Photo Fringe OPEN20 SOLO Selectors

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L-R top row: Monica Alcazar-Duerte, Mariama Attah; middle row: Helen Cammock, Sarah Howe, Steve Macleod; bottom row: Sam Mercer, Katrina Sluis

The deadline for our OPEN20 SOLO keynote digital exhibition opportunity for emerging photographers is 7 August 2020. Read on to find out more about our selection panel.

Monica Alcazar-Duerte is originally from Mexico and lives and works in the U.K. She studied Filmmaking, Scenography and Photography. Her photobook Your Photos could be used by drug dealers was acquired in 2014 for artist book collections at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Yale University Gallery and the Joan Flasch Collection at the Arts Institute of Chicago. In 2020 she was awarded a Firecracker Grant and was nominated for a National Geographic fellowship. In 2018 she was selected as one of ten artists for Les Recontres d’ Arles New Discovery Award and was winner of The Photographers’ Gallery Bar-Tur Photobook Award in London. In 2017 she obtained the Magnum Graduate Award.

One of Monica’s latest work Possible Landscapes is a reconciliation participatory project for young people in post-conflict countries. Monica is currently a nominator for the Joop Swart Masterclass.

Mariama Attah is a photography curator and editor with a particular interest in overlooked visual histories, and using photography and visual culture to amplify under and misrepresented voices. Mariama is curator of Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool. She was previously Assistant Editor of Foam Magazine. Prior to this, she was Curator of Photoworks, where was responsible for developing and curating programs and events including Brighton Photo Biennial and was Commissioning and Managing Editor of the yearly magazine Photoworks Annual.

Helen Cammock was the joint winner of the Turner Prize 2019 and her exhibition The Long Note, has been presented at Turner Contemporary, Margate as part of Turner Prize, 2019. She was winner of the 7th Max Mara Art Prize for Women. Her subsequent exhibition, Che Si Può Fare  (What Can Be Done) premiered at Whitechapel Gallery, London from June – September 2019 and then moved to Collezione Maramotti, Italy. Her film They Call It Idelwild, 2020 commissioned by Wysing is currently on show at Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria.

Her new film Concrete Feather and Porcelain Tacks, has been commissioned with Film and Video Umbrella, London; Touchstones Museum, Rochdale, and The Photographers’ Gallery, London and will be exhibited in solo exhibitions at The Photographers’ Gallery and Rochdale Museum in in 2021. Later this year Serpentine Gallery, London will present Cammock’s project Radio Ballads, a radio programme and series of live performance events.

The Long Note premiered at VOID, Derry, Northern Ireland; and showed at The  Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, 2019. Other solo exhibitions include The Sound of Words,  Reading Museum, UK (2019) and Shouting In Whispers, Cubitt, London (2017). Her work has been included in group exhibitions at; Somerset House, Hollybush Gardens, London and FirstSite, Colchester, Hamburg Kunsthalle, Germany Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria and she has staged performances at The Showroom, Whitechapel Gallery and the ICA in London.

Cammock was born in Staffordshire, UK in 1970 and lives and works in Brighton and London. She is represented by Kate MacGarry, London

Sarah Howe is an artist based in London. She holds an MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art. Her research is centred on an exploration of expanded portraiture and self-portraiture, which produces wide-ranging outputs, from photography, written prose to large scale multimedia installations.

Recent exhibitions include ON EDGE: Living in an Age of Anxiety, Science Gallery, London (2019), Peripheries, ArtLicks, London (2019), Rehearsing the Real, Peckham24, London (2019), Present Tense, Materia Gallery, Rome (2019), Consider Falling, ONCA Gallery, Brighton Photo Fringe, Brighton (2018).

Sarah is the recipient of the Gilbert Bayes Award for Early Career Artists 2020 and the winner of the Brighton Photo Fringe Open Solo Award 2018.

Steve Macleod is a photographic artist, educator, lecturer and speaker as well as a respected industry professional. He is a Visiting Professor at UOS East Anglia, a Trustee of the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust and a lifetime member of Frontline Club, London. He also runs a mentorship programme for emerging artists in collaboration with Kate O’Neill and the Visual Loop.

Steve is a practicing photographer and his landscape works often utilize chiaroscuro elements of light. He explores the natural environment to share the conceptual impact and influence it can have on our emotions; our health and our imagination. He shoots in large format and is represented by Black Box Projects in the UK and also a regular commissioned artist for the Hospital Rooms charity. He regularly exhibits and his work is held in both private and public collections.

Sam Mercer is Producer of the Digital Programme at The Photographers’ Gallery, London focusing on commissioning and curating the Media Wall. Sam’s current focus is Data / Set / Match, a year-long programme including six commissions that seek new ways to present, visualise and interrogate scientific image datasets. Sam graduated from MRes Art: Moving Image at Central St. Martins and also works as an artist and collaboratively in the artist groups Aas and Common Study, based at Somerset House.

Katrina Sluis is a curator and writer. She is Head of Photography and Media Arts at the School of Art & Design at the Australian National University. Prior to this, she was Senior Curator (Digital Programmes) at The Photographers’ Gallery where she developed projects on machine vision, synthetic imaging and speculative photographic education. She is a founding Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of the Networked Image, London South Bank University and a founding member of the collective You Must Not Call It Photography If This Expression Hurts You.

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