Last year we introduced the FR Awards to celebrate the best talent on show each week during the season. An esteemed panel of judges selected three artists to hold solo exhibitions as part of a prize supported by the Old Truman Brewery and FR Award partners Metro Imaging, British Journal of Photography, Cass Art, Creative Debuts and Unity. We’ve spent the last six months working closely with Eva, Katharina and Dylan leading up to the launch of their new work here on the 2nd February.
The first FR AWARDS solo exhibitions, the culmination of the prize won by three graduates who exhibited at Free Range this summer.
The simultaneous exhibitions will run alongside each other from Thursday 2nd - Sunday 5th February, featuring new works from Eva Abeling (Shop 7), Katharina Halser (Shop 8) and Dylan Fox (Shop 11) on Dray Walk, The Old Truman Brewery.
PRIVATE VIEW: 02/02/17, 6-10PM (RSVP FOR ENTRY)
OPEN DAYS: 03 - 05/02/17, 10AM-7PM
Details on the individual artists and exhibitions below.
EVA ABELING: WELCOME TO MY SUNDAY
Eva Abeling was born and raised in Northern Germany. Before moving to London, she studied and worked with various artists in Barcelona. She recently graduated in London from the University of Westminster in Photographic Arts.
Sundays are nightmares of boredom and dreams of fantasy. The stillness can provoke loneliness or magic depending on the subjective, personal and mental state.
Welcome To My Sunday challenges the poetic mystery and invisibility literature and visual art can provide. Like a poem, it takes time and your own subjective truth to understand this photographic project.
KATHARINA HALSER: UNDER MY SKIN
Katharinas exhibition will feature the series under my skin; the first analog photography project Halser has attempted. Katharina started her study in the final year of the BA Photography course at Middlesex University in London. Without any knowledge of analog photography she went straight to shooting large format and continued with a medium format camera. Being thrown into the cold water with shooting a final year project on film, the decision was made to reprocess the many operation she had in her former life.
Since childhood, Halser has lived with Vascular Malformation – a complex condition that manifests itself in anomalies in veins, lymph vessels and arteries. To deal with the condition, she must undergo the same medical procedure over and over again, counting 71 operations by now.
A selection of five images also received - out of 17,032 submissions - an Honourable Mention 2016 in the category Deeper Perspective at the International Photography Award.
DYLAN FOX: FRONTIER
Dylan Fox’s practice explores the physical, medical, emotional and social elements of his gender transition, from assigned female at birth to male; specifically the overwhelming frustration felt with the complicated NHS Transgender Care Pathway and the lengthy waiting times this creates. Fox utilises archival, moving image, text based and sound works into an ongoing participatory, socially engaged body of practice based research.
Frontier contains work based on Fox’s own experience in Florida while undergoing ‘Top Surgery’ in early 2016, as well as addressing his frustration and dysphoria felt up until that point when dealing with transgender healthcare from the NHS; Frontier also relates this experience to that of the American Dream and its implications for transgender rights as a whole today.
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