Artist profiles, which are produced through studio visits and correspondence. The text is co-edited by the artist before publication.
Inès Elsa Dalal (b. 1990) is a Birmingham based documentary photographer that specialises in portraiture and socially engaged projects. In her solo exhibition, West Indies to West Midlands (2014), portraits of West Indian war veterans who fought for the British military during WWI who now reside in North Birmingham were juxtaposed with the veteran’s own archival photographs. Her latest portrait series, commissioned by True Form Projects, features South Asian women who live in Birmingham and the Black Country that forms part of the exhibition Asian Youth Culture (2017-2018). For this series the participants co-authored the work by choosing when, where, and how they were photographed. Extracts from oral history interviews are exhibited alongside the portraits to narrate different perspectives of living in the UK as a British-Asian woman.
(Studio visit 13 Feb 2018)
Navi Kaur (b.1993) influenced by her local context and grandparents, who migrated to the West Midlands from Punjab in the mid 1960s, makes work that reflects her relationship between: migration, interconnection, and displacement. Her photography series, Things That Remind Me of Home (2017), shows individual household objects such as, a carton of Sunpride Juice, and a pretty glass; perhaps it’s someone's favourite. The collection of photographs narrate a story about the daily life of her Budimom and Baba Ji (Grandma and Grandad) and each object provides nuances of nostalgia about being brought up in England during the 80/90s. Recently, Navi went on a trip to Punjab with her grandparents, which she documented and plans to make into a new work.
(Studio visit 2 Feb 2018)
Ed Florance (b.1995) creates digital “encounters”, which seem illogical yet simultaneously credible. In Over and Out (2017), a discarded computer-chair has fallen onto the marble floor of a vacant office. The details in the room, such as the subtle gleam of light that bounces off the floor, muddle the perception of what’s virtual and real. The chair is shown from varying perspectives, which generates a feeling of expectation, similar to the mystery provoked in a game of Cluedo, as the questions: “what’s happened here?” and “what’s going to happen here?” arise. Nothing happens, and through its inactivity, the narrative is suspended. He is graduate of the Manchester School of Art and based in Birmingham.
(Studio visit 29 Jan 2018)
Ned Pooler (b.1992) is a Birmingham based artist that makes sculptures, which allude to the Pfttthh moments of life. Such as, the anxiety-inducing wait of the person you fancy receiving your WhatsApp message (see: Left on read, 2018). His sculptures appear refined, and sharply finished, however, on closer inspection, scuffs, cuts, and breakages are shown on the surface. These damages are made during fabrication and articulate the tribulations of process; of being human; of getting on with it. Pooler is a graduate of the University of Leeds and co-director of artist collective Seize Projects
(Studio visit 14 Jan 2018)