On This Day revolves around two archives; one consists of a collection of date-stamped everyday images from Beijing, China, taken between 1985 and 2005. The other archive is the Anglo-American website onthisday, which maintains a daily register of interesting world events – seen from an Anglo-American perspective. The artists have paired the date-stamped images with events of that day from the website creating a clash in the combination of the amateur photography archive from China and random events in the west.
Accompanying the project, writer Johannes Wahlström takes on a critical historiographic approach through the text No History, No Problem.
The exhibition will open on 8th May (between 12-4pm) and run until 13th June.
We will open without an opening event and will permit a maximum of 8 visitors into the gallery at any one time. We would like to remind visitors to observe social distancing and to stay home if you are feeling even the slightest bit unwell.
Grounded in the medium of photography and deploying documentary as strategy, Klara Källström and Thobias Fäldt’s work relates to places undergoing paradigmatic changes and seeks to activate historical layers and notions of uncertainty and chance in order to draw attention to the gap between what is visible and what is told. They have been self-publishing work at B-B-B-Books for more than a decade and are engaged in the distributed and networked image, including through their own gallery project, FG2, in Gothenburg, Sweden. In 2018, Tate Modern in London acquired the complete catalog of publications by Källström and Fäldt. On This Day has been awarded Hasselblad Foundation’s Large Photo Book Grant of 2021.
Since 2009, the French collector and artist Thomas Sauvin has salvaged discarded negatives from a recycling plant on the edge of Beijing, negatives that were destined for destruction. His Beijing Silvermine archive, one of the largest archival projects in China, now encompasses over 850,000 anonymous photographs spanning the period from 1985 to 2005, thus allowing the reconstruction of a large part of the history of popular analogue photography in the country. This unceasingly evolving archive provides a visual platform for cross-cultural interactions, while impacting on our collective memory of the recent past.
Thomas Sauvin won the prize for the Exhibition of the year at Lianzhou Photo Festival in 2013. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Photography of Chicago, the Beijing Central Academy of Fine Art, and the Guangdong Museum of Art.
Over the last seven years, Thomas has published 10 photo books with the Archive of Modern Conflict (UK), Jiazazhi (CH), Skinnerboox (IT), The M Editions (FR), VOID (GREECE) as well as self-published artist books. His publications have entered the collections of TATE, the V&A, the Bibliotheque Nationale de France and the Pompidou Museum.