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Assembly by Anthony Luvera

Assembly by Anthony Luvera is an exhibition of work created over a twelve-month period by the artist and people who have experienced homelessness living in Brighton. Assembly consists of a new series of Assisted Self-Portraits; photographs created by participants; sound recordings; an installation about homelessness support services across the UK; and documentation of the artists working practice.

As part of Assembly, Luvera invited individuals associated with the First Base Day Centre and the Phase One Project to use single-use cameras to create photographs of the things that interest them and to use digital sound recorders to capture their experiences. Anthony Luvera met the group regularly to discuss their images and sounds and to record conversations. Participants were also invited to learn how to use digital medium format camera equipment, over repeated sessions, in order to work on the production of a self-portrait for the artists ongoing series Assisted Self-Portraits. Luvera provides technical tuition and support, while the participant determines when and where the photograph will be taken, and how they, the subject, will be framed.

This new body of work, also features a collaboration with The Cascade Chorus, a choir of people in recovery that rehearses in St Stephens Hall. This Regency period hall was formerly located near the Pavilion Gardens and was one of the most popular assembly rooms of eighteenth century England before being moved brick by brick to Montpelier Place, where it is now the home of the First Base Day Centre.

Alongside the sound recordings and photographs Assembly incorporates a collaboration between the artist and a participant, Gerald Mclarverty. This new work, titled Frequently Asked Questions, invites the audience to contemplate responses to questions about services and provisions for homeless people from council representatives of forty cities and towns across the UK. Considering the ways policy, legislation and services, at both local and national levels, assist or otherwise impact on people experiencing issues with
accommodation is an important aspect of the work underpinning Luveras practice with homeless individuals.

A free panel discussion in response to Assembly will take place on Sat 11 Oct at 14:00 at Phoenix Brighton. Professionals brought together from a range of backgrounds will discuss issues involved in the creation of work by artists using strategies of dialogue, participation and collaboration in the context of community groups. Chaired by Janice McLaren, The Photographers Gallery, speakers include Jeffrey Hubbard, photographer and tutor at Crisis Skylight and Simon Hughes, Operational Manager, First Base, Brighton Housing Trust. Book your place here: Eventbrite

Since 2002 Anthony Luvera has worked on a series of long-term photographic projects with people who have experienced homelessness in cities and towns across the United Kingdom. Through these projects, and the social relationships upon which they are based, he is interested in exploring the tension between authorship (or artistic control) and participation, and the ethics involved in representing other people's lives. Find out more at luvera.com.

Commissioned by Brighton Photo Fringe in partnership with the Brighton Housing Trust First Base Day Centre, the Phase One Project and Cascade Creative Recovery.

Sponsored by Colourstream, Photocrowd, Brighton and Brighton Photo Fringe print partner Metro Imaging. Funded by Brighton Photo Fringe and the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund.