Mersey Paradise by Saesha Ward
Freda Swain Lounge, FREE
Mersey Paradise by Saesha Ward

Mersey Paradise by Saesha Ward

Friday 30 Jun 2017 - Saturday 09 Sep 2017
Freda Swain Lounge, FREE

The Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries is delighted to present 2017’s Guildhall Graduate Show Award exhibition, Mersey Paradise by Saesha Ward.

After exhibiting twice in Portsmouth and once in London as part of both undergraduate and graduate group exhibitions, Saesha has been awarded the Guildhall Graduate Show Award for her work at the CCI Graduate Show 2017.

Saesha says she is thrilled to have been chosen to take part as a solo photographer.

“My practice often explores youth identity and culture through documentary portraiture,” she says. “Mersey Paradise is one of my most personal yet as I captured intimate portraits of seven of my closest friends.”

Through exploring a subjective sense of identity and image, Mersey Paradise questions whether portraiture can reflect the intimacy of a friendship between photographer and subject. By shooting her peers at home in Manchester, Saesha explored commonalities and group identity; one that manifests itself to a wider cultural identity of youth in Northern England. Considerately composed and thoughtfully lit, the portraits reflect the character of the individuals as well as that of the artist.

“The title of the series mirrors that of a well-known song by The Stone Roses, emphasising the significance to me that I explored my self-identity in my home town,” Saesha explains. “Overall, the series is a cooperative piece between my closest friends and I and is a telling of ourselves together and our relation in the present.”

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Drinking Kindly note no flash photography or iPads are allowed, and neither is externally bought drinks or any liquids - only certain food will be allowed. See our House Rules for more info.

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