The Photographers’ Gallery is mounting a new exhibition for summer titled FreshFaced+WildEyed 2014. This is its annual exhibition showcasing the quality and breadth of graduates’ practices from photographic courses across the UK. The exhibition aims to draw attention to innovative work from a range of photographic fields and is dedicated to recognising and nurturing new talents. Now in its seventh year, FreshFaced+WildEyed 2014 continues to offer a small group of finalists further development opportunities through the Gallery’s mentorship scheme.
Twenty-two recent graduates have been selected from an open submission process. They were chosen by a judging panel of photography experts: David Drake, Director Ffotogallery; Sheyi Bankale, Editor and Founder, Next Level; Sophy Rickett, visual artist and photographer and Brett Rogers, Director, The Photographers’ Gallery. The finalists have all graduated in the past year from BA and MA visual arts courses across the UK with photography and/or digital media forming the main component of their practice.
Alice Myers and Nikolas Ventourakis both tackle misconceptions about current issues through depictions of immigrants trying to cross the French/UK borders and the effects of the Greek economic crisis. Bruno Freitas de Oliveira, Emily Price, Philipp Dorland Tracey Fahy investigate the meaning and limitations of photographs by employing techniques of manipulation such as multiple exposures, digital collaging, modes of presentation and conversion of images to audio. Questions about identity and familial relationships are raised in the works of Henna Mattila, Iringó Demeter and Johanna Ward. Julio Galeote and Liam Magee photograph sculptural installations composed from discarded and everyday materials; through this process they examine the shifting value and nature of objects. Chloe Rosser’s series of contorted bodies challenge our understanding of the human figure. Katarina Mudronova presents portraits of modern kitchen equipment.
Ian Rudgewick-Brown’s video draws parallels between the decoding of information of our central nervous system with that of early telegraph machines, while Victoria Jenkinsuses visual metaphors and still life models to better understand the world of science and mathematics. James Duncan Clark, Marcello Simeone and Geiste Marija Kincinaityte’s photographs explore urban landscapes and their relationship to the individual. Lewis Khan’s video work focuses on the daily rituals and thoughts of one South London resident. Other video pieces include Elina Moriya’s sampling of 1950s Japanese and Finnish ghost films to look into the influence of images on communal memories; Tanya Clarke’s attempt to reconcile the desire to create with the need to fulfil domestic routines; and Lidija Kononenko’s series of six short films investigating body language within social contexts.
Brett Rogers, Director, The Photographers’ Gallery, and a member of the judging panel said: The judges were impressed with the exceptional range and quality of the work presented this year, especially noting the strong video submissions. The twenty-two finalists exploit still and moving image in unexpected, innovative and provocative ways. FF+WE 2014 will appeal to those interested in discovering young British-based talent as well as understanding where photography is going.
FreshFaced+WildEyed 2014 1 – 13 July 2014 The Photographers’ Gallery London