Arvida Byström

Self Publish, Be Happy @ Tate Modern, May 22 – 25

19 May 2015

Self Publish, Be Happy is celebrating its fifth birthday with a project space at London’s Tate Modern from May 22 to 25.

The organisation, founded by Bruno Ceschel in 2010, collects and studies self-published photobooks through a programme of events, workshops, and live on/offline projects. The London-based collection now contains more than 2,000 publications, and exists as both a physical manifestation of a worldwide movement and, as SPBH refers to it, a “call to action”, aiming to inspire visitors to create books through different photographic and printing processes.

The four-day programme, which runs during the Offprint London art publishing fair, includes workshops, presentations and performances by Simon Baker, Curator of Photography at the Tate Modern, Antony Cairns, as well as ‘Selfie Stick Aerobic’ by Arvida Byström and Maja Malou Lyse, ‘The Smoke House’ by Melinda Gibson.

See the Self Publish, Be Happy website for details. **

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LIKE @ Gallery Q, Apr 18 – 21

14 April 2014

Group exhibition LIKE is on at Copenhagen’s Gallery Q, running April 18 to 21.

Featuring Gabby Bess, Arvida Byström, Jennifer Chan, Anna Crews, Petra Collins and Maja Malou Lyse (aka Boothbitch) among others the short three-day show celebrates the light end to gendered objects and objectification, particularly the un-humble selfie and online adjudication of the social media ‘like’.

Presenting a more positive perspective via an opening event with Skype session, readings and performances, the term ‘all-girl’ in reference to this lineup might not be so inappropriate given the following press blurb:

“Like, u know. The word like is like, seen as something redundant, like the way female coded objects are like, u know, well, the colour pink or u wearing lipstick is seen as something unnecessary, but like, for some people it’s still like pretty enjoyable and it’s not like it’s hurting anyone else really. And then like, the verb ‘to like’ something online is like, you know, when ur getting that ‘like’, you know what ur social value is in a money-driven society. But like at the same time it’s like based on something pretty positive and like actually some kind of support when like, u know u r liking someone’s selfie. U know, if we like think about ‘liking’ in relationship to selfie haters, well it might not be sellable to like hate on selfies but like, it’s pretty mean. But like yeah.”

See the Facebook event page for more details. **

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