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Jack Latham – Parliament of Owls

Posted on Sep 3, 2020 by in Past Exhibitions

01 October - 28 February 2021


*** Physical Exhibition Currently Closed during Welsh Lockdown ***

*** Virtual Exhibition Now Available  ***

Parliament of Owls ©Jack Latham


The exhibition Parliament of Owls, by Jack Latham (scroll down for exhibition details) was due to open just before the UK wide lockdown in March. It seems such a long time ago now but we are thrilled to be able to now present the exhibition, although this will be over reduced opening days and times.

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Parliament of Owls - Jack Latham

Nestled within the redwood forests of Monte Rio, northern California, sits Bohemian Grove, a 2,700-acre retreat owned by the exclusive gentlemen’s San Francisco Bohemian Club, founded in 1872.

Every summer, the retreat is frequented by the political and business elite of the US. Shrouded in secrecy, the activities at the grove have become the subject of countless conspiracy theories and rumours.

In Jack Latham’s Parliament of Owls, he investigates the secrecy of the club and the wider political effects this has caused.



What happens when the country’s top lawmakers, politicians, artists, lawyers, and businessmen meet behind closed doors? What secrets are being swapped, plans being made? For years these questions have been at the root of protest groups and journalists hoping to expose the truth.

Latham takes the viewer on a journey of discovery, showcasing the town surrounding Bohemian Grove (the club’s rural outpost) and its people.


Main Stage at Mitchell Brothers O'Farrell Theatre, San Francisco ©Jack Latham


His photographs also depict the rise of Alex Jones—conspiracy theorist and founder of InfoWars—and how his break-in at the Grove in 2000 led him to become a household name with the antiestablishment crowd.

In an attempt to ‘expose the new world order’, Jones released alarmist footage of the club’s “Cremation of Care”, a theatrical ceremony in which an effigy of the members’ 'worldly cares' is burnt.


Phantom Patriot, Nevada, 2018 @Jack Latham.
Phantom Patriot was the name taken by Richard McCaslin of Carson City, Nevada, who, on January 19, 2002, attempted an attack on the Bohemian Grove after viewing Alex Jones’ documentary. He was imprisoned in California for 8 years. He now resides in Nevada and has a super hero base in his backyard which he refers to as the ‘Protectorate Outpost’


Beyond inspiring a bizarre attack on Bohemian Grove by a masked vigilante calling himself the Phantom Patriot in 2002, the release of the video footage, set within an alarmist context, was instrumental in increasing Jones’ profile as a far-right activist and subsequently spring-boarded infowars to become an influential outlet of fake news in recent US politics.

In 'Parliament of Owls', Jack Latham investigates the effects that a vacuum of information can cause.

The series gives only glimpses into Bohemian Grove, itself fuelling its mystery. Shot entirely in black and white, the series offers a view into the club’s winding path, or a photograph taken from the perspective of somebody hiding in the trees. The images are mysterious; they offer no answers of their own, and are therefore a vacuum of context themselves.



Monte Rio Cinema ©Jack Latham


Jack Latham (born in Cardiff, 1989) is a Welsh photographer based in the United Kingdom. His work primarily focuses on aspects of storytelling throughout society. Past works including A Pink Flamingo (2015) and Sugar Paper Theories (2016) have featured in a number of solo shows which including, Reykjavik Museum of Photography, TJ Boulting Gallery and the Royal Photographic Society. Latham’s projects have also gone on to win multiple awards including the Bar-Tur Photobook award (2015), Image Vevey - Heidi.News Prize (2019).

Parliament of Owls was winner of the BJP International Photography Award in 2019. 



Roedd disgwyl i arddangosfa 'Parliament of Owls' gan Jack Latham i agor yn union cyn y cyfnod clo ar draws y DU ym mis Mawrth. Mae hynny'n teimlo fel cryn amser yn ôl erbyn hyn ond rydym yn hynod o falch o allu cyflwyno'r arddangosfa nawr a hynny dros ddyddiau ac oriau agor sydd wedi eu lleihau.

Mae ein hadeilad gwych, Theatr Colwyn, wedi dechrau dangos ffilmiau sinema eto ac fe fyddwn yn agor Oriel Colwyn o amgylch y dyddiau agor amrywiol.

Rydym wedi rhoi newidiadau mewn grym fel y gallwch fwynhau ymweliad diogel. Fe allwch ddarllen am y newidiadau yr ydym wedi eu gwneud isod, yn ogystal â rhai canllawiau yr hoffem i chi eu dilyn wrth ymweld.

Cofiwch, arhoswch adref os rydych yn teimlo’n anhwylus neu wedi bod mewn cysylltiad gyda rhywun sydd â'r coronafeirws. Ni fyddwn yn gallu caniatáu mynediad os oes gennych unrhyw rai o symptomau Covid-19.

I helpu pawb i gadw pellter diogel rydym yn gofyn i'r holl ymwelwyr i archebu tocynnau am ddim ymlaen llaw ar gyfer slot amser dynodedig. Bydd hyn yn ein helpu ni i reoli’r nifer o bobl sy’n ymweld. Ar hyn o bryd rydym yn cyfyngu mynediad i 6 unigolyn i bob slot amser.

Fe fydd dyddiau ac amseroedd agor yr oriel yn cael eu cyhoeddi ymlaen llaw yn wythnosol ar y cyfryngau cymdeithasol ac yma lle bydd slotiau o 30 munud ar gael ar gyfer eu harchebu. Mae pob slot sydd wedi eu hamseru AM DDIM.

Nodwch os gwelwch yn dda, rydym wedi gwneud rhai newidiadau i sicrhau eich diogelwch wrth ymweld:

- Archebwch ymlaen llaw gan ein bod wedi lleihau capasiti’r oriel er mwyn darparu amgylchedd diogel ar gyfer gweld yr arddangosfa.

- Fe fyddwch yn gallu archebu hyd at 6 o docynnau, i chi eich hun a’r rhai sydd ar eich aelwyd neu yn eich swigen. I unrhyw un nad ydynt yn gallu archebu arlein rydym yn argymell ffonio 07425 157845 ac fe fyddwn yn trefnu eich tocynnau.

- Cyrhaeddwch ar yr amser ymweld yr ydych wedi ei ddewis. Cyrhaeddwch yn union cyn eich slot amser dynodedig. Os nad ydych wedi cyrraedd o fewn 10 munud i mewn i'ch slot amser mae’n bosibl y byddwn yn rhoi eich slot ar gyfer archebion galw heibio.

- Yn dilyn canllawiau newydd gan Lywodraeth Cymru mae’n rhaid i orchudd wyneb gael ei wisgo wrth i chi fynd i mewn i'r adeilad a rhaid parhau i'w wisgo am weddill eich ymweliad, oni bai fod yna eithriad yn unol â chanllawiau'r Llywodraeth.

- Yn y dderbynfa fe fyddwn yn eich croesawu ac yn gofyn am eich tocynnau. Fe allwch argraffu eich tocynnau ymlaen llaw adref, eu cyflwyno ar eich ffôn symudol neu roi eich enw.

- Wedi i chi gyrraedd bydd gofyn i chi ddiheintio eich dwylo. Fe fydd yna bwyntiau diheintio dwylo yn y fynedfa a thrwy’r adeilad er mwyn i chi eu defnyddio. Rydym yn gofyn i bawb gadw pellter cymdeithasol o 2 fetr oddi wrth eraill.

- Fe fyddwn yn gofyn am fanylion cyswllt yr holl ymwelwyr. Dim ond os y gofynnir i ni rannu manylion, os yw ymwelydd neu aelod o’r tîm yn profi’n bositif am y coronafeirws, y byddwn yn rhannu eich manylion gyda chynllun Profi, Olrhain, Diogelu GIG Cymru.

- Mae yna system unffordd ym mynedfa ac allanfa’r oriel. Defnyddiwch y prif risiau i gael mynediad i’r oriel ac ewch allan drwy’r lifft (gellir addasu hyn i weddu i unrhyw anghenion o ran mynediad).

- Dilynwch yr holl farcwyr i gadw pellter cymdeithasol a chyfarwyddiadau gan staff.

- Unwaith yr ydych yng ngofod yr oriel fe fyddwch yn rhydd i archwilio'r arddangosfa mewn dull sy'n cadw pellter cymdeithasol. Mae yna arwyddion yn ymwneud â chadw pellter diogel ac yn ymwneud â chanllawiau eraill ar y safle a bydd ein staff yn helpu i sicrhau profiad croesawgar a diogel i bawb.

Rydym eisiau i chi fod mor ddiogel â phosibl yn ystod eich ymweliad. Os oes gennych chi unrhyw gwestiynau neu bryderon holwch aelod o staff.

Parliament of Owls - Jack Latham

Yn swatio yng nghoedwigoedd cochwydd Monte Rio, gogledd California, eistedda Bohemian Grove, encil 2,700 erw sy’n eiddo i’r clwb dynion egsgliwsif San Francisco Bohemian Club, a sefydlwyd ym 1872.

Bob haf, mae elit gwleidyddol a busnes yr UDA yn mynychu’r encil. Dan len o ddirgelwch, mae gweithgareddau’r gelli wedi dod yn destun damcaniaethau cynllwyn a sïon diri.

Yn Parliament of Owls, mae Jack Latham yn ymchwilio i gyfrinachedd y clwb a’r effeithiau gwleidyddol ehangach a achoswyd gan hyn.

Beth sy’n digwydd pan fod prif lunwyr deddfau, gwleidyddion, artistiaid, cyfreithwyr a dynion busnes yn cwrdd tu ôl i ddrysau caeedig? Pa gyfrinachau sy’n cael eu cyfnewid, pa gynlluniau sy’n cael eu creu? Ers blynyddoedd, dyma’r cwestiynau sydd wedi bod wrth wraidd y grwpiau protest a’r gwleidyddion sy’n gobeithio datgelu’r gwir.

Mae Latham yn mynd â’r gwyliwr ar daith o ddarganfyddiad, gan dynnu sylw at y dref sy’n amgylchynu Bohemian Grove (cadarnle gwledig y clwb) a’i phobl.

Y Prif Lwyfan yn Theatr Mitchell Brothers O'Farrell, San Francisco ©Jack Latham


Mae ei ffotograffau hefyd yn darlunio esgyniad Alex Jones – damcaniaethwr cynllwynion a sylfaenydd InfoWars – a sut y daeth yn enw cyfarwydd ymhlith y criw gwrthsefydliadol ar ôl torri i mewn i’r Grove yn 2000.

Mewn ymgais i ‘ddadorchuddio’r drefn fyd-eang newydd’, rhyddhaodd Jones ddelweddau a berodd ddychryn o "Cremation of Care” y clwb, Seremoni theatraidd lle mae corffddelw o ‘ofalon bydol’ yr aelodau’n cael ei losgi.


Phantom Patriot, Nevada, 2018 @Jack Latham.
Phantom Patriot oedd yr enw a gymerwyd gan Richard McCaslin o Carson City, Nevada, pan geisiodd ymosod ar Bohemian Grove ar 19 Ionawr, 2020, ar ôl gwylio rhaglen ddogfen Alex Jones. Cafodd ei garcharu am 8 mlynedd yng Nghaliffornia. Mae bellach yn byw yn Nevada ac mae ganddo ganolfan uwch arwr yn ei ardd gefn y mae’n cyfeirio ato fel y ‘Protectorate Outpost’


Y tu hwnt i ysbrydoli ymosodiad bisâr ar Bohemian Grove gan warchodwr dan fwgwd yn galw ei hin yn Phantom Patriot yn 2002, roedd rhyddhau’r lluniau fideo, a osodwyd o fewn cyd-destun o ddychryn, yn ganolog i gynyddu proffil Jones fel gweithredwr asgell dde eithafol a roddodd lwyfan wedi hynny i Infowars fod yn ffynhonnell newyddion ffug a fu’n ddylanwadol yng ngwleidyddiaeth ddiweddar yr UDA.

Yn ‘Parliament of Owls’, mae Jack Latham yn ymchwilio i’r effeithiau y gall gwagle gwybodaeth ei achosi.

Dim ond cipolwg mae’r gyfres yn ei rhoi i mewn i Bohemian Grove, sydd ei hun yn tanio'r dirgelwch. Wedi’i saethu’n llwyr mewn du a gwyn, mae’r gyfres yn cynnig golygfa o lwybr troellog y clwb, neu ffotograff a gymerwyd o bersbectif rhywun yn cuddio yn y coed. Mae’r delweddau’n ddirgel; nid ydynt yn cynnig atebion o ran eu hunain, ac felly'n wagle o gyd destun o ran eu hunain.



Monte Rio Cinema ©Jack Latham


Mae Jack Latham (a anwyd yng Nghaerdydd, 1989) yn ffotograffydd Cymreig wedi’i leoli yn y DU. Mae ei weithiau’n canolbwyntio’n bennaf at agweddau o adrodd hanesion ledled cymdeithas.  Mae gweithiau blaenorol, gan gynnwys A Pink Flamingo (2015) a Sugar Paper Theories (2016) wedi ymddangos mewn nifer o sioeau unigol gan gynnwys Amgueddfa Ffotograffiaeth Reykjavik, Oriel TJ Boulting a'r Gymdeithas Ffotograffig Frenhinol. Mae prosiectau Latham hefyd wedi mynd yn eu blaenau i ennill gwobrau lluosog gan gynnwys gwobr Bar-Tur Photobook (2015), Gwobr Image Vevey - Heidi.News (2019).

Parliament of Owls oedd enillydd Gwobr Ffotograffiaeth Ryngwladol BJP yn 2019.