Based in the UK, Craig Ames is an artist and photographer with an interest in contested spaces, expanded forms of evidence, artificial intelligence imaging and the networked image. Encompassing these interconnected themes, he has a diverse practice and work with a range of media, including photography, AI imaging, text, moving-image and sourced, online material.
His interest in photography began when training to become an evidence photographer whilst serving as a combat soldier in the British Army. Documenting terrorist scenes-of-crime and chronicling his day-to-day experiences of ‘The Troubles’ whilst on a tour-of-duty in Northern Ireland, proved to be the catalyst for developing a fascination with the medium.
Collectively, his early work draws heavily from the experiences of his time in the military. However, Craig’s practice also encompasses wider interests, particularly in relation to contested spaces (both physical and digital), the networked image and expanded forms of evidence.
More recently, his focus has shifted to exploring a long-term fascination with artificial intelligence and the monumental advancements we are currently witnessing in contemporary AI imaging algorithms
13 Rembrandts (an experimental, augmented reality exhibition), The Wrong Biennale: Sunderland (2019 – 2020); Kill Zones, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (Collections Space), National Glass Centre, Sunderland (2019); Hidden Civil War, New Bridge Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (2016); Gimme Shelter: Forts & Fictions in the Lowlands, Kunstfort Asperen & Kuntsfort bij VijFhuizen, The Netherlands (2015); Northern Ireland: 30 Years of Photography, Belfast Exposed and the MAC, Belfast (2013); Nothing in the World But Youth, Turner Contemporary, Margate (2011 – 2012); Ways of Looking: Evidence, Bradford International Photography Festival, (2011); Left Right Left, Hug Gallery for International Photography, Amsterdam (2006); Made in Britain: Contemporary British Photography, Huis Marseille and FOAM Institute, Amsterdam (2005); Left Right Left’ & Tour Photographs, Baltic: Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2004); Year One: A Snapshot of Britain, The Photographers’ Gallery, London (2001).
de Marseillaise: Fifteen Years of Collecting, Huis Marseille (2014) Northern Ireland: 30 Years of Photography, Belfast Exposed and the MAC (2013)
Evidence: Ways of Looking, Impressions Gallery (2011)
Nothing in the World But Youth, Turner Contemporary Press (2011)
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Belfast Exposed, Belfast
Huis Marseille: Museum of Photography, Amsterdam
Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland