Images by Georgia Osborn
Process was a five-day exhibition curated by ten students studying Photography at Manchester School of Art. The wide range of talented work on display came from their exploration into the different forms of ‘process’, created through a number of artistic approaches and techniques. The collaborative exhibition is inspired by themes such as changing technologies, human senses, as well as processes and techniques within photography. The exhibition was held from the 25th -29th May at ArtWork Atelier in Salford with students going to great lengths to make it a memorable evening, giving out badges, stickers and tote bags they had designed, as well as supplying free drinks, which of course, created a brilliant atmosphere at the venue.
I spoke to several of the photographers throughout the evening, and all were very proud of the event they’d curated. It was interesting to unveil the intended concepts behind each piece on display as each simply featured name and a title, therefore allowing the viewers to create their own interpretations.Georgia Osborne, also one of Intertainment’s photographers, created a video documentation to present “a process of life and how quickly we grow up.” She used VHS home-video tapes to tell a personal story of her sister’s life from childhood to adulthood to reflect her concept. She also used music that her sister had made as a backing track for the video, making it a nostalgic and heart-warming experience especially as the video had been put together so talentedly. It was certainly a very memorable part of the exhibition.
Kat Dipper also took a personal approach to her project titled ‘Jam’, which is a term used in roller derby for ‘game’. Kat is part of the Manchester roller derby team, so she incorporated her passion into the exhibition, capturing some amazing photos of her teammates. “I explored the process of changing my relationship with people because in that time I become the photographer and no longer their friend.” She also likes the awkwardness in portraiture because people react differently when facing a camera lens.Another piece that caught my attention was Sophia Jayne Savastano’s collection of beautiful photography based on her sister and best friends’ experiences of depression. Sophia’s photography was an insightful take on mental health whereby she had captured the strength and bravery of those suffering from it to represent the process of healing. When speaking to Sophia, she explained “my piece is called ‘Break the Stigma’, and I created portraits with a sense of importance to show how they are strong women who are also beautiful. I interviewed them and asked them how it felt, and they said that getting out of bed is hard, and simple things like having a shower are too. But I wanted a positive take on it, so I used the simple forms such as a bed to create a conceptual, subtle take on depression.” It is easy to appreciate the beauty of a photograph, but we often miss the real meaning behind them, which is why exhibitions like this are such an excellent opportunity for art students to display the conceptual side of their work, as well as the visuals.
The technical details included in Amy Lofthouse’s installation piece relating to her idea that “looking is a process”, was another stand out. “I took the lens off my camera, and there were mirrors inside. I immediately thought of a periscope, so the idea is changing the viewpoint.” She explained. Amy developed this into an interactive piece that we could move around to view the space from different perspectives which was a fun, interesting interpretation of Process.This was a similar idea to Daniel Harrington who also explored perspective, yet in an entirely different way. Daniel’s photography was based on how heavily monitored and watched England is due to the amount of CCTV. He merged people’s fear of the camera with his love for architecture which added depth to the photographs displaying both portraiture and a clear atmosphere. The photography was stunning and presented a social and physical aspect of how we are being watched, therefore causing us to think a lot about contemporary society and the city we live in.
The exhibition adapted the more linear, ideas we have of a ‘process’ and explored many different interpretations of the term in an artistic way. It was a highly enjoyable evening full of discussion, enthusiasm and amazing artwork that the photographers should be extremely proud of. To view their work online visit www.processexhibit.com or on Instagram at @processexhibit.
The Process Exhibition included artwork by Georgia Osborn, Daniel Harrington, Sophia Jayne Savastano, Kat Dipper, Melissa Hodgkinson, Amy Lofthouse, Paul Railton, Daisy Southern, Delia Tanase, Qurratulain Zamin.