Jenny Nash

Artist statement:

Jenny Nash uses the experiential nature of her photographic practice as an important component in her work. Nash documents spaces of memory, appropriating PTSD treatments, returning to sites of past trauma with her camera.

This enables her to converse with elements of her history abandoned to the unconscious. This methodology is derived from the work of Rosy Martin and Jo Spence who developed phototherapy in the 80’s and practiced within the perimeters of her own methodology of Auto-Pathography which she developed from the work of photographic artist Dr. Spencer Rowell.

 

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Instagram: @sullenriotphotography

Kyun Ngui

Artist statement:

Kyun Ngui is an artist using photography to explore the world around him and as a means of self-expression and communication. He works in both digital and analogue formats. His works include street photography in colour and more recently, analogue black and white to explore the expressive
qualities of film.

 

Work statement:

“Prison time is slow time. You do what you can to keep going.” Red, The Shawshank Redemption.

I felt the same about lockdown time. Time slowed down and it made me notice ordinary household objects that I otherwise would not have, represented by “Still Life in Colour”. And making work with whatever was available was my way of keeping going during a challenging time, typified by “Facing
the Unknown”.

Still Life in Colour: speaks of noticing the small things and being grateful for them. Of how beauty can be found in the mundane. Of perspective and how you can view things in a positive light.

Facing the Unknown: taken during the height of the lockdown, it represents for me how unclear and uncertain things were, and still are, generally and personally.

 

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Instagram: @Kyun.pic

Max Reeves

Artist statement:

Max Reeves is a self-taught photographer whose work looks at issues of Myth, Marginality and Genius Loci and embraces a range of styles.

 

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For this show I am presenting 2 projects in book form being my response to the Pandemic: ‘The Tower’ is a circumnavigation of the Shard Tower in London at the height of the Corona Pandemic imagining it to be the generator of an unseen malnoia and  ‘Diary of a Plague Time – being a Photographic Meditation under Quarantine of ‘Marlowe’s Museum of Interesting Things’ in our Home in Spitalfields, reflecting collecting, legacy and letting go to change.

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Eddie Saint Jean

Artist statement:

Eddie Saint-Jean works in photography and film.  Linking Freudian theories of the Uncanny to the visual arts, he seeks out the unfamiliar in the familiar, unhomely in the homely, and eerie elements in everyday objects and experiences. A strong focus on how eco-art (more readily associated with rural environments) now features in the urban uncanny.

 

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The artist was intrigued with the way nature had taken over urban areas during the pandemic so went to London nature spots already well known for the way nature had intruded over manmade constructs. First to St Dunstan’s-in-the-East, an abandoned gothic church near Tower Bridge and then Hampstead Pergola, a building which is similarly over run with free-growing plants which have found beauty in urban abandon.

The model wears a mask as a false public face and also as a reference to the coronavirus mask. The confused plastic smile represents our concealed emotions during a period of unprecedented panic and uncertainty over health, livelihoods and the wider economy. Psychologist Sigmund Freud used masks in his work to highlight the ‘doppelgänger’ nature in the human psyche that represents that part of ourselves we feel uncomfortable with. Ultimately, my work makes the viewer confront truths that they would prefer to keep hidden. The term ‘keep a brave face on it’ was never more apt than during this pandemic. In my photo the brave face is hidden in case it gives away feelings of anxiety and pain during this period of upheaval and uncertainty.

 

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