About the MAP6 Photography Collective
The MAP6 photography collective is a group of 9 photographers working together to learn, experiment and make new work about the complex relationship between people and place. Annually, the group travel to a place new to everyone, and over the course of a week, the group work to form a collective, photographic impression of that place through its landscape and people. Each project eventually takes the form of a curated exhibition, series of talks or group publication. Each photographers approach is informed by a need to document and try to understand the complicated nuances that give a specific place its own unique characteristics, and how these characteristics reflect and inform what is happening in the wider world.
The primary focus, during each project phase, is the collaborative process that is at the heart of the group. That takes many forms - from working collaboratively in the process of picture making to editing and directing each other’s work. MAP6 have also worked with guest photographers and speakers at previous events and continue to welcome new members. For the past 6 years the group have experimented with, and deepened their understanding of, what artistic collaboration looks like for them as individuals and the group as a whole. MAP6 have been exhibiting the outcomes of these collaborative ventures throughout the UK and abroad since 2011, most recently at Milton Keynes Art Gallery, the Vilnius Photographers Gallery and the Phoenix Gallery in Brighton.
The Shetland Project
Closer to the Arctic circle than to London and sharing a latitude with Anchorage, Alaska, Shetland is the Scottish archipelago of over 100 islands (only 12 of which are said to be inhabited) that sit to the very north of the United Kingdom. Six photographers traveled the islands for six days to reflect on the this unique environment, in an attempt to help further our understanding of the archipelago.
The Milton Keynes Project
The plan for Milton Keynes was visionary. A garden city organised around a rigid grid. A low green lush place, planned for the car with self-contained neighbourhoods at its core. Over an intensive long weekend in March, MAP6 visited Milton Keynes to coincide with its 50th birthday, to create a document of a poignant moment in the history of the city. Eight photographers captured its geography, people, architecture and history to create an overlapping, collaborative project.
The Lithuania Project
January 1st 2015, Lithuania, the last of the Baltic states, became the 19th country to join the Eurozone – with cash machines dispensing the newly designed notes at 30 minutes past midnight. Many of the country’s 3 million residents welcomed the move, believing themselves to be one step closer to being seen as “European”. Over 6 days 6 photographers set out to explore Lithuania’s transformation from communism to capitalism, and how it copes with its newfound Eurozone identity.
The Moscow Project
MAP6 travelled to Russia, to discover contemporary Moscow, documenting this inimitable city as it continues to wrestles with change.
The Home Project
Be it returning home or examining home, revisiting the historical power of home or the mythical relationships between memory and home, MAP6 explores the significance of Home.