Four talented photographers from South-West England present their latest projects: Lúa Ribeira, Isaac Blease, Janire Nájera and Matthew Broadhead
IC Visual Lab and the Arnolfini will host an evening with four emerging photographers from the South West of England. Having recently studied under some of the UK’s leading photographic undergraduate schemes, Lúa Ribeira, Isaac Blease, Janire Nájera and Matthew Broadhead have since gained international recognition for their work. All photographers have secured a number of scholarships and grants, featured in various publications, and exhibited across the UK and abroad. The talk will introduce their projects and discuss their efforts to ignite their careers.
Lúa Ribeira Cendán will present her latest series Noises in the Blood. The project explores the role of dancehall, a genre of Jamaican popular music. Shot in Birmingham, the photographs touch upon questions of cultural expression and collision, feminism and universal concepts like birth, love, death and sex. Since receiving her BA in Documentary Photography last year from The University of South Wales, Lúa has received international appraisal for her work. She is currently preparing a solo show at FishBar Gallery in London.
Isaac Blease’s latest body of work, Charaxes Imperialis, relates to the African butterfly collection he inherited after his Grandfather’s death. Discussing ideologies of conquest, control and acquisition, the images draw parallels between butterfly collecting and colonisation. Isaac graduated at The University of South Wales in Newport in Documentary Photography (BA Hons) and is now completing a MA on Curating at University of West of England. Charaxes Imperialis was recently shortlisted for the second Jerwood/Photoworks Awards.
Janire Nájera is a documentary photographer based in Wales. Her most recent work investigates the work of Ed Grothus, a well-known anti-nuclear protestor. Atomic Ed provides information about Ed’s life journey and the history of The Black Hole, a military surplus store that was later transformed into a repository for artefacts of nuclear science. Since graduating in Documentary Photography from the University of Wales, Janire has exhibited internationally. Her work has been featured in numerous publications.
Matthew Broadhead has gained sustained recognition for his graduate work Heimr. Operating at the intersection between documentary and conceptual art, Matthew creates fictional works based on factual source material. Broadhead graduated last year from the BA Photography programme at the University of Brighton. Heimr has been featured in The British Journal of Photography Wallpaper* and received awards from Photoworks and Organ Vida
Organised by Arnolfini and IC-Visual Lab.