CURRENT PROJECTS: Online Symposium with Arpita Shah, Maryam Wahid and Nilupa Yasmin with academic and writer Caroline Molloy.

Arpita Shah, Maryam Wahid, Nilupa Yasmin & Caroline Molloy
Online Symposium

10th September
6pm – 8pm
£3 (plus booking fee)

This online event follows on from GRAIN and The New Art Gallery Walsall’s collaboration on the exhibition ‘Too Rich A Soil’ which opened on the 15th November 2019 and closed early due to lockdown. The exhibition presented new work that dealt with themes of identity and representation, from three British artists’ of South Asian descent, Arpita Shah, Maryam Wahid and Nilupa Yasmin.  This session, originally intended to be a face to face symposium has been rescheduled as an online event.  Each artist will have the opportunity to share a selection of their practice and contribute to crucial conversations about the politics of representation.

The event is organised by GRAIN in collaboration with The New Art Gallery Walsall and will be chaired by academic Caroline Molloy. Places must be booked in advance and there is a small fee of £3.00 to attend.

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Arpita Shah

Arpita Shah is a photographic artist based in Edinburgh, Scotland. She works between photography and film, exploring the fields where culture and identity meet. As an India-born artist, Shah spent an earlier part of her life living between India, Ireland and the Middle East before settling in the UK. This migratory experience is reflected in her practice, which often focuses on the notion of home, belonging and shifting cultural identities. Shah’s work tends to draw from Asian and Eastern mythology, using it both visually and conceptually to explore issues of cultural displacement in the Asian Diaspora.

www.arpitashah.com

Maryam Wahid

Maryam Wahid (b. 1995) is an award winning artist. Using the art of photography, Wahid’s work explores her identity as a British Pakistani Muslim woman.

She expresses the origins of the Pakistani community in her hometown Birmingham (UK) by exploring her deeply rooted family history; and the mass integration of migrants within the United Kingdom. Her academic background in Art, Photography and Religious Studies alongside her fascination in cultural cognition and religious ideologies have progressively influenced her work. Her work is autobiographical but delves into human experiences and existence today. She is keen to photograph the complexity of places around the world and the places people call home.

www.maryamwahid.com

Nilupa Yasmin

Nilupa Yasmin is a photographic artist based in Birmingham, West Midlands. Yasmin has a keen interest in the notion of culture, self-identity and anthropology, which she combines with her love for handcraft and photographic explorations, to repeatedly draw upon her own South Asian culture and heritage.

Her research examines the principles of craft in art based practice; becoming an evident methodology shown throughout her work whilst investigating ideals and traditions that are very close to home. Repeatedly drawing upon what it means to be a British Bangladeshi Muslim Woman, she aims to create a space of representation for the underrepresented, through her photographic practise.

www.nilupayasmin.com 

Caroline Molloy

Caroline Molloy is an artist, academic and writer. She is Programme Leader of Fine Art and Photography at UCA Farnham, alongside of which she is in the final stages of her PhD thesis that looks at the performance of transcultural identity in studio photography at Birkbeck, University of London. She has an MA in Visual Anthropology from Goldsmiths, and an MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art. Caroline is well read in post-colonial and decolonising theory; her research interests are in raising the audibility of the maginalised voice through the activation of archives. She regularly writes about photography and visual culture for Visual Studies, The Journal of Visual Practice, Source Magazine, 1000words and Photomonitor.

 

GRAIN is delighted to have awarded the Format Festival Portfolio Award 2020 to Oliver Raymond Barker for his work ‘Trinity’. This is the fourth occasion that GRAIN has awarded a special prize at Format International Photography Festival.

Oliver Raymond Barker works with the mechanics and alchemy of photography to make images, objects and structures that expand upon what photography is and can be. Working predominantly with alternative analogue techniques he uses photography as a tool to uncover imagined narratives, unseen processes and underlying systems.

Recent exhibitions and displays include Belfast Photo Festival (2019), UNSEEN (2018), Newlyn Art Gallery (2017) & Four Corners Gallery for the London Pinhole Festival (2017).

Trinity engages with the unique ecology of the Rosneath peninsula in Scotland: the landscape itself, the networks visible and invisible that have been imposed upon it and the complex histories embedded in its fabric. Early christian pilgrims voyaged to remote corners of the British isles such as Rosneath in search of sanctuary; peregrini who sought to use the elemental power of nature as a means of gaining spiritual enlightenment. Today, the peninsula is dominated by the presence of HMNB Faslane and RNAD Coulport, the home of the UK’s nuclear deterrent Trident. Existing alongside these sprawling sites are the small, temporary constructions of itinerant activists – locations such as the Peace Wood bear traces of their occupation.

The works made originate from 20 x 24 inch paper negatives, exposed in a unique custom built ‘backpack’ camera obscura – designed to allow creation of large format images in remote locations.

www.oliverraymondbarker.co.uk

13 07 2020

Andrea G Artz

Andrea G Artz is an artist that pushes the boundaries of photography into sculptural forms and moving image. Her commissioned work focusses on travel after Covid, those who need to travel by public transport for their work and families, and the situations they find themselves in emotionally and environmentally as they attempt to travel safely.  Andrea makes sculptural forms from her photographs of people, collects audio and uses sound and animation to invite the viewer to understand the photographic image in a contemporary setting such as virtual realities.

Pandemia to Pandemia
by Andrea G Artz

Artist Statement here

Read more about the artist here

www.andreagartz.co.uk

Image Credit: Andrea G Artz

13 07 2020

Lydia Goldblatt

Lydia Goldblatt considers themes of origins, transience and emotional experience. Her quietly powerful and beautifully crafted prints creatively fuse the approaches of both documentary and constructed photography. Tenderly observed portraits and details of the human form are combined with enigmatic still lifes and abstract constructions suggestive of elemental forces. Her work for this commission entitled Fugue, made during and post lockdown, focuses on the family, private and close public spaces and intimacy as she looks at questions of mothering, community, love, loss and time. The work is made in the family home, the community of nearby streets and shot on film. The work shown is an extract from a larger body of work.

Fugue
by Lydia Goldblatt

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Artist Statement here

Read more about the artist here

www.lydiagoldblatt.com

Image Credit: Lydia Goldblatt

13 07 2020

Jaskirt Boora

Jaskirt Boora is a British Indian photographer based in Birmingham. She is interested in the
representation of gender, ethnicity and place. She has made work documenting her family life and
community during Covid 19 focusing on themes of togetherness and how communities have come
together to offer support and Care. The work includes audio and text and is shot on film.

Birmingham Lockdown Stories
by Jaskirt Boora

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Chris Hoare

Chris Hoare photographed the undervalued workforces that kept our society going, not those that were applauded from doorsteps, but those that went unnoticed focusing on the street cleaners. Through the act of photographing, this body of work sets out to shine a rare spotlight on this overlooked workforce, in the hope that those who view the work will adjust the value they place upon these unsung heroes, those that wear PPE and high vis and keep our cities and streets clean during a pandemic.

Street Cleaners
by Chris Hoare

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Artist Statement here

Read more about the artist here

www.chrishoare.org

Image Credit: Chris Hoare.

13 07 2020

Daniel Dale

Daniel Dale is an artist and publisher based in Bristol. Much of his work is made on the theme of ‘happiness’. During and post lockdown Daniel created HAPPINESS’ as an online project that explores individual happiness through a publicly sourced photo collection. He invited people to upload images that represent their idea of happiness testing if happiness may have changed and if we found more importance in the smaller things during the crisis. The collection of photographs may not explicitly answer these questions but invites us to consider and re-evaluate to understand what makes us happy.

HAPPINESS
by Dan Dale

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www.whatishappiness.co.uk

Artist Statement here

Read more about the artist here

www.danieldale.co.uk

13 07 2020

Freddy Griffiths

Freddy Griffiths is an artist working with and around photography, using the photographic image to further non-hierarchical methodologies in contemporary art and everyday scenarios. His ongoing exploration has resulted in the formation of a photographic archive. For this opportunity Freddy made a short film using still images from his archive. The film deals with the economic fallout of Covid-19, focussing on perceived notions of a populous ‘addicted to furlough’, as coined by a leak from Whitehall to The Times.

A Slippery Slope
by Freddy Griffiths

Artist Statement here

Film Transcript here

Read more about the artist here


www.freddygriffiths.com

Image Credit: Freddy Griffiths

13 07 2020

Jemima Yong

Photographer and performance maker Jemima Yong makes carefully observed and poetic works. Whilst in lockdown and isolation in London and continuing in the months following, Jemima photographed the view from her bedroom window, witnessing how the same public space was being used, shared and how this changed through the months of 2020. Social distancing, face covering, exercise, team sports and family events feature in an intimate typology of 76 black and white photographs exhibited as a performative work.

Field
by Jemima Yong

Artist Statement here

Read more about the artist here

www.jemimayong.format.com

Image Credit: Image detail from Field, 2020 by Jemima Yong

13 07 2020

Ngadi Smart

Ngadi Smart is an artist and photographer who focuses on documenting cultures, subcultures and intimacy. Her work looks at how people self-identify and choose to present themselves in front of the lens. For this opportunity she has created a series of self-portraits as photo collages that are about self-identity and intimacy. Her photo collage series on the topic of loss and grief is deeply personal. They are about the challenges that remain post cancer treatment during lockdown, and revolve around themes of femininity, sexuality and body ownership as a black woman and cancer survivor.

Metamorphosis
by Ngadi Smart

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Artist Statement here

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www.ngadismart.com

Image Credit:  Ngadi Smart


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