Julian Germain Artist Talk
Artist Julian Germain will discuss the project underpinning The Future is Ours, Classroom Portraits 2004-2015, as well as his practice as an artist and photographer as a whole.
Since 1995 Germain has been working with Brazilian artists, Patricia Azevedo and Murilo Godoy on a number of photography projects which are conceived and executed as collaborations with groups such as favela communities and street children, who produce the imagery themselves. In 1998, the book No Mundo Maravilhoso do Futebol was published by Basalt (the proceeds financing the construction of a library and community centre) and the ‘No Olho da Rua’ collective has specialised in bringing imagery made by these marginalised groups directly to the public, in the form of posters, newspapers and flyers displayed and distributed on the streets of the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte.
Germain sits on the editorial board of the magazine Useful Photography alongside Erik Kessels, Hans van der Meer, Hans Aarsman and Claudi de Cleen and is a Trustee of the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead. He has exhibited his work internationally, notably at the Photographer’s Gallery, London, Parco Gallery, Tokyo, MASP, Sao Paulo, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead and at Netherlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam.
He has recently exhibited and published Classroom Portraits, 2004 – 2012, a global project about education. He is also, as part of the No Olho da Rua collective, planning to publish and exhibit photographs made by Brazilian street children over the last 18 years. He lives and works in Northumberland, UK.