Exploring 'new' territories, studying the concept of a micro generation described as Xennials (an original analysis through photographic practice), Xennial (my new series) will explore an uncharted generation that bridges the gap between two eras described as X gens and Millennials, while broadening the perspective of Welsh culture through the device of photography and lens based media.
Set in the peripheral of a small ex-mining village in the Gwendraeth Valley, at the dawn of a new era, this project will be a visual and multi media collaboration, which attempts to provide a modern and un-clichéd perspective of Welsh-ness, and a rare look into one of Wales lesser explored culturally rich communities. Celebrating the wonder of childhood, friendship, and all things welsh, Dreaming in Colour will tell the tale of an 80s generation that saw the best of both worlds, old and new, while expanding the visual identity of Wales beyond its stereotypical archetypes.
Xennial is currently made up of four parts and available through a variety of mediums and outlets as follows:
An integral component of this project, Y Broncs is a live, raw, interactive documentary series, based in the Gwendraeth Valley. Charting a generation of Welsh ‘Tumble folk’ that belonged to a completely different era. Comprising of Seventeen Weekly Webisodes, this is an alternative look at the 'Now and Then' while examining the concept of community and its social structures. (Available now on: www.huwdaviesphotography.com)
Xennial - Exhibit X
Unlike anything else, Exhibit X is an Retro Instagram feature that pushes the boundaries. Packed with visual and written narratives that will take you on a journey back in time, stirring your senses, while inviting you to contribute your own memories. In an attempt to create a document that is a true reflection of a generation lost.
(Starts 04 September over on Instagram)
Xennial - Dreaming in Colour
Featured as part of Many Voices One Nation, a touring exhibition curated by Ffotogallery and the National Assembly for Wales. Forming part of the programme of events and activities throughout 2019 to mark the first 20 years of devolution in Wales. Xennial explores the concept of a micro generation that bridges the gap between two eras described as X gens and Millennials, while broadening the perspective of Welsh culture through the device of photography and lens based media.
(Opens at the Senedd, Cardiff, Thursday 05 September)
Xennial - Existentialist
Including a collection of voices, existentialist is a new collaborative blog / diary (similar to Prince St), which attempts to paint a bigger picture of what it was like to grow up in the Gwendraeth Valley, Wales, during the 80s and 90s.
(Starts this September)