CURRENT PROJECTS: Birmingham Lockdown Stories

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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13 07 2020

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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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

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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

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Film Transcript here

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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

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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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www.ngadismart.com

Image Credit:  Ngadi Smart

13 07 2020

Shaista Chishty

Shaista Chishty is a documentary photographer and visual artist who explores identity, representation and notions of the ‘other’. She utilises a research led practice to look at mainstream representations of people of colour which often serve to de-humanise, simplify and reinforce a stereotype. For her new work Shai explored the visual culture and tropes surrounding COVID19 and the racialised press and media coverage drawing comparisons with the propaganda of the British Empire and World War 2 recruitment poster campaigns.

Playing Their Part
by Shaista Chishty

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Image Credit: Shaista Chishty

13 07 2020

Andrew Roberts

Andrew Roberts is a documentary photographer based in Birmingham. Supported by a bursary award Andrew told the story of his elderly neighbours most of whom were shielding and felt isolated during lockdown and Covid. The themes of community and togetherness are strong in his work.

What would you say
by Andrew roberts

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www.andrew-roberts-photo.co.uk

Image Credit: Andrew Roberts

13 07 2020

Barnaby Kent

Barnaby Kent’s work looks at the experience of the COVID-19 pandemic as marked by the coinciding of ‘lockdown’ with spring. Throughout the pandemic we witnessed the annual seasonal cycle and were more aware than ever of the essential need for access to nature. Barnaby’s work focusses on the intrinsic relationship between nature’s health and our wellbeing.

All People Are Like Grass
by Barnaby Kent

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Image Credit: All People Are Like Grass, Barnaby Kent

13 07 2020

Chris Neophytou

Chris Neophytou is a photographer and publisher based in Birmingham. His ‘Out of Place’ books is a platform developed to publish photobooks and to promote photography as a way of exploring and learning about people and places. His project ‘The Planting of a Fig Tree’ was made with the Greek Cypriot community in north Birmingham during Covid and 2020. He focuses on how the challenges of Covid-19 and measures such as lockdown and social distancing have affected this community. How families are isolating together and apart, how communities are finding new ways to connect, and how the myriad of business owners are reacting to the changes in working conditions. The work looks at how the community is adapting to and coping with the challenges of practicing their faiths, at what unites and what divides through this time and at the distance felt between Birmingham in the UK and family and heritage in Cyprus.

The Planting of a Fig Tree
by Chris Neophytou

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www.christodoulos.co.uk

Image Credit: Notes On My Family, Chris Neophytou


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