For immediate release
Contact: Michelle Negus
Tel: 07123 456 789
Photographic exhibition challenging the public to self reflection – quite literally!
The exhibition will focus on waste within our lives, cultural identity, money and consumption and the way society sees it. The aim is to turn a mirror to our lives and the way we live, asking the viewer to re-evaluate and interrogate themselves, and the opinions they have.
To emphasis this point the images will be displayed in a space similar to a funfair house of mirrors to create distortion, forcing the viewer to look at the work from a different perspective. This would also mean they would see reflections of themselves in an environment where it is almost inescapable and unavoidable.
The exhibition will feature work by Sanaa Hamid, Monta Dedele, Aaron Price, Farah Sadiq, Chel Negus, Marie Hanrahan and Julia Lagerstrom.
For my series, I wanted to experiment with the traditional roles of human vs. nature. Usually, it's people who harm nature, by deforestation, pollution, climate change and so on, so in my pictures I wanted to turn the roles around: nature has become the dark and threatening part while the person is the victim, like something that's been thrown away. In our consumer culture, we don't generally care that much about the way our waste affects nature, but what happens when we become the waste ourselves?
My concept was to represent waste of opportunity in regards to education and maybe youth.
Most girls spend their young adult life looking after their babies or are pregnant and its sad to see they are throwing away all the chances they have to do something with themselves, to be a better person by educating themselves and exploring the world when they got the opportunity.
The theme of my series is the waste of the older generation in western society. In some countries elders are respected, looked after and put in a position of authority, but in western society the older generation are often seen as a burden, or ignored. Many older people are put into homes and rarely visited by their families. Without regular socialising and mental stimulation they often start to degenerate. They are pretty much left to fade away. I chose to represent the elderly as waste objects placed in everyday situations where loneliness/isolation is more apparent. I have used key words of text to describe how the elderly may feel.
My collection ‘Waste of Tax Payers Money’ are a set of collaged portraits of three politicians that were focused on by the media during the 2011 expenses scandal. These individuals were Jacqui Smith, Sir Peter Viggers and Sahid Malik. I wanted to create portraits that appear almost comical and humiliating for the politicians to draw attention to the way that they had mistreated their position in government to scam the tax payers out of money.
Reflections of a wasted society
1st – 14th June 2012
Nucleus Gallery, High Street, Chatham, Kent.
Exhibition flyer designs
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115g Gloss Single sided A5 x 1250: £157
A5 (148 x 210mm) 135gsm Double or single sided
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1000 = £55
2500 = £75
5000 = £99
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