This group exhibition called "Cocoon" inspired by the meaning of "the cause to be isolated or protected from harsh, dangerous, or disturbing realities - insulate".
Each artist has interpreted this feeling from their own perspective:
AL&K in collaboration with Chris Dodds - Once I'm Alone
Annelaure & Krisztina are the creatives behind AL&K, a London based photographic duo. They will present a body of work depicting the 5 stages of grief. Five women have been photographed portraying each of these, presenting a collection of 25 images in total. In addition, 2 screens will be showing short films of these women depicting these stages filmed by Chris Dodds, a London based Cinematographer working in commercials, TV and art films.
Guests are invited to explore the emotions of personal loss they have experienced or be pushed to the limits of their imagination if they have not suffered a loss. Part of their aim was to remove the stigma around expressing pain and fears in public.
Alison Wallis - Dark Matter
As a hair and beauty photographer with an art background Alison uses several different inspirations in creating her work. Just as in art when using a blank canvas, in this series of images, the model is the 'canvas'. The bold heavy make up with dripping gold and glossy lips and the glossed eye lid mimicking latex, all represents the 'painted' effect as well as somewhat of a protective layer. The fact that no clothing is visible, served to enhance the make up and hair's bold and dramatic look, viewed through the glass of a lens - almost like a hidden reality, not so hidden afterall.
Gary Sobczyk - Selfi(e)sh
People have become very aware of how their physical presence is perceived, due to the assimilation of social media with standard daily behaviour. The evidence of this is the rise of 'selfie culture’. Manipulating the depiction of our physical form, is now possible and acceptable more than ever in our society. The way we communicate and behave is also influenced more than ever, by the decisions of those who provide our entertainment and information.
Gary is a Director, Photographer & Painter based in London.