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Reflections on the relationship between people and landscape by international photographers
5 February – 8 March 2015 at Oxford House in Bethnal Green
Opening: 5 February 2015, 6-9pm

Fabrizio Bilello / Valeria Cherchi / Gregory Collavini / Hugo Deniau / David George / Mitch Karunaratne /Davide Padovan / Omar Sartor / John Wilson / Aviv Yaron
Curated by Francesca Wilkins

Oxford House Gallery is delighted to present its upcoming exhibition, Of People and Places.
This exhibition brings together the work of ten selected photographers from across the world to open up a reflection on the relationship between people and landscape.

Of People and Places explores both the ways in which society’s impact visually manifests itself on the landscape, and the ways in which the land can be of significant influence to individuals, communities and - more specifically - to artists. From the Israeli countryside, across the vast expanse of the Alaskan tundra, through Italy’s suburbia and into the woodlands of Southwest England, Of People and Places takes a look at how we relate to the environment around us, whether it’s by taking in an individual’s experience of particular landscape, or reflecting on the ways in which communities find an identity in specific surroundings.

Each of the series presented in the exhibition draws inspiration from themes such as historical change, intimate memories, sociopolitical issues or questions about identity. By exhibiting established photographers alongside emerging artists, the exhibition aims to offer a multifaceted view of a wide-ranging subject.

Private view: 5 February 2015, 6-9pm
Exhibition runs: 5 February – 8 March 2015
Opening times: Mon-Fri 9am-10pm, Sat-Sun 10am-2pm

Fabrizio Bilello

Fabrizio Bilello is a London-based visual storyteller. Born in a little Sicilian town in 1990, he grew up in close relationship with the sea and, inspired by the surrounding natural landscape, was driven to photography from an early age. He moved to London in 2010 and gained a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Media Practice at the University of Westminster. His work focuses on the relationship between mankind and the natural world, with a particular interest towards environmental issues. His practice attempts to explore new spheres of documentary photography, merging a journalistic methodology with a surrealist and picturesque aesthetic. Working primarily on film, ranging from 35mm to large format, he favours a slow method of development and opts to finalise his projects in the photobook format.

Valeria Cherchi

Valeria Cherchi (b. 1986) is a Sardinian-born photographer currently based in London. After studying Industrial Design and Visual Communication at the Sapienza University of Rome, she achieved her MA in Fashion Photography at UAL. She works mainly on personal portraiture projects regarding music and social documentary. This choice is dictated by a deep interest for the stories behind the person. Focusing on time, memories and nostalgia, Valeria seeks to explore the relationship between the subject's identity and their past. With her photographic research, she aims to visually restore the naturalness of the precise moment in time that splits up two consecutive actions.

Gregory Collavini

Gregory Collavini was born in Bern, Switzerland on the 26th of April 1988, exactly two years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. He obtained his Photography Degree at the ECAL University in Lausanne in 2012. With his work, Gregory’s goal is to question modern society through landscape management and architecture photography. His interest lies in the spaces around him, finding romance in rough landscape constructions and seeking to capture analogies and opposites to create a sense of ambiguity. He has exhibited at the Bienne Festival of Photography and was one of the finalists of the 18th VFG association of creative photographers contest.

Hugo Deniau

Hugo Deniau was born in Paris in 1987, where he now lives and works. In 2012 he graduated from the ECAL University in Lausanne, Switzerland and has since been working as an assistant to Guido Mocafico. He has published work in international magazines and has realised films for various clients. Alongside commissioned work, Hugo continues to develop a number of personal projects. Working with artistic installations, his practice revolves around themes which explore the collective unconscious and ideas of fiction.

David George

David George is an artist and photographer who lives and works in London. He holds a BA (Hons) in Fine Art and Photography and an MA in Photographic Studies. His main interests being the interaction of rural with urban spaces working with long exposure, low level available light photography. David also uses his work to investigate the crossover between analogue and digital photography and uses digital capture to create archival and alternate process images. He shows and sells his work internationally. David is co-founder and publisher of Uncertain States, a quarterly broadsheet showcasing contemporary British photography.

Mitch Karunaratne

Mitch Karunaratne is a London-based documentary landscape photographer. Her work is principally concerned with how stories are held within the land and the relationship between the land and regional identities. Her work is often realised in the form of artist books, finding small and alternative ways to tell the stories that strongly drive her work. Mitch received her MA in Photography from the University of Brighton in 2012. She has exhibited widely both in the UK and abroad, most recently in Norway and Italy. She is a founding member of the MAP6 collective.

Davide Padovan

Davide Padovan lives in Milan where he works as a freelance editor and assistant photographer, at the same time developing personal projects. Using predominantly analogue photography, his work focuses on the dynamics between man and environment, aiming to capture the differences and parallelisms between large cities and the outskirts. His investigative approach is characterised by an instinctiveness and is carried out over long periods of time, in accordance with the transformations of cities and landscapes, following the ever-changing relationship between man and city.

Omar Sartor

Omar Sartor was born near Treviso in 1981, in the hilly area of Vittorio Veneto. Since childhood, he has had a great love for nature. Although he graduated as an agricultural agent, after some professional experiences in agriculture and in the genetic improvement of livestock, he decided to leave everything and change direction. He started to study cinematography, graduating in Photography and Film Editing. Eventually his father decided to give him a motorcycle and thus he began to travel across the world, thanks to which Omar has developed a certain impulse and the need of a personal research into natural and anthropic landscapes, exploring their relations, evolutions and involutions.

John Wilson

John Wilson originates from Portsmouth, UK, where he grew up with a close connection to the sea. It was here that John developed a strong love of wide open spaces and minimal environments. To him the world is a place of constant beauty and wonder, somewhere that is continually shifting and evolving. He considers his images to be the “Stillness” within his world; the point at which he captures that moment of beauty he percives. Since graduating from Blackpool and The Fylde College in 2003 with a BA (Hons) in Photography, John has lived in London working as a Photographer.

Aviv Yaron

Aviv Yaron has been practicing photography, both professionally and as an artist, since 1991. Starting as a still life photographer, he then progressed with the advancements in digital imagery to find himself at the forefront of that revolution, eventually immersing himself in providing visual effects photography for computer generated imagery. Throughout his professional career, Aviv has been an expert practitioner in the analogue and digital realms of image making. Both worlds have influenced his artistic endeavour, where he is in search of the direct contact with the photographic material and the intentions which motivate the creative process.

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Of People and Places

When: February 5, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Repeats: Daily until March 8, 2015
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Where: Oxford House Gallery
London E2 6HG, UK
FREE Contact: Francesca Wilkinsfrancesca_wilkins@hotmail.com
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Derbyshire Street,
Bethnal Green,
London E2 6HG
020 7739 9001

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