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Following on from the success of previous showcases of some of the best BA photography graduates, Crane Kalman Brighton is pleased to return with Cream 2020, an exhibition featuring a new selection of the most interesting and diverse photographic talents to emerge from 2020. The exhibition includes graduates from the most prestigious universities and colleges the length and breadth of the country from Westminster to Belfast; London to Cornwall.

This year’s exhibited artists are:

Amy Trott  – Arts University Bournemouth – BA (Hons) Photography

Under the Skin

Denied of the face, my photographs challenge the representation of the naked body using abstraction and framing. Combined with textiles, sculpture and installation, they question the fixing of identity.

Byeori Sung  – London College of Communication – BA (Hons) Photography

Receipt for life

‘Receipt for life’ is a work about my labour. More specifically, ‘Receipt for life’ is a confusion of what I want to do and what I do to make money. For three months, I had three jobs in parallel an artist’s assistant, a studio intern, and a cafe’s barista. This work shows how I endured and struggled during that period.

Dan Commons – Leeds Arts University – BA (Hons) Photography

These Sickly Flowers 

The aim of These Sickly Flowersis to depict abstract, sculptural forms found in everyday life that seem uncanny or unfamiliar when taken out of context.

Ethan Lowe– University for the Creative Arts – BA (Hons) Photography

Quiet in Midnight City

While studying abroad last year in Boston, Massachusetts, I created a body of work titled “Quiet in Midnight City”. The images are urban-scapes that purposefully lack a human subject, to make the image still and create a sense of timelessness – so that the viewer may look at the image and not feel as if things are moving or changing. Sharing the sense of peacefulness in an otherwise sleepless city.

Henry Rose– London College of Communication – BA (Hons) Photojournalism and Documentary Photography

October in Altadena

Shot across the October of 2019, the series follows an unstructured journey through LA. Through random encounters with strangers and an avoidance of the usual tourist hot spots a quieter more astute version of the city is revealed, with a slow and easy beauty that belies the usual rush and intensity of Los Angeles.

Izabela Szczutkowska – Technical University Dublin – BA (Hons) Photography

Let’s Take the Wrong Way Home

Let’s Take the Wrong Way Home is a collection of photomontage works where a combination of the digital technologies of photographic remote viewing and analogue photographs is used to fulfil a desire to unify distance places and memories.

Lauren Fautley – University of Lincoln – BA (Hons) Photography

9 Days in Self-Isolation

On the 23rd March 2020 a nationwide lockdown was announced in the UK, my series “9 Days in Self-Isolation” focuses on documenting the mundane and repetitive nature of life in isolation, our newfound state of inertia.

Lyydia Osara– Cambridge School of Art – BA (Hons) Photography

Invisible Pattern

‘Invisible Pattern’ is a series exploring life affected by mental disease. The abstract struggles of the mind are made into physical images; usually without the use of a camera in a way that feels as if I could physically transfer emotion to the light sensitive material in the darkroom.

Matt Hughes– University of Brighton – BA (Hons) Photography

With Regard to the Credibility of Images 

With Regard to the Credibility of Images’ is a body of work that explores the cultural establishment of photography as a tool with which to replicate this perception of reality. 

The use of early image making techniques have been married with parody and cynicism to discuss the potential flaws in our inherent naive acceptance of the photograph as document.

Qingyu Yang– London College of Communication – BA (Hons) Photojournalism and Documentary Photography

Chinese Muslim

This project focuses on documenting a Chinese Islamic community that exists today. The photographic series capture the everyday life of these Chinese Muslims, showcasing the struggle and current threats to their way of life. The photographs serve to raise awareness of this underrepresented issue and stimulate further recognition for this marginalized group.

Tayo Adekunle – Edinburgh College of Art – BA (Hons) Photography

Reclamation of the Exposition 

Reclamation of the Exposition explores the commodification, fetishization and sexualisation of the black female body, specifically through the human displays in colonial expositions in the 18th and 19th centuries. The work is influenced by ethnographic photographs which were circulated as pornography. Referencing her Nigerian heritage, Adekunle explores the relationship between the past and present ways the black female body is treated.

Thomas Lake – Kingston University – BA (Hons) Photography

Between Black and White there’s Grey

During my first year studying photography at university, unsure whether I was on the right course, I made a lot of sculptural works. However, it was while defiantly making these early sculptures that I realized, today, everything exists to end in a photograph. The object is subservient to the camera. In this respect, the photograph is dangerously no more reliable than a painting in terms of its representation of reality. Visually, these dryly playful and subtly surreal works are evocative of graphite sketches – they prompt the viewer to look twice, subverting the notion of monochrome photography being historically truthful.

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