2020

Past Exhibitions

THE LIVES WE LEAD

28 October - 11 November 2020

Past Events Past Exhibitions

Love Is An Action: Black History Panel

29 October 2020

Projects

VR — The Time We Call Our Own

3 September 2020

Exhibitions Main Exhibition

Exhibition: L— A City Through Its People

5 November - 7 March 2021

Projects

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

15 October 2020

Projects

Mirjam Wirz — Sonidero City

8 October 2020

Projects

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

13 October 2020

Projects

PLATFORM ISSUE 2: THE NEW NORMAL

7 October 2020

Past Events

Atrium Exhibition: Illustrating Anthropology

12 November - 30 November 2020

Past Events

Laurence Westgaph: Liverpool Slavery Virtual Tour

27 October 2020

Exhibitions Open Source Exhibitions

DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: OPEN SOURCE #18 – KELEENNA ONYEAKA

1 October - 31 October 2020

Projects

Tobias Zielony — Maskirovka

27 August 2020

Projects

Save Some Space (The Time We Call Our Own Online #4)

20 August 2020

Projects

Andrew Miksys — Disko (The Time We Call Our Own: Online #3)

6 August 2020

Projects

Oliver Sieber: Imaginary Club (The Time We Call Our Own: Online #2)

30 July 2020

Projects

Getting Ready: Amelia Lonsdale and Her Mum (#1)

23 July 2020

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Open Source Exhibitions

DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: OPEN SOURCE #17 – SAMANTHA JAGGER

3 September - 30 September 2020

Past Exhibitions

you out tonight?

10 August 2020

Projects

folio20: Hugh Baird University Centre

10 August 2020

Projects

Sarah Eyre (Untitled)

10 August 2020

Projects

Activity Packs for Older People

20 July 2020

Projects

Young People + Family Activity Packs

20 July 2020

Projects

Open Rooms #3: Photographing the Internet (w/ Mishka Henner)

7 May 2020

Projects

Open Rooms #2: Separated Together

30 April 2020

Projects

Open Rooms #7: Photography Does Not Love You (Katrina Sluis w/ Jacob Bolton)

2 July 2020

Projects

Open Rooms #8: Photography and Racialisation

9 July 2020

Projects

Open Rooms #5: Class of 2020 — Seba Kurtis in conversation with Mariama Attah

18 June 2020

Projects

Love is an Action

11 June 2020

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Open Rooms #8: Photography and Racialisation

Photography is not innocent. The medium has played a significant role in maintaining a visual culture and hierarchy with its roots in colonialism, one in which racial ‘whiteness’ is synonymous with ‘normal’ and desirable. This can be seen and understood in the various practices and technologies of photography.

Yasmin Gunaratnam, Ali Eisa and Daniel C. Blight seek to examine the role photography plays in the ongoing racialisation of people, in the UK and worldwide. The conversation revolves around an image submitted by each participant, with an accompanying question.

Yasmin Gunaratnam asks “How heavy is whiteness?” Ali Eisa asks “In making images, how do we make ourselves?” Daniel C. Blight asks, “How do white people see?” Using these three questions as entry points, they seek to uncover the visual architecture of whiteness, and offer ways to unpick and subvert the racialising production and circulation of images.

Daniel C. Blight is the author of ‘The Image of Whiteness: Contemporary Photography and Racialization’. He teaches at the University of Brighton. 

Yasmin Gunaratnam is a reader in sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her most recent book is ‘Go Home?’ The Politics of Immigration Controversies’.

Ali Eisa is an artist and educator working at Autograph, where he manages the Learning & Participation programme. Ali is a visual artist who exhibits nationally and internationally, and has a background in social circus, youth arts and youth work.

 

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. 

 

IMAGES & QUESTIONS

Image: Every Moment Counts (Ecstatic Antibodies), 1989. © Rotimi Fani-Kayode. Courtesy of Autograph, London.

Ali Eisa: In making images, how do we make ourselves? 

 


Image: Patrick Hutchinson carries the man now identified as Bryn Male to safety. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Yasmin Gunaratnam: How heavy is whiteness?


Image: Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Mirror Study (0X5A2919), 2018. Courtesy the artist and team (gallery, inc.), New York; DOCUMENT, Chicago; and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles.

Daniel C. Blight: How do white people see?

Photography is not innocent. The medium has played a significant role in maintaining a visual culture and hierarchy with its roots in colonialism, one in which racial ‘whiteness’ is synonymous with ‘normal’ and desirable. This can be seen and understood in the various practices and technologies of photography.

Yasmin Gunaratnam, Ali Eisa and Daniel C. Blight seek to examine the role photography plays in the ongoing racialisation of people, in the UK and worldwide. The conversation revolves around an image submitted by each participant, with an accompanying question.

Yasmin Gunaratnam asks “How heavy is whiteness?” Ali Eisa asks “In making images, how do we make ourselves?” Daniel C. Blight asks, “How do white people see?” Using these three questions as entry points, they seek to uncover the visual architecture of whiteness, and offer ways to unpick and subvert the racialising production and circulation of images.

Daniel C. Blight is the author of ‘The Image of Whiteness: Contemporary Photography and Racialization’. He teaches at the University of Brighton. 

Yasmin Gunaratnam is a reader in sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her most recent book is ‘Go Home?’ The Politics of Immigration Controversies’.

Ali Eisa is an artist and educator working at Autograph, where he manages the Learning & Participation programme. Ali is a visual artist who exhibits nationally and internationally, and has a background in social circus, youth arts and youth work.

 

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. 

 

IMAGES & QUESTIONS

Image: Every Moment Counts (Ecstatic Antibodies), 1989. © Rotimi Fani-Kayode. Courtesy of Autograph, London.

Ali Eisa: In making images, how do we make ourselves? 

 


Image: Patrick Hutchinson carries the man now identified as Bryn Male to safety. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Yasmin Gunaratnam: How heavy is whiteness?


Image: Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Mirror Study (0X5A2919), 2018. Courtesy the artist and team (gallery, inc.), New York; DOCUMENT, Chicago; and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles.

Daniel C. Blight: How do white people see?

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