This weekend’s key shows are each tied to a distinct sense of place, capturing life in diverse locations such as Mali, London, Italy and Belgium.
Through a vivid use of colour and a strong flash, Swedish photographer Tunbjörk (1956-2015) captured striking everyday observations. The images combine humour and darkness with striking effect. Until 2 December.
This show investigates Italy’s profound impact on celebrated photographer Woodman’s (1958-1981) practice, exploring how the ephemeral photographs blend Italian cultural history with elements of narrative and performance. From 15 September.
London Design Festival returns to venues across the city, offering a series of inspiring shows. Featured: RIBA’s presentation highlights Urban Splash’s ongoing commitment to sustainability, housing and conservation. Until 23 September.
Bringing together studio portraiture, nightlife photography and documentary imagery, this exhibition highlights the full range of Sidibé’s (1936-2016) oeuvre, presenting post-independence Bamako, Mali, as a lively, youthful centre. Until 6 October.
Gruyaert’s (b. 1941) works offer a striking synthesis of colour, form and light, bringing together fragments of the everyday through a unique, painterly approach to photography. This show focuses on images captured in Belgium. Until 3 November.
1. Harry Gruyaert, Brussels, Belgium, 1981. ©Harry Gruyaert | Courtesy Gallery FIFTY ONE
2. Sweden from the Winter Series, 2007 © Lars Tunbjörk.
3. Francesca Woodman, From Eel Series, Venice, Italy, 1978. © Charles Woodman Courtesy Charles Woodman, and Victoria Miro, London/Venice.
4. Park Hill, Sheffield.
5. Nuit de Noël (Happy-club), 1963 Collection Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris © Malick Sidibé.
6. Harry Gruyaert, Belgium, Brussels. Place Flagey, 1981. ©Harry Gruyaert | Courtesy Gallery FIFTY ONE