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.”
Bethany Hewitt has been selected by one of the Source Judges, Sue Steward, Photography Critic for London Evening Standard.
“Fashion photography outside of magazines struggles for recognition as Fine Art and is often the least praised in competitions. Bethany Hewitt ignores the classic styles and predictable ‘shoots’, instead working with collage to challenge traditional depictions of women. By replacing facial features with cut-out patches of blackness, she ironically creates a new, unconventional, Dadaist beauty. The collage which opens this series, reveals her tremendous skill which results in a myriad of model-perfect faces and lips. Works on Hewitt’s own website reveal strong influence from the pioneering photo-collagists Hannah Hoch and the contemporary John Stezaker.”
View the series online http://www.source.ie/graduate/2013/selection3.html
This is one of the first briefs that students encounter at UCLan – they are encouraged to develop the way they look at the world and its inhabitants, and we discuss some of the issues surrounding identity and stereotyping.
During Ayesha’s final year of the undergraduate Photography degree at UCLan, she produced an intimate and frank body of self-portraiture work that dealt with the impact that the medical condition scoliosis has on her life. Since graduating in 2012, Ayesha has continued to engage with this subject but broadening her approach to collaborate with other women who deal with the same condition and producing an online project blog. Alongside this Ayesha has worked at the Brighton Photo Biennial, as a camera operator on video shoots and is in the process of developing a series of location based workshops in Birmingham.