For all who missed the University of Brighton's Photography MA show, World 2013, here are a few
of my highlights. Lisa Barnard has recently published Chateau Despair, a series of photographs taken inside the abandoned Conservative party headquarters. Barnard is a political artist that considers the future (and present state) of war technology including unmanned drones and virtual training.
I enjoyed Joy Stacey's The Tourist (above), a double screen video installation "exploring the relationship between Palestinian antiquity and cultural heritage..." There was an intentional lack of text throughout the exhibition so initially I took all of the work on face value. This reminded me of a silent 'Are you talking to me?' by Douglas Gordon.
When an MA student deliberately avoids conceptional intention it could be perceived as foolhardy and/or naïve. However, Fu-An Chen has made a successful body of work avoiding any academic forethought. Chen presents striking black and white images that come from daily life; a diaristic account or "expressive reflection" in the artist's own words.