Photo UCLan Exhibition

Third year students exhibited new works in the PR1 Gallery, spanning a range of photographic practice, including, contemporary fashion, documentary, collage and the photo book

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A selection of second year work from the Photography and the City module, was on display in the photography gallery area found above PR1

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Year one and foundation students also be displayed photographic publications, which have been produced over the course this semester, exploring a diverse range of narrative driven photo work.

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Thanks to all that made it along, and congratulations to those exhibiting students. Well done everyone.

#SeeMyMosque by Sarah Lawler

Second year under graduate student Sarah Lawler, recently launched #SeeMyMosque – a personal project that intends to “encourage the muslim youth to get involved with doing something for Islam in a fun and interactive way, and secondly to show non-muslims the beauty of Islam and not what is generally portrayed by the mainstream media.”

This project has so far become manifest in two ways.  An online project space has been launched to allow anyone to send in Images of their local mosques by hash tagging #SeeMyMosque on Instagram or sending it through the website www.seemymosque.tumblr.com 

Sarah also realised this project as an exhibition on the Harris Flights, a temporary public art intervention based in the city centre http://incertainplaces.org/artworks/about-the-project-harris-flights

In a project statement Sarah explains:

“The exhibition was to encourage the discussion of Preston, Place and Prayer, with the rapid growth of mosques around the world and in Preston It has become an issue or a relief for some. The exhibition gave a rare opportunity for the general public to have an insight to See My Mosque and see another side to Islam and be inspired, surprised and curious. The exhibition included Preston to Palestine, Preston to Beijing and Preston to the Syrian Refugee Camps. We exhibited over a 1,000 photos that have been sent in by the general public.”

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Berlin Stories: Simone Trumpet

The Refugees Revolution demonstration of 23.03.2013 with over 5000 participants was the subject matter for my group project with journalists Faye Grima and Terri-Ann Williams.  They interviewed individuals and recorded the event while I used black and white 35mm film to photograph the protest.  As I have a growing interest in portrait photography, these are my chosen portrait images of participants from the event that stood out to me; these photographs shows the diversity of Germans who come together to fight for what they believe in.

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Berlin Stories: Laura Kureczko

Artists from all over the world have been attracted to Berlin, tempted by both the open spaces and low rent prices, causing an influx of alternative culture which Berlin is known for. It can be seen that the street art and the art squats of Berlin are wounded by war and feel in a very temporary state, however this is part of the charm of Berlin.

As Berlin itself continues to develop, its art squats are gradually gentrifying; resulting in many being closed down. Consequently, squatting artists are responding by means of creating art work exploring the history and future of Berlin, adding to its name “the street art capital of Europe”.

My book “How Soon is Now?” aims to document a group of artists who are actively working to remain in the grounds of the world famous art squat “Tacheles” which brought in 300,000 visiting tourists a year, but was closed and sold in 2012.

My work focuses on one artist in particular, who lives and works in the gardens of Tacheles, attempting to buy back land one square millimetre at a time. This book aims to highlight that it is the hope of many, that Berlin’s alternative art culture does not fade.

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