Artist Profiles: Intercontinental Drift

28 Days 28 Dinners – Debra Lorraine Grant

Grant’s interest in photography is in the domestic, everyday environment. The work she has made is autobiographical and documents aspects of womens’ ordinary lives. 28 Days 28 Dinners, records the meals cooked by Grant for her husband over twenty-eight days.

Photography is used to represent objects with the assistance of text to produce narrative. These types of everyday activities, that could be considered as mundane, are a fundamental part of daily life, and although this meal may greatly differ in content and form from home to home, it remains the case that we all eat. This body of work  records Grant’s own experiences of pain, on a daily basis, as well as a more general perspective on contemporary womens’ domestic lives.

Underground Within – Khris Riva

Underground Within is an approach to human expression in public spaces; it is an artistic exploration through a hidden camera, the portrait in an unconventional way. The “Underground “, the main public transport in London, covers the entire metropolitan area; the photographic device, used in the depths and hidden, juxtaposes light and dark; intimacy, warmth and secret.

People often seem to plunge into the ‘double-deep’ underground and their interior monologues, books or newspapers, are carried away by their thoughts, in a gaze that questions to nothing and challenges with mysterious emotions.

Thoughtlessly, it seems the perfect time for introspection within the city, paradoxically involving private and public, inner light and outer darkness. In Riva’s exploration, he has confirmed how and when we portray. His interest is to understand the nature of the human face, whenever the ego of every individual is eclipsed inside while it digresses.

8 original photographs taken from the short story Disreality –Emma Iiriti

Emma Iiriti creates narratives around contemporary social situations. Her work incorporates both literature and photography and her stories are often inspired by real life events. Emma’s current series explores the way in which modern technology is changing the way we communicate within our personal relationships and the inherent implications of this. The projection of identity is a key theme. The works typically are in the form of books, in which text and photographic imagery is interwoven to create an ambiguous mix that blurs the boundary between fact and fiction.
Questions regarding authenticity and authorship of both text and imagery are left to the interpretation and imagination of the viewer. This fuels the intriguing air of mystery that runs through Emma’s work.

Shanshui – Hao Xu 

Shanshui project is intending to draw aesthetic characteristics from Chinese landscape painting, by using traditional photographic materials and technique.
Shanshui in Chinese means ‘mountain’ and ‘water’ as landscape. It is an exploration and experimental project. It intends to push the boundaries between photography and painting. Consequently to start re-thinking about these two unique media and authoring language. These photographs  have been influenced by Grand impressionistic painting.

The Storm That Bends The Birch Trees – Pedro Maças 

“The storm that bends the birch trees” (a verse from a poem by Bertolt Brecht on violence) is a metaphor for, and the title for this series of photographs. This project is concerned with understanding and exploring the new topographies arising as a consequence of the abrupt halt of construction sites due to the hail of the crash in the real estate market.
“In areas close to my hometown in Portugal the financial crises generated a series of unfinished building sites, ghostly neighborhoods, disorienting and fragmented surroundings. The Storm That Bends The Birch Trees is an abstract narrative that aims to capture and convey the nature of these new topographies and psychologically frame these decaying environments.”
Pedro Maçãs photographic practice is concerned with understanding the role of photography in documenting and analysing broader questions as a whole, whilst exploring its intelligibility on the printed page and narrative structure.

Kothis, Hijras, Giriyas and Others – Charan Singh 

The Kothis (effeminate, underprivileged, homosexual men), Hijras (eunuch), Giriyas (partners of kothi and hijra) are indigenous terms used by the communities in their own dialect to define their different and particular sexual identities.
Singh (b. India, 1978) lives and works in the UK and India. His photographic practice is informed by his thirteen years of HIV/AIDS work and community activism in India, along with a formal study of art history and photography. He is interested in the representation of gender and sexuality, relationships, recovery, loss and desire.
His work was featured in Uncertain States # 14, a lens-based, artist led project in London and Take on Photography a special edition by Take on Art, New Delhi, India during Delhi Photo Festival, September 2013. He has also had work exhibited at the Nigah Queer Fest, Goethe-Institute, Max Mueller Bhawan, New Delhi October 2010 and November 2011.

The Blind Photographer – Angela Zualaga Valencia

Ángela Zuluaga Valencia (b. 1986) grew up in Colombia, South America. She earned her degree as an Audio-visual Communicator in 2010. Her main interest has been in documentary and street photography. Her current work revolves around self-portraiture both in video and photography.

Her video installation piece entitled “The Blind Photographer” deals with subjects like symbolic deaths, mental illness such as Bipolar Affective Disorder and identity.
The background of this project is that on the 30th of July 2013 she was admitted into a mental institution due to a severe episode of psychosis and was held for 30 days until finally discharged on the 3rd of September 2013.
During her time there she started video recording a diary at the same time she was taking self-portraits, activities that continued after she was discharged. These videos depict her mental state at the time, her current mood and concerns.

Deimos and Morpheus – Christina Neill-Griffin

Deimos is a moon of the planet Mars, named after Deimos & Phobos the twin sons of Ares & Aphrodite, whose Roman counterparts were Mars & Venus. Deimos was the little known Greek god of flight & terror. Morpheus was the Greek god of dreams; his name signifies his ability to transform the dreams as they appeared to the sleeper.
Deimos and Morpheus explore the physical and sensory experience of total memory loss – something that was personally experienced by Christina.
Deimos captures the ephemeral feeling of the fear and confusion, of not understanding the world around you, the distortion reality, and the whirlwind of time. Deimos is not visible through any other medium but photography, using layered images and slow exposures, maintaining a little of the beauty and excitement with which children see the world, before they grow up to be cynical adults.
Morpheus recreates the subversive reality of our experiences,  Morpheus questions our ability to understand the purpose of an object, without the memory of what it is. Memory is such an integral part of life that functioning in society is almost impossible without it.


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