School of Arts & Humanities
Our programme aims to foster an expanded practice of photography calling attention to the materiality and physicality of the image and its semiotic possibilities. Photography is here a visual form blurring boundaries of the analogue, digital and virtual. The physicality of the photographic image, known for its smoothness and flatness, has changed unequivocally now that we experience images online. The space of representation is that of the mirror and the window, framing devices offering virtual images. Laptop screens further diminish the plasticity of the surface, offering images lit from within, recalling high resolution advertising displays. Our students are concerned with undoing what is high and resolved, terms indicating dubious hierarchies occluding the nature of the image.
You will find works questioning the post-human status of the subject; the solipsistic cell of the self; the temporal, the digital and photographic space. Works re-staging and re-telling the archive; interrogating the forensic photograph; the politics of territory and advertising; flux of the body, identity, and our relationship with both. Representation here is experienced through materiality of the print and expanded into the space of flexible fiction; from the private to the public, from the outside looking in, and from the inside looking out.
Above image: Eden Hawkins, Strapped in Racer, 2020,