Artist Talks: Peter Fraser, Esther Hovers

A501, EKA

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Photography artists Peter Fraser and Esther Hovers will hold their artist talks at 18:00 on Tuesday, October in A-501 at the Estonian Academy of Arts. Both artists are in Tallinn to hold a week-long masterclasses in the department of photography, Estonian Academy of Arts.

Peter Fraser is a fine art photographer who has been at the forefront of colour photography as artistic enquiry since the early 1980s. His works involve an intense philosophical focus on the matter and materials encountered in the everyday, frequently addressing the question ‘What is Real?’ in conjunction with changing societal preoccupations.

Born in 1953 in Cardiff, Wales, Fraser graduated in photography from Manchester Polytechnic in 1976. He began working with a Plaubel Makina camera in 1982, which led to an exhibition with William Eggleston at the Arnolfini in Bristol in 1984. Fraser went on to travel to the USA in the same year, spending nearly two months with William Eggleston. It was during this time that he decided to commit his life’s energies to exploring the expressive possibilities of colour photography.

Fraser was shortlisted for the International Citibank Photography Prize in 2004, and in 2014 awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal Photographic Society. He has exhibited internationally for nearly 40 years, with notable solo exhibitions held at the Photographers’ Gallery, London in 2002, PhotoEspana 2017, Camden Art Centre 2018, and Tate St Ives, which was the first Tate Retrospective for a living British Photographer in 2013 accompanied by a major Tate Monograph.

Recent major exhibitions include Mathematics, Photo Espana, Madrid 2017, and at Camden Arts Centre, London in 2018. In 2021 he received a Pollock Krasner Foundation Award to make new work across Europe in a time of increasing anxiety and apprehension for the future, and has been photographing in Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Crete and Estonia for this series. He has had 12 books of his work published since 1988, referenced on his website. His works are held in many public collections including the Arts Council of England, Tate, London, the British Council, Fondation A Stichting, Bruxelles, Mast Foundation, Bologna, Yale Centre for British Art, USA and Private Collections worldwide.
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Esther Hovers investigates how power, politics and control and exercised through urban planning and the use of public space in her artistic practice. She was trained as a photographer but creates installations in which photographs, drawings, text and film play an equal part.

Esther Hovers has exhibited at Aperture Foundation in New York City; Lianzhou Photo Festival in China; and Foam Photography Museum of Amsterdam, et al. Her work has been published in The New York Times; The Washington Post; M – Le Magazine du Monde and Wired, among other publications.

In 2019 Hovers was an artist-in-residence at NARS Foundation (The New York Art Residency and Studios) in Brooklyn, New York. She is currently based in the Netherlands.
INSTAGRAM estherhovers

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