I let myself be bird @ MARKET HALL CINEMA

I let myself be bird @ MARKET HALL CINEMA

The MARKET HALL CINEMA (map)

Curated by The Kickplate Project, 'I let myself be bird' is an exhibition of photos by Stanka Koleva, a Bulgarian born photographer currently living and working in Berlin, Germany. Showing on the walls at the Market Hall Cinema in Brynmawr until 31 July.

The Pack @ Waterloo Tea

The Pack @ Waterloo Tea

Waterloo Tea (map)

Photographer Emyr Jenkins is exhibiting a selection of his street images taken during the 2015 Rugby World Cup in Waterloo Tea Rooms in the Wyndham Arcade in the centre of Cardiff.

Although hosted by England, six group games and two quarter finals of the 2015 Rugby World Cup were played in the Millennium Stadium. The febrile match day atmosphere in the city that balmy Indian summer was special, like some mad carnival. The fans dressed up in packs, came early and partied before every game – no rivalry, no animosity and no inhibition. No one cared about or even noticed a stranger in their midst, taking their picture.
— Emyr Jenkins

There will be Private View to launch the exhibition from 6.30pm on Thursday 6th July - and Emyr has kindly invited any ffotonistas who can make it to join him!

You can see more of Emyr's photography on his website www.emjenkins.com

BLUES & BEYOND @ The Kickplate Gallery

BLUES & BEYOND @ The Kickplate Gallery

The Kickplate Gallery (map)

New exhibition of photographs at The Kickplate Gallery in Abertillery by Denis Lewis of the Blues and Jazz musicians he has photographed over the last 40 years. Showing 8 July - 5 August 2017.

pagan @ 76m2

pagan @ 76m2

76m2 Gallery (map)

Starting Tuesday 11 July, pagan is the latest exhibition at the*kickplate*project's 76m2 gallery in Pontypool and features work by Belarusian photographer Andrei Liankevich.

Liankevich captured folk traditions in Belarus dating back to the times before its Christianisation in the 10th century that continue to be practised in rural Belarus. Like in many other places and cultures, Eastern Europeans were unwilling to abandon their traditions and continued to practise them, while propagators of the new faith adopted some of the pagan customs to persuade more people to join, leading to the creation of an eclectic and fascinating mix.

Andrei’s project shows how the rites that are known to modern town-dwellers only to a limited extent, familiar to most people through illustrations in history books or visits to ethnographic museums, are still alive and well in the countryside. Andrei has rendered the detail and atmosphere of rituals and celebrations that take place throughout the year, linked to the agricultural and religious calendar, which survived throughout the centuries.


Featured photographer Andrei Liankevich is a photojournalism lecturer in Vilnius, Lithuania and the organizer of Month of Photography in Minsk. He’s part of SPUTNIK, a collective of Eastern and Central European documentary photographers.

You can find Andrei’s work on his website www.liankevich.com


pagan is the fifth in a series of 9 exhibitions organised in 76m2 by the*kickplate*project, with the support from the Arts Council of Wales, Torfaen Council’s Arts Development and Pontypool Community Council.

The exhibition runs 11th July – 4th August
Opening times: Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 – 18:00

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Arddangosfa gan y ffotograffydd Belarwsaidd Andrei Liankevich yw “pagan”, sy’n cofnodi traddodiadau gwerin yn Belarws sy’n deillio o oes cyn dyfodiad Cristnogaeth yn y 10fed ganrif ac sy’n dal i gael eu harfer yng nghefn gwlad Belarws. Fel pobl mewn mannau a diwylliannau eraill, roedd pobl Dwyrain Ewrop yn gwrthod rhoi’r gorau i’w traddodiadau, gan barhau i’w harddel, tra mabwysiadodd lledaenwyr y gred newydd rai o’r arferion paganaidd er mwyn denu mwy o bobl i’w dilyn, gan greu cymysgedd eclectig a hynod ddiddorol.

Dengys project Andrei sut y mae defodau na ŵyr pobl drefol, fodern nemor ddim amdanynt, neu sydd ond yn gyfarwydd i’r rhan fwyaf trwy luniau mewn llyfrau hanes neu ymweliadau ag amgueddfeydd ethnograffig, yn dal yn fyw ac iach yng nghefn gwlad. Mae Andrei yn cyfleu manylion ac awyrgylch defodau a dathliadau a gynhelir ar hyd y flwyddyn, yn gysylltiedig â’r calendr amaethyddol a chrefyddol, sydd wedi goroesi ar hyd y canrifoedd.

Yng ngeiriau Svetlana Poleschuk, ymchwilydd ac awdur y rhagarweiniad i lyfr Andrei, “Goroesodd cred baganaidd bob cyfundrefn gymdeithasol-wleidyddol, gan ddiogelu’r peth pwysicaf: sylw arbennig a pharch at natur. Gall unrhyw wrthrych sy’n ymddangos yn ddinod ar yr olwg gyntaf fel carreg, coeden, planhigyn, torch, neu ffordd fod wedi ei gynysgaeddu ag ystyr symbolaidd a’i animeiddio; mae’n dod â lwc dda, yn gwneud y daith i’r byd a ddaw yn haws, yn gwella afiechyd, yn cadw rhag drwg, yn rhoi harddwch, yn rhagddweud y dyfodol. Mae treiddio i gyfrinachedd y traddodiad gwerin a chreu delwedd anarferol, gyfriniol bron, o bentref Belsrwsaidd yn yr oes hon yn gwneud project Andrei yn wahanol i unrhyw beth a wnaed yn ffotograffiaeth Belarws cyn hyn, ac yn wahanol i ffotograffiaeth Belarws yn gyffredinol. Nid dim ond cyfres o bortreadau seicolegol mo hwn, nac ymgais syml i ddogfennu ffordd o fyw: mae’n ymchwil doeth a gofalus i haen gyfan o ddiwylliant, yn fwriadol rydd o’r gwleidyddoli sydd bellach yn nodweddiadol o unrhyw drafodaeth o bynciau’n ymwneud â Belarws. ‘Ceisiais ateb y cwestiwn pwy oeddem ni’n flaenorol a phwy ydym ni bellach, fel Belarwsiaid’, meddai Andrei Liankevich.”

Mae Andrei’n ddarlithydd ffoto-newyddiaduraeth yn Vilnius, Lithwania, ac ef yw trefnydd Mis o Ffotograffiaeth ym Minsk. Mae’n rhan o SPUTNIK, casgliad o ffotograffwyr dogfennol o ganolbarth a dwyrain Ewrop.

“pagan” yw'r pumed mewn cyfres o 9 arddangosfa a drefnwyd yn 76m2 gan y*brosiect*kickplate, gyda chefnogaeth gan Gyngor Celfyddydau Cymru, Datblygu Celfyddydau Cyngor Torfaen a Chyngor Cymuned Pont-y-pŵl.

Gallwch weld gwaith Andrei ar: www.liankevich.com