Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen gives the artist’s keynote of UrbanPhotoFest 2016, covering the span of her work in the North East of England since 1969. Beginning with her Byker series, of which a number of photographs are currently part of the Tate Modern display Living Cities, Konttinen touches on several projects before coming full circle to Byker Revisited of 2009.
UrbanPhotoFest is an annual photographic arts festival focusing on cities and urban spaces across a variety of global contexts. This year’s theme is Photography, Memory and the Archive.
Finnish-born Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen is a founder member of the Amber Film & Photography Collective, based in Newcastle upon Tyne since 1969. She works both as a photographer and a filmmaker. Her long-term projects, along with Amber’s films, were inscribed in the UNESCO UKMemory of the World Register in 2011.
This event is organised in partnership between Tate, the Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR), Goldsmiths, University of London; Kingston University; Falmouth University, Openvizor and the Urban Photographers’ Association (UPA)
Tate Talks is supported by The J Isaacs Charitable Trus