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Future Map 11






With so many creative practitioners graduating every year, particularly from the almighty University of the Arts, it's almost an impossible task to schlep to every degree show from the institution's 6 prestigious colleges, let alone cherry pick young talent before they inevitably hit the mainstream. Cue Future Map 11, an exhibition which celebrates the work of artists and designers graduating in 2011 from University of the Arts.

Hosted at the Zabludowicz Collection, a non-profit project space that like Future Map, is dedicated to bring emerging talent to new audiences. Now in its fourteenth year, Future Map has built a reputation amongst industry insiders for highlighting the 'next big thing' of graduates in the art and design world.

Future Map 11 represents twenty three courses from across the University, showcasing photography, film, fine art, drawing, design, fashion, footwear and jewellery. The thirty exhibiting artists are selected from 10,000 graduates from Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Art. Exhibitors have selected by an expert panel; David Roberts, Collector & Founder of the David Roberts Arts Foundation, Mark Rappolt, Editor of Art Review, handbag designer Lulu Guinness and European Director of Etsy.com Matt Stinchcomb.

The Zabludowicz Collection Future Map Prize will be awarded to one exhibiting artist, enabling them to continue to develop their work in the months following the graduation, supporting them financially and helping the production of their work.

The Future Map 11 exhibiting artists are:
Geoff Bartholomew (Camberwell, BA Photography); Poppy Bisdee (Wimbledon, BA Fine Art: Sculpture); Jing Jing Cao (CSM, BA Jewellery Design); Camilo Echeverri (LCF, MA Fashion Photography); Jo Gibbs (Chelsea, MA Textiles); Jon Anders Gulbrandsen (Chelsea, MA Graphic Design Communication); Emma Hancock (LCF, BA Footwear: Product Design & Development); Jade Heritage (Wimbledon, BA Fine Art: Time-Based Media); Chieh Ting Huang (Camberwell, MA Designer Maker); Pip Jolley (CSM, BA Jewellery Design); Iyvone Khoo (CSM, MA Fine Art); Mariya Kotova (LCF, BA FDT Surface Textiles); Alex Kwan (CSM, BA Graphic Design); Martha Lewis (Camberwell, BA Painting); Lulu Liu (LCF, BA FDT Womenswear); Alexandra March (Wimbledon, MA Fine Art); Kat Marks (LCF, MA Fashion Artefact); Giovanni Martins (LCF, MA Fashion Photography); Joanna Mires (Camberwell, BA Ceramics); Nathan Murphy (Wimbledon, MA Fine Art); Matthew Nicholson (CSM, MA Communication Design); Oliver Ruuger (LCF, MA Fashion Artefact); Alexander Small (Camberwell, MAVA Fine Art), Karin Soderquist (Camberwell, BA Illustration); Holly Stevenson (Chelsea, MA Fine Art); Jy Yeon Suh (CSM, MA Industrial Design); Nicol Vizioli (LCF, MA Fashion Photography); Hsiang Wang (CSM, MA Industrial Design); Wei Wang (LCF, MA Fashion Artefact); Renhui Zhao (LCC, MA Photography).

We spoke to four of the exhibiting artists: Nicol Vizioli, Camilo Echeverri, Lulu Liu and Alex March about how they work and what plans they have for their prospective future.

Alexandra March

What is your creative background? (e.g. what course(s) did you study?)

I recently graduated with a Masters in Fine Art from Wimbledon College of Art. I've got a varied background; painter/decorator, drawing tutor, building site labourer, landlady, window dresser, office dogsbody, set painter and shop girl being just some of the stops along the way, but I've always been an artist and studying for my masters was a culmination of years of making work in every spare moment. It gave me the luxury of concentrating solely on thinking about, reading about, talking about and making art. It was absolutely wonderful.

How would you describe your work? What medium/processes do you use?

I'm an information junkie, I read, look and absorb all of the time, my process starts with fascination. My current obsessions are family ephemera and photography, I've always been fascinated by the portrait and being portrayed and being an amateur psychologist you can't help but be hooked by the stories and histories you find in old photography. Recent work has involved revivifying old found photographs through digital and chemical processes, their anonymity at odds with the striking and touching personalities that I see. I've also always used drawing as an integral part of my process. For me it's a thinking tool, and I never stop. Work generally consists of photographic material and drawings using a variety of materials and painting, but I don't like to restrict myself to medium, and I might make some films this year, something I haven't done before.

Tell me about the project that you are exhibiting at Future Map 11. Is it a new commissioned body of work or is it a previous project?

The project showing at Future Map 11 is two pieces from a series of work called Retrofit, produced toward the end of my MA. I call them peeled photograph drawings. I use found photography - I'm particularly fond of the golden brown tones of old seventies home photography - and blow them up. They are reprinted and I incise and remove portions of the image with a scalpel. I remove the faces, and some of the detail, basically editing where I see fit. The contrast between the glossy image that remains and the stark blank areas of white paper echoes the contrast between the object and the image. I'm interested in the conceptual values of what an image contains and what a photograph is and represents. I chose these images of childhood because they are affecting, striking in a way that Barthes would have understood, and because it is in your childhood that you develop, and become who you are. I'm aware that the resulting work is startling, sometimes disturbing, but beautiful too. They need to be seen up close and personal to be understood; curiously, re-photographing them doesn't seem to do them justice.

Have you been commissioned for any projects/work since you graduated? Do you have any upcoming exhibitions/projects?

I'm pleased to be featured in the ArtCatlin Guide, which launches in January at the London Art Fair. I'm working on a new set of drawings, which might develop into new work, or might be new work in themselves, and I have a list of books I want to read. I hope to be part of some alumni salons this year too, to keep some of that art school vibe going. I'm also developing a new piece of work, provisionally entitled Film Fan, with artist filmmaker and fellow Wimbledon alumni Katie Goodwin.

Camilo Echeverri

What is your creative background? (e.g. what course(s) did you study?)

I've always been interested in photography, but I ended up studying architecture because there aren't any photography programmes in Columbia (where I'm from), and I was afraid of studying arts (parents pressure, not an easy issue in a conservative Latin American country.) I worked as an architect after graduation with Levi's Colombia designing stores, window displays and exhibitions. This was my entry into the fashion world. I then moved to a lingerie company, a very traditional Colombian Brand, as a creative director and we had the chance to make lots of changes. I call this experience my photography school; I got the chance to work for 6 years with Colombian photographers and design studios, learning all the tricks and methods of the industry. I then quit the job and started my own studio where I worked with almost all the Colombian Brands and some international ones too. After 7 years I decided to move to London and study an MA in fashion photography, to explore theoretical discussions.

How would you describe your work? What medium/processes do you use?

I use all kind of mediums in photography - digital, film, different formats, colour, black and white. Everything is part of an experiment and a recollection of ideas, experiences and stories.

Tell me about the project that you are exhibiting at Future Map 11. Is a new commissioned body of work or is it a previous project?

The SuperWomen series is a project I did when I was at London College of Fashion in 2010. I sometimes think that all my projects are unfinished, or that maybe I am doing just one big project. Each image of the SuperWomen series is a still of a story, with a past and future un-recordable by photography. Every image tells a story of everyday life in a fictional mode. I use a Hollywood cinematic language to represent the paradoxical happiness of consumption. These images are full of nostalgia, sadness and colours and question the border where fiction starts and reality ends.

Have you been commissioned for any projects/work since you graduated? Do you have any upcoming exhibitions/projects?

I worked before, during and after university in the fashion industry. I mostly work in Colombia and the US with commercial brands but I spent the last year working on some observation exercises in Latvia. I am planning an exhibition with the images resulting from this.

Lulu Liu

What is your creative background? (e.g. what course(s) did you study?)

I studied BA Womenswear at London College of Fashion and graduated in 2011.

How would you describe your work? What medium/processes do you use?

My work is high end luxury Womenswear - it's bold, strong and unique.

Tell me about the project that you are exhibiting at Future Map 11. Is a new commissioned body of work or is it a previous project?

I will be exhibiting garments from my 2011 AW collection at Future map 11, the collection is based on traditional monk's dress but has a bold, luxury modern twist.

Have you been commissioned for any projects/work since you graduated? Do you have any upcoming exhibitions/projects?

I have had commissions since I graduated and have sold bespoke versions of my work to clients in the UK, China and Saudi Arabia. Most recently my work was worn by Misha B in the quarter final of the X-factor .

Nicol Vizioli

What is your creative background? (e.g. what course(s) did you study?)

As far as I can remember I have always created images, starting with painting which is my first love, since I was a child. My father is a photographer, so it happened that one day he gave me an old camera so I could play. I got my first degree in Rome, where I studied Cinema & Digital Arts, and two years later I moved to London, where I recently completed a Masters in Fashion Photography, at London College of Fashion.

How would you describe your work? What medium/processes do you use?

My work, like my inspiration, comes from different places. Old books, found photographs and writings, the Italian baroque, my family, European cinema - mainly French and Italian - and so many other things which constantly change. I am not interested in documenting the reality around me; the only reality I am interested in is the one that all the incredible creatures I often meet suggest to me, the one I see when I close my eyes, almost sleeping. The only real thing I know is the deep and sharp need I have inside me, which most of the time I don't know where it is leading me. But as long as I can feel it, I will trust my work. My process is simple; I draw a lot, I mainly work on film and I love daylight, and photography is just a tool, an amazing one, to express something I feel I have to.

Tell me about the project that you are exhibiting at Future Map 11. Is a new commissioned body of work or is it a previous project?

The project displayed at Future Map 11 is Shadows On Parade. It is the final project I made for my Master degree in 2011: 22 portraits, shot on film, medium format.The project draws on many different ideas, such as mythology, literature, painting and the animal world: photography is therefore regarded as the convergence point, where all of them meet. There is a specific idea of space in it: no scenario, the possible reality is a black box, antechamber of desire, abyss. There is no emptiness or total absence of life, but a summary of all the choices and possibilities, from which life's forms and shapes come. And in that obscurity I weave memories, exploring remembrances, instincts and desires. Due to the soft light, figures appear like a revelation and the rest remains wrapped in the deep darkness, in the mystery.

I shot with the marvel of who can wait, the wait of a moment - the photographic one - the illuminated one of Caravaggio, the fatal one of Bacon, two of my main references. Another key of this project, and actually of my whole research, is the wide range of human forms and different beauties I worked with. Each character was carefully chosen for this project; I wanted the idea of human completeness to disappear, photographing the discrepancy instead of the person.

Have you been commissioned for any projects/work since you graduated? Do you have any upcoming exhibitions/projects?

Since the Masters ended a lot of things happened, and those things have been leading me towards a new dimension of my work and a new dimension of my experience as an artist. For example, while I was still on the course, I was shortlisted for the Sony World Photography Awards 2011 and my work was exhibited at Somerset House.

Apart from some interesting editorial projects/publications, I worked with different fashion designers, all of them talented, all of them challenging me to cross my limits and try to explore the fashion field a bit more every time. I had the opportunity to create a photo-installation, Act Of Faith, during London Fashion Week in September. It was a collaboration between me and Oliver Ruuger, who is a talented designer, a very good friend and is also featured in Future Map.

One of the most exciting things that has happened to me was in October 2011. I was chosen to represent the city of Rome where I come from in The XV Biennale of Europe and the Mediterranean, held in Thessaloniki, Greece. The show was fantastic, and being there with other 200 artists from across Europe and beyond, was an incredible experience for me.

After Future Map, in February I will be part of a very interesting group show in Milan, at Officine dell'Immagine. At the moment I want to explore different ways of creating images, trying to push the boundaries of photography, experimenting with other media and collaborating with artists I like. I also recently started working on a new project, which as I imagine it - will hopefully involve the moving image as well as photography and painting.

Future Map 11 Exhibition continues:
12 January - 5 February 2012
Zabludowicz Collection Thursday-Sunday, 12-6pm, other times by appointment
176 Prince of Wales Road
London,
NW5 3PT
Nearest Tube: Chalk Farm
Overground: Kentish Town West
Admission free


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17:55 - 06/01/12

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