July 13, 2022

JUNE 2022 MONTHLY AWARD SHORTLIST

THE INVISIBLES: WHAT HUMANS FROM BEHIND THE SCENES HAVE TO SAY?

The Invisibles, photography by Jurga Kalinauskaite

 

Jurga Kalinauskaite’s photo project ‘The Invisibles’ features people who are working in the live music industry. Through a series of black and white portraits, she pays tribute to the unseen people working hard behind the scenes. She reflects: ‘The majority of the workers in the live music industry are invisible. This project is about them and aims to show that appreciation they and their important work truly deserve.”

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INFEST

Embroidery, beading and leather by Alexandra Emmeline

 

The ‘Infest’ collection was born out of the pandemic and a love for entomology museum displays. Alexandra Emmeline uses detailed beadwork and embroidery to mimic patterns found in the natural world. The result is pieces of jewellery and shirts embroidered with beading that “depict a beautiful but grotesque process of an infestation consuming a space.”

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DEPROGRAMMING MATERIAL MINDS

Wax sculptures by Liam Carlton

 

Liam Carlton’s body of work is composed of 31 samples made from wax and the end result is 31 different outcomes. He explores how artists can free themselves by considering other materials outside the traditional materials used in architecture. He states: “If we can reimagine 31 different outcomes just in wax, let’s imagine the possibilities of all materials. There is a whole new world of opportunities. Let’s explore material.”

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WHAT MAKES US FEEL GUILTY? SHOULD IT? AN EXPLORATION OF QUEERNESS, FAMILY AND MODERN DAY SOCIETY

Guilt Quilt, poetry by Jack Diver

 

Jack Diver ponders the issue of guilt in his poetry collection ‘Guilt Quilt’. He describes it as “a poetry quilt presented as a transitional object of queer attachment”. In the collection he discusses queerness, family, and society and the interwoven guilt surrounding these topics.

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THE RIVER REMINDS US OF LONGING AND BELONGING

Nile Dee Don, a short film by Eldin & Love (Helen Love & Noon Salah Eldin)

 

Eldin & Love’s short film features Noon Salah Eldin’s poem  ‘Daughter to the Nile’. She reflects: “The poem talks about my experience of leaving my birth country in my twenties to navigate the skies of a new country; how I feel as a Muslim, black woman; the feeling you get at the airport of being an outsider; and how tense you feel going through the immigration lines; my parents hopes and dreams for me, and their wisdom and love that held me through some difficult times. The poem also pays special tribute to a young Sudanese refugee.”

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SYNTHETIC PERSONALITY

Synthetic Identity, mixed material sculpture by John Buchanan

 

John Buchanan’s work deals with the issue that people struggling with their mental health are often prescribed medication. He states: “The action of taking medication is often described as a sticking plaster to give someone time to get through difficulties. The problem comes when the plaster then becomes an irrevocable patch.”

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