The fifth celebration of homecooked food and great photography – Slideluck London V – took place last night during the Grand Finale of FORMAT festival in Derby, and what a great event it was!
I was truly honored to be a part of the multimedia slideshow programme curated by Monica Allende, showing a selection of work from my project about the Russian community of Latvia (accompanied by an authentic Latvian rye bread prepared for the potluck dinner for the full cultural experience).
It was great to find many familiar names on the artists list, seeing Sophie Gerrard presenting The Dunes and Laura Pannack showing The Walks, as well as discovering new talents.
It is impossible to pick one or even few best projects from the pool of extremely diverse work of exceptionally high-quality, so I will make my selection trusting the gut, not the reason – those were the first five projects I remembered this morning:
1. Alfonso Almendros: Family Reflections
Alright, this could be because Alfonso’s image was used on Slideluck V flier or because he was a recipient of BlurbBook prize, but most likely, it is because his work it truly outstanding – beautiful, original and memorable.
2. Alexander Aksakov: 365 Dreams
It is hard to draw parallels between this series documenting a year of service in the Russian army and any other work on the topic I ever came across. Narrated by the author himself, it is raw, sharp and direct – truly remarkable.
3. Bryan Schutmaat: Grays the Mountain Sends
Poetic documentation of the working people in small mountain towns and mining communities in the American West.
4. Briony Campbell and Duncan Nicol Robertson: New World
A project born out of a road trip through America, it compensates for its lack of originality in subjects choice with some interesting finding and a clever use of multimedia storytelling language.
5. Catherin Colaw: Original Sin
Not a new photographic approach either, but a much more creative and elegant one that anything I came across before.
Have you been to Slideluck V? Share your favorites in comments!