As many may know, I've recently completed my Masters degree in Photography and Urban Cultures in the Sociology department at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Whilst the formal submission took the form of a 10,000 word dissertation and a visual portfolio, it's tradition for the graduating year to hold an exhibition celebrating the work developed during the programme.
This year the exhibition manifested as Habitus - held at the Menier Gallery from Oct 20th - 25th, and part of the Urban Photo Fest 2014. The exhibition is planned, funded, curated, installed and executed by the graduating class themselves, and is testament to the skills and collective vision of a very supportive group of individuals.
My work took the form of 4 lightbox installations, each comprised of Lamda C-type Duratrans prints from the fabulous Genesis Imaging, led lighting, edge-lit moveable laser-etched acrylic and bespoke framing. You can read about the initial concept of the work here, and I'll post more about the construction and theory in the coming weeks.
Unsurprisingly, I made something (once again) that translates much better in the real world than in photographs, but some rough shots of the installation are below.
The gallery itself was a fantastic space in which to exhibit, and the work of the collective as a whole was both conceptually strong and very professionally presented.
From the exhibition description 'The approach and focus of the research varies from in-depth exploration of familial histories to the impact of major regeneration projects, subculture studies to techno-waste in Ghana, visual contrast in the city to the fringes of tactile perception and memory.
As urban sociologists, the group is brought together by a keen interest in the narratives that underlie the city and our existence within it. The artists adopt multidisciplinary attitudes in their works and draw influences from art practice, philosophy, journalism, sociology, geography and architecture. They bring a diverse point of view and critical eye, through their discovery of everyday life within the urban realm.
Through the connection of theory, practice and discussion the participants have engaged in core themes of urban cultures and this exhibition is visual manifestation of the collective dialogue.'
It was a pleasure to work with the group and I'd encourage you all to explore their work further in the Artists section on the Habitus site.
You can find some installation shots of the whole exhibition below.
I'd also like to offer a huge thanks to everyone who supported me in getting to this point, in particular Simon Saint (more of that when we talk of the joys and frustrations of lightbox construction...), my family and friends, colleagues at the Bartlett and Picfair and everyone involved in the Photography and Urban Cultures programme.