'With the Name of a Flower' by Vera Hadzhiyska - An MA Photography solo exhibition

With the Name of a Flower by Vera Hadzhiyska

MA Photography solo show

3rd - 7th September 2019

Four Corners Galley (121 Roman Rd, Bethnal Green, London E2 0QN)

Preview night: Tue 3rd Sept, 6 - 9 pm
Open: 4th - 7th Sept, 11 am - 6 pm

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Krasimira Butseva, a solo exhibition at EEP Berlin

EEP Berlin presents Balkan Mine
solo exhibition & events

Private view: 11th of July, Thursday 7PM

Open daily: 12th - 14th July 2019

Address: EEP Berlin's Gallery Space. Liegnitzer Str. 34 | 10999 Berlin

Balkan Mine is an extensive research of the shifting layers of history, memory and trauma related to the forced labour camps of the Bulgarian communist regime (1946-89) by photographer and researcher Krasimira Butseva (1994, BG).

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In a multimedia installation including film, photography, sculpture and layers of sound, she is recreating her personal journey through the spaces where a dictatorship was once enforced at its hardest. This ongoing project starting in 2016 is Butseva’s collection of accounts of victims and a record of her own subconscious and fragmented experience of history as an outsider. By letting the spectator become part of the intimate narratives of both the survivors and the artist, she is able to construct an image of unseen historical events and formulate a bridge between past and present, thus referencing the unspoken trauma carried within a society and its future generations.

Curated by Krasimira Butseva & Maya Hristova.

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Public Programme

13th July | Saturday 5pm
Remembering whilst Forgetting / In conversation Krasimira Butseva & Maya Hristova

Curator Maya Hristova talks to Bulgarian-born-London-based artist Krasimira Butseva about her exhibition 'Balkan Mine', which includes a series of films and photographs investigating the collective silence and denial of the human rights violations of the communist regime in Bulgaria. 

14th July | Sunday, 4pm
Trauma as Ritual / Reading & Writing Group

Krasimira Butseva will do a series of readings of texts which have influenced her work on 'Balkan mine'. From excerpts of fictional stories to history books, artists’ texts and archival documents, this session will blur the lines between real and imagined allowing for the artist’s narrative to come across. The reading will also be followed by a writing exercise in relation to the themes discussed.

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About

Krasimira Butseva has an MA & BA degrees in Photography from the University of Portsmouth, she has exhibited her work at Seen Fifteen Gallery, London (2019), Phoenix Gallery, Brighton Photo Fringe (2018), In motion / Prototype, Sofia, Bulgaria (2017), Four Corners Gallery, London (2017), Pingyao International Photography Festival, China (2016) and Uncertain States / Mile End Art Pavilion, London (2016). She's also a co-creator of Revolv, a photographers' collective working with British universities and art institutions, with the goal of discovering new experimental forms of creating and teaching photography in the form of lectures, workshops and exhibitions.

krasimirabutseva.co.uk | IG: krasimirabutseva
revolv.org.uk | IG: revolvcollective

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EEP Berlin is an independent platform for contemporary photography from Eastern Europe. Its focus lies in exhibiting the work of Eastern European artists, emerging and established, and presenting it to Berlin audiences.

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The Space In Between - A Solo Exhibition by Callum Beaney

Nottingham Trent University graduate Callum Beaney’s first solo exhibition will be opening at Nottingham’s Lakeside Arts from September 15th to October 28th. He is winner of the Genesis Imaging Bursary Award 2017.

The exhibition will present new work made in the forests and tracks surrounding his home, showing two different perspectives on these same places; one a development of his previous work taking form in folded scrolls, and the other an installation of work made at night exploring the limits of human and mechanical perception.

 
From the Lakeside Arts Sep - Nov 18 brochure

From the Lakeside Arts Sep - Nov 18 brochure

 

Building upon my established practice, The Space In Between is a refinement of my attention towards the production of artist books, and towards the forests and their peripheries.

Though at a distance appearing still, as though held from time, the forest’s inhabitants experience perpetual, cycling change. Reflecting aspects of one another in these spaces, these phenomena define themselves in their coexistence, their continuity, these shifting moments revealing their shared aspects - and our place in relation to them. Concerned with this interconnectedness, this transience, and the experience of time and space within these places, I envisage these connections in the form of orihon - folded scrolls.

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Images from the series  The Space In Between

Images from the series The Space In Between

No Flashlight/Sensor Burnout explores these same spaces on the night following a snowstorm. Having forgotten my torch, snow became my guide home, all above ground indiscernible. As clouds blanketed, the eyes’ internal processes revealed themselves; replacing absolute darkness with nonexistent, shifting forms.

The stillness of these places, within which my practice has resided for several years, had suddenly become threatening, space and distance pulling upon one another. Manipulating and exacerbating traces of the residual heat signature of my camera’s sensor, this phenomenon would find a digital analogon, manifesting as simulated vision too began to fail.

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Images from the series No Flashlight/Sensor Burnout

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Gökhan Tanriöver, debut solo show at Argentea Gallery. 18th May – 30th June 2018

Argentea Gallery
Confessionals
Gökhan Tanriöver
18th May – 30th June 2018
Opening: Thursday 17th May, 6-8pm

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Images from the series Confessionals

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Argentea Gallery is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of Gökhan Tanriöver’s Confessionals.

Comprising a series of black and white still life photographs, Confessionals is based on specific childhood experiences. Guided by Annette Kuhn’s process of ‘memory work’, a method and practice of unearthing and making public untold stories, Tanriöver’s personal memories are made tangible through the photograph. Each experience is first presented as a written confession from which an image is then constructed and the combination of image and text weaves a poignant autobiographical narrative.

This singularity of intent about the work, the public exposure of private experiences, is shown through the use of black and white. By removing the potential distraction of colour, Tanriöver has created images that are the embodiment of contrary forces. Black, being visually heavy and associated with power, authority and evil, is starkly contrasted with white, a colour that projects purity and salvation and is synonymous with new beginnings. Working with analogue, the studio and the darkroom are the physical space where Tanriöver’s meditative state acts as a form of autotherapy. This process has allowed him to produce images where these opposing forces of black and white don’t compete, but rather complement each other to communicate more effectively ideas of opposition and comparison, association and acceptance.

By offering his own emotional and psychological life as art, Tanriöver invites the viewer to share in his meditations on sorrow and remembrance.

Gokhan Tanriover is a Turkish-born photographic artist living in London. Following a brief medical career, he realised his vocation lay in visual culture. Drawing on his training as a junior psychiatrist his work consists of constructed imagery that focuses on personal and cultural identity informed by personal experience and memory.

After completing his BA (Hons) Photographic Art (2017) from the University of Westminster he has been shortlisted for the Peaches and Cream photography competition (2017) and selected as a finalist in the Royal Photographic Society International Photography Exhibition 160. His work has been included in 18 group exhibitions including Separation and Belonging that he co-curated as part of the Whitechapel Gallery’s First Thursday tour in May 2016. In 2017 he was chosen to participate in the Travers Smith CSR Art programme.

'Aomori' - A Solo Exhibition by Alexander Mourant

Falmouth University graduate Alexander Mourant was featured on Photograd in 2017 and he's back again this year with a solo show!


Alexander Mourant was born in Jersey, Channel Islands in 1994. He studied BA (Hons) Photography at Falmouth University. His work has been featured extensively online with British Journal of Photography, AINT-BAD, The Plantation Journal, Pylot Magazine and TRIP Magazine. Alexander has also exhibited a variety of work, most notably with CCA Galleries, Mall Galleries and in a duo show held at the Royal Geographical Society, London. He was a recent finalist for the South West Graduate Photography Prize and the winner of the FR Award 2017 for his graduate series Aurelian. Alexander is working towards his first major solo show held at The Old Truman Brewery, February 2018.

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Aomori meaning “blue forest” in Japanese, is a synthesis of two existential ideas: the forest and the nature of blue. By combing these phenomenologically charged subjects, I create a place of high intensity, a place which exudes a life force and questions our relationship to time, colour and self.

Previously, through my photographs, I employed atmospheric conditions such as humidity, alongside tropical flora and fauna enclosed in artificial spaces, as a metaphor, for elsewhere. Through Aomori, I have expanded these territories to the ancestral forests of Japan. It is the presence of the forest and the density of its nature, which arrests for us, the relentless progression of time. It is peculiar how forests have such an affect on us. In our mind’s eye they exist continually in the past. Perhaps, it is the canopy of the trees which shelter us from gently falling light and the intoxication of time and duration. As temporal dimensions crumble, objectivity leaves us. We are found in a still, oneiric state, contemplating our own accumulation of experience.

www.alexandermourant.com

Instagram: @alexandermourant

Twitter: @alex_mourant

'Deluge' - A Solo Exhibition by Alice Wills

University of Huddersfield graduate Alice Wills was one of the first to be Featured on Photograd in 2017 and she's back again this year with a solo show!


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Image from the series Deluge

Deluge is a landscape project that explores the concept of a constantly changing world and the realisation as we grow up that nothing ever stays the same forever. Throughout this project I have revisited places from my own childhood and using the movement of water as a metaphor for transformation, I have explored feelings such as nostalgia, loss, compassion and acceptance. I have also explored the lack of control we have over the world around us and the changes that face us in the future, both in the natural world and our own personal lives. All images in this project were taken in Cumbria in the aftermath of Storm Desmond and the floods in December 2015.

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Image from the series Deluge

Details of the exhibition

Location: Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, Cumbria

Dates: 17th January - 24th February 2018

Times: 12 noon - 8pm, 7 days a week

Entry: Free!

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Image from the series Deluge

Find out more about Alice here

Website: www.alicewillsphotography.com

Instagram: @alicewillsphotography

Twitter: @alicewillsphoto

Facebook: Alice Wills Photography

Read Alice's Feature here to find out more about Deluge.