Christopher Nunn: Holy Water

11 May 2017 – 14 May 2017

Event times

Thursday 11 – Sunday 14 May
12pm – 6pm

Cost of entry


Calvert 22 Foundation

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • 55, 48, 242, 78, 47, 26, 67, 149, 243, 8, 35, 135, 388
  • 1 minute walk from Shoreditch High Street
  • 10 minute walk from Liverpool Street or Old Street

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Experience everyday life in Ukraine and this pop-up photography exhibition as part of the I.P.F.


RSVP here for a Q&A with exhibiting artist Christopher Nunn, Wednesday 10 May, 7pm – 10pm.

Calvert 22 Foundation and the Independent Photography Festival are delighted to present a pop-up exhibition of photographic works by British artist Christopher Nunn. The photographs are taken from the recent publication Holy Water, an extract from his ongoing work in Ukraine, a country that has in recent years been thrust suddenly and violently into our global consciousness.

Recent media coverage of Ukraine has focused on the ongoing armed conflict and political chaos that has marred the country over the last two years. In Holy Water, Christopher Nunn takes a quieter look at the periphery of these events in a collection of photographs exploring everyday life, ordinary domestic moments and chance meetings against a backdrop of political turmoil and instability. Themes of escapism, alcohol, friendships and religious iconography permeate the photographs throughout the book.

Christopher began working in Ukraine in February 2013 while visiting Kalush, the birthplace of his late grandmother. With this as a geographical starting point, Christopher began to explore other regions, finding himself by chance in the east of Ukraine at the very start of the ongoing war. As the situation escalated, he became increasingly inspired by his grandmother’s early life as a person displaced by conflict.

Over repeated trips, and with a focus on Ukraine’s fragile east, the project has developed into a substantial, nuanced body of work. Without attempting to make a straight document or description of Ukraine’s current situation, Christopher’s work is a personal journey, shaped by the people he has met and driven by curiosity and a desire to better understand the human condition and psyche of this epoch.

Holy Water is part of an on going project. The photographs collected here are fragments of a much larger picture, one that is constantly changing and evolving. The publication serves not as a full stop, but as a parenthesis – a moment of reflection – before continuing on with the story. 

About the artist

Christopher Nunn (b. 1983, Yorkshire) is a British photographer working on personal projects and commissions throughout the UK and Europe. He graduated from Bradford College with a degree in photography in 2004. He is currently working on long-term documentary projects in Ukraine, where he has worked over multiple trips since 2013. In 2015 he was nominated for the prestigious Prix Pictet award, and in 2016 was selected as one of PDN’s 30 New and Emerging Photographers. Recent clients include The Financial Times Weekend Magazine, The Telegraph Magazine, i-D, De Correspondent, The Asahi Shimbun Globe, The Wire, Le Monde, Morgenbladet, The New Yorker, and Weapons of Reason.

About the publisher

Village is an independent bookshop and gallery based in Leeds, UK, founded in 2012 by Benjamin Holmes and Joe Torr. We offer a curated selection of contemporary art, design, fashion and photography books and magazines. We also source self-published and small press zines from artists around the world.

About the Independent Photography Festival

The Independent Photography Festival (IPF) is an annual, multi-city celebration of photography, its application and practice.

Initiated in Melbourne by Hard Workers ClubSmalltime Projects and The Good Copy in 2012, and hosted by some of Melbourne’s best small galleries and project spaces, IPF set out to offer a new platform for autonomous photographers and photo enthusiasts, both emerging and established.

Five years after inception, with the help of co-presenters Palm* Studios & The Heavy Collective, IPF made the leap across waters in 2015 and, as we approach IPF 2017 in May, we’re six annual programmes deep. We've hosted 50+ events in five cities across three continents, and have exhibited, presented and collaborated with more than 500 photographers worldwide.

Ever-changing and always evolving, we’re here to take space and make space for conversations about human engagement, artistic development, and community support.

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