The City Speaks Exhibition and Skateboarding Contest – Event Photography by Peter Denness

by Peter Denness

I recently had an amazing opportunity to fly out to Geneva and do some event photography for the British Council. The event in question was the opening of the fantastic City Speaks Exhibition commissioned by the British Council and produced in partnership with Maslaha . The exhibition “explores how creative expression has been vital to shaping city spaces, and how cities in turn have inspired some of the greatest art, performance, and architecture, including ideas which have changed the world” (British Council Press Release) The venue for the event was the Palais des Nations, the home of the UN in Geneva, a massive and visually impressive building like nowhere I’ve ever been before. The exhibition opened at noon and there was a short address by several speakers including Ms Karen Elizabeth Pierce, the British Ambassador, Caroline Morrissey, Director, British Council Switzerland and Ms Susie McKenna, Creative Director of London’s Hackney Empire! Guests then mingled and enjoyed the 3D instillation which makes up the City Speaks experience.

This was then followed by a skateboarding competition between the UK and Switzerland, hosted by Jim from Pulp 68. The UK team, who ran out the eventual winners, consisted of Helena Long and Daryl Dominguez and the Swiss team was represented by  Lucien Wampfler and  Vanessa Udriot. The event was held on the Place de Nations, in front of the UN headquaters and also attended by the British Ambassador who presented the trophy.

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