FORMAT24: Future Now Artists & Curator Panel Discussion

Free Zoom talk.

Join us for an online panel discussion led by FORMAT24: Future Now curator Jodi Kwok alongside Future Now exhibiting artists Deacon Lui, Kota Ishida, Melanie King and Sergey Novikov. This talk will explore the ideas and processes of how each artist produces their work, leading to a discussion about Future Now and how each artist has responded to the exhibition theme, followed by a Q&A.

Future Now’ is an exhibition exploring ways in which the medium of photography can be used and interpreted, demonstrating this through varied approaches that include installation, 3D sculpture, archives, and alternative analogue processes.

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Artist Biographies:

Deacon Lui is an artist who explores identity, social justice, and displacement through photography. He was born in Hong Kong, where he graduated from BA (Hons) Sociology at Hong Kong Baptist University. Following that, he graduated from MA Documentary Photography and Photojournalism at the London College of Communication. Since relocating to London in 2022, Deacon’s work has evolved to question the boundaries of documentary image-making. He experiments with alternative photography and printing processes to explore the representation of marginality, forced displacement, and social alienation. His recent works seek to capture the essence of human resilience and resistance in the face of social changes and adversity.

Kota Ishida is a contemporary artist born in Tokyo, currently based in the UK. After extensively exploring visual arts at Ritsumeikan University’s College of Image Arts and Sciences, he is now advancing his research and creation at the University for the Creative Arts in the MFA Photography program. His work delves deeply into the relationship between images and humans within the context of Post Photography, utilizing photographs as a medium and transforming them into sculptures with the aid of modern technologies, specifically AI and 3D printers.

Melanie King is a working class artist and curator, originally from Manchester, UK. Melanie is now based in Kent, UK. She is co-Director of super/collider, Lumen Studios and founder of the London Alternative Photography Collective. Melanie is Lecturer In Photography at Canterbury Christ Church University, and a practice-based PhD Candidate at the Royal College of Art. She is the Interim Chair of the Royal College of Art, Working Class Collective. She is represented by the Land Art Agency.

Melanie is interested in the relationship between the environment, photography and materiality. Melanie intends to highlight the intimate connection between photographic materials and the natural world. Melanie is currently researching several sustainable photographic processes, to minimise the environmental impact of her artistic practice.

Sergey Novikov (born 1979 in Cheboksary, USSR, based in London). He has got an education in photo and video editing. He has been working on photographic projects since 2010. His projects center on the economy and culture of territories and societies and the mechanisms by which they function. Photographic practice includes interventions in urban landscape and staging as well as reenactments of the visual marks of modernity.


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