Fishbar at 10a Thurloe Place

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From 'Stranger', Olivia Arthur.

Fishbar Showcase

Fishbar is a space for photography and independent publisher in East London, run by Olivia Arthur and Philipp Ebeling.

“we love making things. we love telling stories with photographs, both our own and other people's. we love finding ways to make interesting installations in small spaces. we love bringing people together to look at and talk about pictures. we love making projects happen. we bring photography and books to different audiences. we love collaborating with musicians and poets. we sometimes also make beer.”

we love telling stories with photographs, both our own and other people's. we love finding ways to make interesting installations in small spaces. we love bringing people together to look at and talk about pictures. we sometimes also make beer.

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From 'Stranger', Olivia Arthur

STRANGER

On 8th April 1961 the MV Dara, a ship carrying passengers between India, Pakistan and the Gulf, sank just off the port of Dubai. An estimated 238 people lost their lives. Some bodies were never found and relatives of the missing continue to this day to search for their loved ones.
Stranger imagines a survivor returning to Dubai fifty years later, and what they would see. Through photographs and small anecdotes, the viewer is taken on a journey through a city that is both awe-inspiring and alienating. A place which has grown at breath-taking pace from a small trading port in the 1960s to a city of over 2 million in the current day, and continues to draw people from all over the world with its promise of riches. The backbone of the project is the story of the boat; and images of the submerged shipwreck are interspersed throughout the work, transporting the viewer back and forth in history and acting as a reminder of the fragility and skin-deep nature of Dubai.
The work is presented in three forms: a print exhibition; a book printed on transparent paper layering the images with text and underwater photographs of the shipwreck; an audio-visual presentation combining photographs, quotes and a specially commissioned soundtrack using recordings from Dubai.

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From 'London Ends', Philipp Ebeling, 2016.

LONDON ENDS

This is a work about the forgotten parts of London. Leaving behind the landmarks of the centre, the viewer is taken on a journey to the places where the city ceases to be a city and becomes a series of amalgamated villages, sleepy and yet full of life. The places where London ‘ends’ are the places that Ebeling has been drawn to with his camera, culminating in a 250km walk to connect them all together.

“When I moved to the city in the late 90s as a young man having grown up in a village in Germany, I was both overwhelmed and bewitched. I felt compelled to know every last corner of the place, to understand it as fully as I could. For years, in my spare-time as a student I criss-crossed the city on my bike, finding new routes to places, exploring new neighbourhoods, getting lost and soaking up every detail.”

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From 'London Ends', Philipp Ebeling, 2016.