We at Birmingham Photospace very much admire everything Rhubarb Rhubarb do for international photography (and Birmingham!) so we were very excited to be invited to the Artist Talk of their first exhibition in their new premises. We’re going to go along to see the Jackson Twins talk about their work – and we’re very much looking forward to immersing themselves in their art for a couple of hours.

It takes place on Saturday 5th June between 2 and 4pm – do come along with us?

About the Artists:
The Jackson Twins won a Rhubarb Bursary last year and showed their portfolio at the promenade at the 2009 International Review. Alasdair Foster, Director of the Australian Centre for photography, one of the Rhubarb Reviewers, immediately offered them a show in Sydney…..
They were the stars of the week 4 Portfolio Review at Fotofest 2010 and are now being asked to show their work throughout the world.

About the Exhibition:
Rhubarb say: The Uses of Enchantment’, the first show at Rhubarb-East, brings together two series of work by The Jackson Twins, from the West Midlands, with Vee Speers from Paris. Both inspired by fables and fairy stories, nostalgia and psychology, they propose, at first, two seemingly playful series of portraits, featuring a birthday party for children and some double trouble using costume, disguise and female allure… Yet beyond the first enchantment, are troubled stories of war, power, intrigue and dark, magical and potent forces…

The Jackson Twins have just returned from the opening of their exhibition in Sydney, Australia, as a result of winning a Rhubarb/Arts Council Bursary last year. Vee Speers is a regular visitor to the Rhubarb International Review and is collected by museums and individuals throughout the world – including DZ Bank, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Michael Wilson and Elton John. She will shortly be showing with Annie Liebovitiz and Joel Peter Witkin in the premiere show at Fotografiska – the new phototography Museum in Stockholm.

Rhonda Wilson, Creative Director of Rhubarb-Rhubarb, says, “ For years we have watched while the sometimes extraordinary talent emerging from our programme of support and mentoring schemes, has been shown by other people, both in the UK and in international spaces. Now we have the pleasure of showing the results of our efforts, in collaboration with some of the world’s most interesting image makers. The first show is just fantastic and we have created a whole environment for the photographs. If you are into Alice in Wonderland, or even if you’re not – you will love to fall down this particular visual rabbit hole.

See you there?

Rhubarb East Gallery
Rhubarb Building
25 Heathmill Lane, Digbeth
Birmingham B9 4AE