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Signs: Photographs by Mark Power
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10 April – 18 May 2008

Exhibition of photography at Churchill College, Cambridge
Signs: Photographs by Mark Power, which opens at Churchill College, Cambridge, on 10 April 2008, is a panoramic overview of Mark Power’s eclectic and groundbreaking work over the last twenty years. The exhibition is curated by Jorge Calado, who has been responsible for more than 20 international exhibitions of photography, and includes large-format photographs from works realised in 18 nations, from Finland to Brazil and from the United States to Japan.

Mark Power is a member of Magnum Photos and Professor of Photography at the University of Brighton. His first major project was The Shipping Forecast (1996), a poetic response to the Met Office weather forecast broadcast daily on BBC Radio 4, which won him the Yann Geffroy International Documentary Prize and the Mosaique European Photography Award among others. Since 1997, he has produced a number of works combining large-scale commissions from the industrial sector with self-initiated projects. These include Superstructure (2000), which documents the construction of London’s Millennium Dome, and The Treasury Project (2002), which captured the refurbishment of HM The Treasury Building, in Whitehall. In 2007, he curated the exhibition Theatres of War at the Oskar Schindler factory in Kraków, Poland, whilst completing “26 Different Endings”, a project inspired by the London A-Z. He is currently working on “The Sound of Two Songs”, a long-term project on Poland.

Signs: Photographs by Mark Power has been organised in collaboration with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation UK Branch. The exhibition was previously shown at the Calouste Gulbenkian Cultural Centre in Paris.

A catalogue of Signs is available with texts by Mark Power and Jorge Calado.

For more information, a press kit and photographs, contact: Felicity Luard or Louisa Hooper on tel: 020 7908 7618/7604, e-mail: info@gulbenkian.org.uk

Notes for Editors:

  1. Signs: Photographs by Mark Power will be held from 10 April – 18 May 2008 at Churchill College, Cambridge UK. The exhibition is free and open to the public, 9 am to 5 pm weekdays and 10am to 4pm at weekends. Special arrangements can be made on request.

  2. Churchill College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Cambridge and was founded in 1960 as the national and Commonwealth memorial to Sir Winston Churchill. It is situated on Storey’s Way, just off of the Madingley Road (A1303).

  3. Jorge Calado is Professor of Chemical Physics at the Technical University of Lisbon and the curator of more than 20 exhibitions of photography in Portugal and other countries.

  4. The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation is a European foundation based in Lisbon, with offices in Paris and London. Calouste Gulbenkian was an Armenian born in 1869. He became a British citizen, conducted much of his work in Britain and France, and finally settled in Portugal. The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation was established in Lisbon in 1956, a year after his death. The UK Branch of the Foundation has a history of working across the UK and Ireland, initiating or supporting pioneering developments in the fields of Arts, Education, Social Change and Anglo-Portuguese Cultural Relations. For more information visit www.gulbenkian.org.uk or contact info@gulbenkian.org.uk

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