Highlights of some of the Photography & Film projects from a busy and varied year at Chris Leslie Pictures
/ REIMAGINING GLASGOW
A commission by GIA for the Festival of Architecture 2016
The film playfully reworks archive film from Oscar Marzaroli’s 1970 film Glasgow 1980 and uses previously unseen footage shot by Marzaroli for an uncompleted follow-up film, Glasgow’s Progress, alongside new footage of Glasgow today. It shows how Glasgow has been torn down, reimagined and transformed, and questions the city’s seemingly never ending urban renewal.
The premiere screening of [Re]Imagining Glasgow was held during the Glasgow Short Film Festival at the GFT Cinema in March 2016 – selling out Cinema 1 (400 + seats)
/ CLOSING KRUSHARI – BULGARIA
A commission by Lumos – the international NGO set up by JK Rowling
Lumos is an International charity set up by JK Rowling that works to help the millions of children in institutions worldwide regain their right to a family. Chris Leslie Pictures have been working with Lumos since 2010 documenting through film and photography their groundbreaking work in Moldova, Czech Republic and Bulgaria.
Krushari was the most notorious and largest state institution in Bulgaria for children with severe and complex disabilities. This short film for the charity Lumos gives insight into what life was like for young people living in the institution and revisits some of Krushari’s residents in their new home. In December 2015 the last young person left Krushari, and the institution was closed, for good. Directed, Filmed, and edited by Chris Leslie.
/ BRIGHTEN THE CORNER WHERE YOU ARE – GOVAN
A Recollective project – commission by Aberlour
As part of the Recollective Artists – Chris Leslie worked with Aberlour Youthpoint in Govan to document the work of the charity, its young people and its relationship with the African Arts Centre. He spent several months shadowing Aberlour’s youth workers and Chief Amu – a Govan based artist originally from Ghana as well as interviewing the young people about their experiences.
The output of the project was Brighten the Corner Where You Are: newspaper, website of photographs, a multimedia film, illustrations, a dialectogram and an essay which interwove verbatim interviews with creative non-fiction. Project website can be viewed here >
/ DISAPPEARING GLASGOW BOOK
Published by Freight Books – A4 Landscape Hardback, 192pp
‘Fascinating and highly emotive.’There’s something about a still image of something gone wrong that’s truly haunting. Perhaps to do with the age we live in, where everything is fast-moving and fleeting, that something grounded can have such a lasting effect. That’s what Chris Leslie brings to the table in Disappearing Glasgow. FIVE STARS’ The Skinny
‘Chris Leslie builds on that erudite pointed critical observation and legacy of photography from the Victorian photographer Thomas Annan, through to Marzaroli. The city is fortunate to have such a critical friend, the contemporary conscience of our generation, able to aim his lens with astonishing focus, at the same time capturing the beauty, sadness and poignant with a pointed dignity.’ Page and Park Architects
‘Fascinating and highly emotive.’ i-on
Disappearing Glasgow is available from most book outlets and can also be purchased online here >
/ DISAPPEARING GLASGOW EXHIBITION AND LECTURES
Exhibition and sell out Illustrated talks at the Glasgow School of Art, Document Film Festival, Aye Write Book Festival, Glasgow Heritage Trust, Doors Open Day and Docomomo Scotland
In co-ordination with the book launch and exhibition at the Glasgow School of Art Chris Leslie held several illustrated talks including the Reid Auditorium lecture hall at the GSA. Several other screenings and book events sold out across the city from September to November 2016
/ BBC INTERVIEW
/ New multimedia Disappearing Glasgow exhibition at the Lighthouse, Glasgow – via Architecture & Design Scotland – Jan 20th – Feb 20th
/ Lectures at AYE Write Festival in March 2016 and at London College of Communication
/ Short documentary film on Social Research in Glasgow to be released – commission by GCPH