Deptford does Art presents ‘STATEMENT OF BEING’, an exhibition of works by
LAURA BIVOLARU | KRASIMIRA BUTSEVA
VICTORIA LOUISE DOYLE | ELENA HELFRECHT
Show: 30 August - 1 September 2019
Launch night: Friday 30th 7-11pm
Reading & Writing workshop: We Make the Yolk Photography | Sunday 1st 4pm - 5pm (please book your free ticket via Eventbrite or at the counter)
Statement of Being forms an exploration of the different ways in which images manifest, whilst the bodies of work in this show encompass the genetics, experiences and materials within photography, including photography, writing, AI, sound and sculpture.
The artists investigate the way in which a camera adopts the function of an archeological tool, digging deep into human consciousness and uncovering aspects of our interior and exterior beings, whilst incorporating inherited memories, habits and occurrences. Whilst dealing with these subjects the artists experiment with different materials, pushing the boundaries of contemporary photography. As the camera allows to gaze back at the past, simultaneously creating bridges to the present, the artists end up returning to their homes in order to understand the history preceding their birth. Obsessively recording conversations with relatives and searching for glimpses and pieces of the family in their skins and bodies, they end up uncovering layers of personal but shared trauma. They flick through the pages of albums, wandering between light and dark, allowing for secrets to get entangled with the present. The group exhibition at Deptford does Art serves as a testing ground, where gradients of visibility emerge, inviting the audience to uncover the many layers.
Laura Bivolaru is a visual artist living and working in London, UK. Sheholds a First Class Honours Degree in Photographic Arts from the University of Westminsterand she has just graduated from an MA in Photography at the Royal College of Art.
Krasimira Butseva has an MA and a BA in Photography from the University of Portsmouth. She has recently exhibited her work at EEP Berlin, Berlin (2019), Seen Fifteen Gallery, London (2019), Phoenix Gallery, Brighton Photo Fringe (2018). She has also won the APHE Photo Meet Bursary, Santander Mobility Award, MA Student Achievement Award, BA Student Achievement Award, BA Visual Culture Award and has been nominated for the Platform Graduate Award.
Lucas Gabellini-Fava is a London based artist, who uses personal and found photography,camera-less techniques, alternative printing processes, video and text. Lucas has previously received the GlobalArt Agency Best Artist Award and has exhibited his work at the Bath Photography Festivaland at the Metropolitan Art Fair Young Talent Award at the Palais Schönborn.
Elena Helfrecht graduated with a degree in Art History and Book Science at Friedrich-Alexander-University, Erlangen, in 2014 and has just completed an MA in Photography at the Royal College of Art, London. Elena’s work was shown recently in Curated by Girls: New Femininity, curated by Laetitia Duveau, and Envisioning Other Worlds, curated by Melanie King and Martha Gray.
Victoria Louise Doyle is an artist based between Newcastle-upon-Tyne and London. In 2019, she received an MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art, and has exhibited her work previously both nationally and internationally. She is a member of ‘Writing Photographs’ a strand of The Photography and the Contemporary Imaginary Research Hub at London College of Communication.
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