Having visited the week 2 of the Free Range Photo Degree Shows at Truman Brewery over the weekend, I was pleasantly surprised with the diversity and quality of work on display.
Following on from the last week’s review, I am publishing a small selection of my personal highlights from the show:
Presentation: There was a lot of innovative and original presentation ideas that included unusual printing techniques, display methods and installation, which added another layer of meaning to the work, not merely masking poor photography with fancy packaging (as is often the case). Some of my favorites were:
- Jack W Wareing’s images from Embracing the Void series, printed on old recipes and underground tickets, ‘exposing the disposability and temporality of individual within the medium of photography’ (Folka, University of Creative Arts, Farnham)
- Inspired by Franco Vaccari’s work, presented at Venice Biennale in 1972, Louise Southgate invited the show visitors to contribute to her Exhibition in Real Time by visiting a photo booth she set up in B5. An interesting and brave choice of topic for a degree show! (Colchester School of Arts)
- Alice Flannery’s installation can hardly be described with words – you need to see and experience it to understand the feeling of being surrounded by a dozen naked women in foggy glassed jars (Spectrum, Nottingham Trent University)
- Rhiannon Creese’s frame grid addressing the issues of child sex abuse (University of Derby)
Body: Human bodies appear on photographs time and time again, and while there were a lot of interesting portraits on display, the two still lives really stood out from the crowd:
- Chloe Rosser‘s Form transforms familiar human body into ‘mindless mass of flesh, both intriguing and repelling’ (F-lux, Falmouth University)
- Tammy M Sills project Love, Loss and Change exploring the relationship between human body domestic environments (University of Derby)
Colour: Again, an integral part of many images, several artists chose colour as core concept to their work. Interesting examples of this are portfolio of the two F-lux photographers, Madeleine Kimberley’s Migration and Chloe Zebedee’s Red.
There was a surprising lack in interesting photo books, most of the ones I came across felt like a broader selection of prints on the wall, rather than an artwork in itself (and for many project less would definitely be more). Moreover, not many documentary stories left an impression, but, I suppose, the majority of work on display was from art, rather than journalism focused courses. An exception to this statement is Sunday Girls – a very sweet, but seeming unfinished projectby Sophie Brock from Polka.
Finally, keeping the best for last, my absolute favorite work from both weeks of Free Range Photo Shows is Familiar Dream by Leanne Healeyfrom F-lux – it’s visually arresting and captivating combination of documentary, fashion and fine art and is still work in progress! Can’t wait to see more!