The Graduates Award exhibition aims to give six recent graduates from the University of Derby the opportunity to exhibit their work at one of Europe’s leading photography festivals. Each artist has adopted their own distinct approach to FORMAT19’s central theme of FOREVER//NOW.
In Alys Russell’s photography series Prime Sight, she pastes retrieved photos from junk shops onto billboards, creating a public display of the family album alongside GPRS coordinates of the billboard’s location.
Danielle Shambley’s large sculptural installation Eructate: The 90th Year is comprised of personal photographs from the family albums of people of Derby from 1928 to the present day.
In Deana Bowman’s work Social Detox Required, the unattainable body image created by the mass media is critiqued through appropriated imagery and text.
Jess Redfearn has combined every selfie she has taken and rendered these photos as a physical artefact in Amalgam.
Private II by Kerri Bartlett invites you to look closer at these ‘insignificant’ and ‘menial’ tasks she carries out each day.
Nuno Almeida’s Ante-Genesis is an exploration into the evolution of both photography and virtual reality, which challenges the boundaries and perception of the photograph.
Graduating in 2018, the six artists, from the University of Derby BA(Hons) Photography course and BA(Hons) Fine Art course, were selected by a panel of festival judges to exhibit their work at FORMAT19 from a large body of talented graduating students.