Event Report: 'Traces' - MA Photography at the University of Sunderland

The Traces exhibition showcases the work of MA Photography students from the University of Sunderland and contains a thematic similarity whilst showing a diverse set of approaches. Held at the Priestman Gallery in Sunderland with the Private Viewing held on Thursday 13th of October, each artist produced work with aspects of loss, memory and relationships, examining the traces we leave. 

Above; Traces installation images

In The Entropy Garden, Mara Acoma examines the idea of a relationship with a place forming the embodiment of memories and future dreams in an external locus for consciousness.  Considering the garden itself as a collaborator from the act of creating the initial images through post-production into objects by the submersion of the prints into the garden pond. The exhibition installation focused on the emotional response aspects of the project and incorporated video featuring birdsong from the garden.

Image from the series  The Entropy Garden  by Mara Acoma

Image from the series The Entropy Garden by Mara Acoma

Geoffrey Bradford considers the place of work itself along with objects and the traces of human presence. Rather than viewing his work as having a specific end point of resolution he focuses instead on how each piece of work sets up new questions and further opportunities; ‘what if’ or ‘supposing’ and ‘how would that work’? An approach reflected by his project title of ‘building works’, which shares a variety of objects, created from 3 dimensional constructs, to imaginary machines and transparencies for the visitor to create their own images.

Image by Geoffrey Bradford

Image by Geoffrey Bradford

Lauren Sadie Marsden explores the possibility of what might have been in her project Ginny.  After the passing of her father left a partially finished roll of film in his camera, she explores what might have been by stepping into his shoes to complete the 24 exposures.  Exploring the idea of a life journey interrupted through the conventions of the family album and the role of the photograph in the making of memories from the fragments of daily life.

Image from the series  Ginny  by Lauren Sadie Marsden

Image from the series Ginny by Lauren Sadie Marsden

Maria Ferrie expresses the discomfort and psychological implications involved in experiencing derealisation and depersonalisation in The Island With No Sunshine. Photographs are used as a diaristic tool through which the author investigated her own perception. Alongside therapy, this allowed her to discover repressed emotions to slowly get back in touch with herself and her pain. She explored her Spanish/English hybrid identity and family history while investigating the relationship between loss, memory and identity.

Image from the series  The Island With No Sunshine  by Maria Ferrie

Image from the series The Island With No Sunshine by Maria Ferrie

In A Day That Transcends Tomorrow, Vikki Scott reflects the fleeting motion of life, and the melancholy of seeing things in their current state for the last time. The Polaroid photograph serves as a fossilisation of a present moment in time, it is the impression of that moment embedded and preserved in petrified form. The fossilised state of the polaroid photograph shares a painful paradox with the evanescence of memory and time, and that one day these photographic objects will represent nothing but a fragment of a moment – achingly familiar, yet deeply alienating. 

Image  from the series   A Day That Transcends Tomorrow  by Vikki Scott 

Image from the series A Day That Transcends Tomorrow by Vikki Scott 

Emma Jane Biggins considers the emotional and psychological aspects of alcoholism in Beneath The Surface.  Examining sufferers’ internal anguish and feelings of low self-worth through the use of familiar domestic iconography to reveal the turmoil and trauma. The work considers the loneliness and isolation pushing towards a numbing of emotions with alcohol rather than simply a lack of self-control. 

Image  from the series   Beneath The Surface  by Emma Jane Biggins 

Image from the series Beneath The Surface by Emma Jane Biggins 

Event Report: 'Bloom', Vortigern Gallery, Margate.

The Photograd Event Reporter blog series continues with 2016 Photography graduate, Emma Sage. We found her work at Free Range, featured her image and review via our dedicated Spotlight, and she's now part of a collective exhibition based in Margate. This post is written from Emma's perspective so carry on reading to find out more about herself and her exhibition experience.

Bloom  poster, image from the series  Homeland  by  Scott Thomas .

Bloom poster, image from the series Homeland by Scott Thomas.

Just a brief bit about me, I’ll keep it short and sweet and get to the interesting part, the photography of course!

I’m Emma Sage, a graduate from the BA (hons) Photography course at Middlesex University. My personal practise tends to concern the landscape and environments (check it out here if you like: www.emma-sage.com), but where looking at or researching photography is concerned, I’m not into sticking to one genre!

So I’m going to just let you all know about Bloom, an exhibition for recent Middlesex Photography Graduates running at the Vortigern gallery in Margate, it’s a rather sweet little place, pretty close to the sea front, so you can enjoy some great work and then go for a paddle after!

The work rotates each week, our tutor, Mark McEvoy, has been curating the show. There is selected work (i.e. a chosen piece from a students Final Major Project) and one ‘feature’ wall, which includes a larger selection of work from a chosen students series. So there’s a fresh mix of varied work every week, which keeps it exciting!

As I have mentioned, the space is fairly small, but there’s also a rather interesting selection of photography books, everything from more local photographers to biggies like Martin Parr and Rinko Kawauchi, so it’s varied and there’s something for everybody. There’s also a collection of postcards, prints and magazines to buy.

Below are a few photos to give a better idea of what we’ve been getting up to.

 
^Left to right: Devon Hampshire, Domante Kantauskaitė, Zowwi Ranford, & Wai Lap Mok.  This was week one, a lovely mix of varied work.

^Left to right: Devon Hampshire, Domante Kantauskaitė, Zowwi Ranford, & Wai Lap Mok.

This was week one, a lovely mix of varied work.

 
 
^Left to Right: Joe Brayford, Michal Wrona & Marta Liley-Gray.

^Left to Right: Joe Brayford, Michal Wrona & Marta Liley-Gray.

 
 
^My own work from the series  Aethon .

^My own work from the series Aethon.

 

The feature wall has been pretty varied, Wai Lap Mok kicked things off for week one. We get to do our own thing (within reason). I decided to write on the wall, which was fun! In the upcoming weeks Kaya Murray and Erika Krapavickaitė will have their work on the feature wall so check it out!

 
^And just in case you need more persuading to come and give Margate and the Vortigern a visit, there’s one of Margate’s famous ‘Turner Skies’!

^And just in case you need more persuading to come and give Margate and the Vortigern a visit, there’s one of Margate’s famous ‘Turner Skies’!

 
<^ The selection of books and postcards available at the gallery.

<^ The selection of books and postcards available at the gallery.

Gallery Opening Times:
Mon: Closed
Tues 2:30pm-5:30pm
Wed 11am - 5pm
Thurs 11am - 5pm
Fri 11am - 5pm
Sat 11am - 5pm
Sun 12pm - 5pm

NOTE: not open 6th - 7th August

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