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Ritu Arya

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रोज़ | Roz

This photo story titled 'Roz', that means 'daily / everyday' [origin - Persian], has a few selects images taken during my stay in Kashmir - one of the most beautiful places on earth, a paradise, and a region that has been in a conflict for more than half a century now, a conflict that doesn't seem to come an end. The pictures I've selected are of some day to day things taken in different areas, subtly aiming to portray the stark contradiction, because even though these pictures depict the regular, the region's daily happenings and real situation is anything but that.

Margherita Vitagliano

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My initial thought was to lay bare the wounds that each of us carries inside, here comes the title: Those hidden wounds. Then as I was putting together the project I’ve come up with another interpretation. Some of these postcards are Victorian age, sewing them up together gave me almost  the impression to find pieces of life, memories, feelings, images that belong to the past and then the my work is a work of memory, even if not mine. Reassembling pieces of frozen pictures from years of neglect is as if reconstruct their history, their hopes, their sufferings, ultimately their lives.

Hayley Jones

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When lockdown happened, various personal situations saw my family life and mental health thrown up in the air. I could not support family members I did not live with and everything just felt really out of control. I have been using celebrities as my subject matter for the last two years, they are icons, but they suddenly felt so distant, so irrelevant. The combination of the pandemic and family events brought sharply into focus what was really important in my life and saw subsequent changes to my art practice.

Lockdown meant that nobody was meant to leave the house, so all contact,
all life outside of my house appeared on some sort of rectangular screen, be that a phone or Tv. I started to photograph little things I noticed through a cardboard box. At a time when we were supposed to be social distancing, I craved proximity. I found that taking the time to slow down and take these photographs through a cardboard box brought me little moments of peace at a time I felt that I was spinning out of control. No longer trying to escape the humdrum of everyday life, I intended on capturing every beautiful moment.

I began to attach narratives to the images, such as the triptych of images called Living in a Box, which has a particular focus on insects as a metaphor. The First image is of a bumble bee, symbolic of how we as humans were busily going about our business, focusing on work. The second image is of a fly, which represents the fly in the ointment for when we are all put into lockdown. Lastly, the third image has a big yellow flower, to represent focusing on the positives, but if you look closely you see all of the tiny little insects trying to overtake the flower, which are symbolic of all of the problems and worries that our mind has been trying to contend with.

Maria-Alejandra Huicho

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Negritos, Pariñas and La Brea (The Tar) are all names of villages in Piura, in the northern coast of Peru. They share an arid geography, a proximity to the sea and a cultural and political history tied to oil.

The traces of the abandoned containers, refineries and offices spread around the vast northern desert run parallel to the presence of its people and the history of the region. The landscape bears the mark of oil extraction but the people that inhabit it have also bound their lives, culture and history to it.

Various textures, formats and subjects are put together to shape a multi-layered evocation of the region and ultimately reveal the sculptural of its landscapes, the juxtaposition of present and past, of migration, loss, hope and the perseverance of the human spirit.

sam branan

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"Untitled #8" from the series "Regeneration" by sam branan (@whoknowswhereitgoes) about new beginnings, catharticism, and the self.

Luis Rubim

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Luis is a multidisciplinary artist and street&press photographer based in London. His photographic work often approaches the human and narratives of a humanistic character. His work has been featured, published and exhibited internationally, most notably at Art Basel Miami (as a Miami Street Photography Festival Finalist) and featured in the British Journal of Photography.

 

As a cartoonist, Luis is making a return to the art after a long hiatus, of mainly personal work however he has had work recently exhibited at the Festival of Economy of Trento in 2018, under the theme "Technology and Jobs". Luis loves the natural and free expression of pencil and paper but has started to engage in digital techniques striving to strike a balance between the two mediums for greater range of expression.

Luis currently also explores coding to create engaging, interactive art and physical objects, exploring play and mimicry, as well as the overlapping borders of art and science.

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