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Reimagine University of Brighton Galleries A – Grand Parade 58-67 Grand Parade, Brighton, BN2 0JY Date: 1-30 Oct 2016 Open: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm FREE This exhibition contains images which include nudity and content of an adult nature. It may not be suitable for some visitors. A Photoworks/FOCUS Festival Mumbai co-commission in partnership with the University of Brighton Olivia Arthur (UK) and Bharat Sikka (India) have collaborated for the first time to explore private and public presentation of self-image in relation to the body, gender, sexuality and fantasy. Working with communities in both Mumbai and Brighton, cities with sharply contrasting politics of gender and sexuality, the photographers have collaborated with their participants to produce a new documentary project. The work they have researched and developed together revolves to a large extent around individuals who identify themselves as being part of the LGBTQ+ community and importantly, a community that represents contemporary diversity in relation to sexuality and gender. Both photographers have worked on large format film. Working in black and white, Olivia has created images that explore people’s sense of self within their sexual identity. Working in colour, Bharat has offset this reality and added an element of fiction to his private and public scenes. The public and private spheres in which the photographs are set present a contrast and raise questions as to the private and public presentation of self and the influence of locale on gender and sexuality. Artist Lindsey Smith has worked closely with the photographers in the UK to make connection with participants on the project. Partners include: Marlborough Pub & Theatre, Allsorts Youth Project and GScene. Research and development supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England’s Re:Imagine India programme and the University of Brighton. Olivia Arthur (b. 1980) is a London-based photographer and member of Magnum Photos. Working for many years on the East-West cultural divide, her work has been included in institutional collections worldwide and exhibited internationally. Bharat Sikka (b. 1973) grew up in India and now lives and works between Europe and India. He studied at the Parsons School of Design, New York. Documenting contemporary visions of India, Bharat has exhibited widely and has contributed to publications such as The New York Times, W, The New Yorker, i.D, Vogue, Vogue Homme International, Details and Time Magazine. Top Left: © Bharat Sikka, Tony, from Reimagine, Brighton 2016 Bottom Left: © Olivia Arthur/Magnum Photos, Elton and Devansh, from Reimagine, Mumbai 2016 Top Right: © Olivia Arthur/Magnum Photos, Urmi, from Reimagine, Mumbai 2016 Bottom Right: © Bharat Sikka, Onyx, from Reimagine, Brighton 2016 3

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