Ajamu: Photographing The Black Queer Body

Originally appeared on Open Eye Gallery blog, 29/03/2014 Growing up as a black, gay male in 1980’s Conservative Britain, Ajamu’s work tells of the struggle for self-identification experienced by so many during a period rife with racism and homophobia. Yet, as much as his work deals with the difficulties involved in inhabiting this complex area…

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Zissou Pictures: From Fashion to Narrative Film

In 2009, internationally renowned fashion designer and film director Tom Ford momentarily traversed genres, bringing to the screens his carefully stylised, Oscar nominated directorial debut A Single Man. With its acclaimed Hollywood cast, Ford’s initiatory entrance into the feature film arena was greeted with mixed reviews, gaining a collection of awards while at the same…

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Time & Motion

Originally appeared in ACE Liverpool 01.02.2014 “What does your working life look like?”  FACT’s ‘Time & Motion’ installation opens with the gritty, monochrome images of Harun Farocki’s ‘Workers Leaving the Factory’ looming above us, showing a regulated form of “work life” that is steadily vanishing. The factory emerges as a clearly defined, physical space inside…

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Picturing Prostitution

Originally appeared on Open Eye Gallery blog, 27.01.2014 In a provocative redressing of a universally stigmatised subject,Redeye’s event Picturing Prostitution, hosted at Open Eye Gallery, exposed a refreshing perspective on the sex work trade. In her series Precious, Jane Hilton explores the lives of sex workers in remote Nevadan ranches. The only state in which prostitution is legal, this…

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Photography On The Piers: 1970′s

Originally appeared on Open Eye Gallery blog, 03.02.2014 Against the grimy backdrop of economic stagnation, unemployment and lawlessness, an opulence of artistic and sexual freedom flourished amidst the dilapidated buildings of downtown Manhattan. The once bustling piers were left vacant and crumbling at the remote edges of the city. Overlooked and sheltered from regulation, the waterfront offered…

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“The Voracity” Anna Williams

From a futuristic feast that is to be seen but not eaten, to a famine stricken fairy tale forest, Anna Williams seeks to re-evluate the very sustenance we need in order to survive. The Voracity journeys through a tantalising scope of visual landscapes from wild fantasy to harsh reality, exploring man’s primal needs and instincts. Yet, these instincts become entwined…

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