On View

Portrait at the Black box

October 28, 2018

One of mine included in the gallery show
November 1st – 20th

Black Box Gallery,
811 East Burnside St. #212 Portland, Oregon 97214

You can find it here too, if you can’t get to Oregon!
Blackbox Link

Connected

October 26, 2018

The exhibition is on!
Villa Wieser, Herxheim, Germany
now until the 25th November 2018

Connected

Alison South, Emma Delpech, Ines Gonzalez Cordero, Mathew Aldred, Monika Bruckner, Mwamba Mulangala, RobTM, Susan Miller, Tanya Ahmed

cof Connected – Foreground- Tanya Ahmed – Background – Mwamba Mulangala – Through the Doors – Monika Bruckner -at Villa Wieser, Herxheim Photo by Emma Delpech

If you can’t make it to Herxheim, then here’s a bit of an explanation and if you click the link there’s a digital view of the work I am showing there:

“Every photograph is a certificate of presence” (Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida). A physical
connection of photographer to subject. Within Tanya Ahmed’s 4 volumes of ‘Connected’
photographs Tanya looks into the further reaches of photography and how it connects
photographer, subject and audience.

Connected ⅰ

A Circumnavigation of Manhattan in 5 Parts
42 miles – 42 photographs
Tanya Ahmed & Amy Bradley

Feet to earth, a photographic partnership pacing out the perimeter of Manhattan
Using both cell phones and cameras Tanya and Amy connect physically and
photographically to the accessible edge of Manhattan in a 42 mile photowalk
culminating in 42 photographs that explore both place, the comparison of individual
visual interest and partnership in representation. Connected ⅰ

Connected ⅱ

30 Years
Reading – Film camera
New York City – Computer (skype)
Tanya Ahmed

Across time and place through technology spanning 3 decades and 2 continents
Thirty years ago the connection between subject and photographer was undeniably intimate as
both occupied the same physical, private space. Today although Tanya and these subjects
have remained connected over 30 years, their space is more often than not a digital one.
As the technology has changed relationships that may have lost their physical intimacy due to
geographical distance have continued through digital access. A visual and audio intimacy. Not
maybe as satisfying personally, visually or physically but a connection when the geography
won’t permit one otherwise. Connected ⅱ

Connected ⅲ

Tanya Ahmed
with
Raymond Aponte
Dewald Botha
Peter Cole
Ines Gonzalez Cordero
Keith Greenough
Beverly Holder
Rob ™
Alison South
Jason White
Beverley Yates

Looking at the work popping into her instagram feed, Tanya began to see elements in her
fellow photographer and artist friends’ work that reminded her of specific archived images of
her own.
So what makes the personal connection and the visual connections merge? Is it the
environment, education, culture, the same personal likes, do we influence each other?
Whatever it is we are connected through our gaze. Connected ⅲ

Connected ⅳ

Tanya Ahmed
House Guests
of the exhibition
Reading : A Start & a Return
A Homecoming 30 years in The Making
Turbine House,
Riverside Museum
Blakes Lock, Reading, UK

The exhibition was of work from 5 photographers who knew each other for 30 years and
showed work from the beginning of that time and current work. Returning to the place of their
original meeting the exhibition became a venue for extended talk with visitors of the passing of
in relation to the geographical area and photography itself. Visitors were encourage to talk and
also to add photographs of the area to the exhibition. The visitors Tanya spent a significant
time talking with during the exhibition also became the subject of a concurrent project House
Guests. Photographs produced an audience, who became photographs for a new audience. Connected ⅳ

We are Connected (16 videos)

March 07, 2018

16 new slideshow videos are now up on my website – We are Connected. But first, allow me to tell you how they came about…

Over the last few years I’ve been thinking about both my archive and how the audience interacts with photography and have had several exhibitions exploring these themes.

In 2015, I, along with 5 other photographers who had attended Berkshire College of Art and Design, held an exhibition at Turbine House, Reading. We presented photographs from 30 years previously and contrasted it with new work. I also took new photographs of the area during community photo walks I organized and at the close of the exhibition we also exhibited the photographs taken by the exhibition visitors.

Exhibition website
Community project (scroll to the bottom and work up!)

In 2016, with a different set of photographers, the photographic collective I belong to, [( 6 )], decided to connect with each other and with place. We met in Oxford, UK, for a weekend of photography. I went with the idea of waiting to see what aspects of Oxford would draw me upon arrival. Our photographs were then displayed at the Riverside Gallery in Oxford, Nova Scotia, Canada. Whilst there I briefly photographed Oxford, Nova Scotia too.

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Exhibition website

In 2017, finishing an MA in fine Art, I needed to choose what work I would share for the final exhibition at the Civic in Barnsley, UK, whilst acknowledging it was important to me that the audience would be engaged in the work.

With this exhibition I wanted to take audience participation to a new level and so chose to not hang any of my photographs. Instead I presented boxes containing 16 photo projects from the last three years. These photographs were made in response to reflecting on my existing archive and the continuation of adding to it. A circular route revisiting old haunts, exploring current routes and encountering new places. One journey, ending with this archive, the corroboration of my connection to place.

Gallery visitors walked into a room that contained a table (with a book to write in), a wall with metal strips and magnets and a window where the portfolio boxes were stored across 8 shelves. They were invited to delve into the archive. Handle the photographs. Feel my process unfold and their route through it. Find their visual or personal associations, by shuffling the prints in their boxes, laying them on the table or the floor, mixing one project with another. They completed the journey by curating and hanging the final exhibition as they wanted it. A collaboration between us if you will, connecting through the journey to the final destination.

The visitors shared their process and results with me and other gallery visitors and through writing about their experience and choices and finally photographing their exhibition. Some of these photographs are featured on my instagram page

link to Instagram (scroll to the bottom and work up!)

You can see some of the work and contact details for the other artists in the Exhibition catalogue

These photographs show the gallery space (sans people), visitors sorting through photographs on the table and hanging them on the wall (with the magnets) – more over on instagram, including some of the final curated exhibitions.

The sixteen videos of the photographs in each of the 16 boxes can be seen H E R E
I’d get a drink and a biscuit before you start if you want to see them all!

Thanks for your interest. I’m working on something new for an exhibition coming up in Germany in October so stay tuned for that!

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Tate 2

November 17, 2017

Here is my photo being displayed at the Tate Britain as part of the Urban Photo Festival 2017 last week
Photo by Hazel Bingham (Thanks Hazel)

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I’m at the Tate (again!) Urban Photo Fest 2017

November 03, 2017

Absolutely delighted that for the second year
my work has been chosen in the Urban Photo Fest Open.
Last year I had two images screened at the Tate Modern, London.
This year I have one at the Tate Britain, London!
You can see all the chosen images on Friday November 10th
after a talk by Photographer Roger Ballen there’ll be a drinks thing!
Details here

Time and the journey

June 07, 2017

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It’s been 3 years!

I’ve been working on an MA in Fine Arts with the Open College of the Arts in the UK and next week is the final exhibition. Being part time over three years meant that it’s been impossible to anticipate where I would be at the end of it and it has been a journey that’s for sure.

I have met all of the cohort online, there’s 10 of us, from 6 countries and we’ve met via google hangout, sometimes several times a month over the years, but we’ve never all been on one continent together…

That’ll change next week though when we hang the exhibition! Finally we will be connected physically too – the journey has a destination and it’s Barnsley!

The exhibition:
We Are Connected – will be at the Civic in Barnsley, UK
Civic link
The private view will be on Wednesday 14th June at 6.30pm – want to come? Just let me know!
I’ll be at the gallery also on Thursday 15th, Friday 16th and Saturday 17th, please stop by and say hello!

So what’s the exhibition about? Who are the 10 artists?
For more information check out our catalogue
Catalogue link

It’s going to be amazing, join us on this journey if you can.

Follow along on my sites:
Facebook
Twitter

and most importantly
instagram…

I’m going to be posting on instagram as part of the exhibition!
Instagram
so please follow me now!

To connect with the other artists and for an ongoing overview of the exhibition check out:

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We Are Connected – Facebook
We Are Connected – Twitter
#WAconnected2017

Hope to see you there!

Frames and Exhibitions!

March 16, 2017

Justine Witley of Justine Bijoux
(Check out Justine’s art – Justine’s Facebook page )
Nominated me to post a photograph everyday for 7 days starting today.
I’m currently trying to raise money for my upcoming exhibition in Barnsley, UK,
so I thought I might be able to do both at the same time!
I am going to show you photographs that I have exhibited.
They are all professionally mounted in frames with hanging wire
& currently living in a dark, unloved space!
They are looking for a new home, so if you know of one, make me an offer!
I’ll hand deliver in Manhattan, Berkshire UK or if you can wait Barnsley!
I’ll add to this post everyday of the next week, so check back or check in with Facebook
Tanya’s Facebook page

Day 1
Red Square. A dance studio in Queens.
Black frame 13 x13 inches, white mount.
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Day 2
Barrio Blues
3 individual white frames screwed together, can be easily taken apart,
18 x 8 inches, no mat.
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Day 3
The Bronx
Outside MS22 Middle School, Morrisania
Approx 31 x 25 inches Grey/Green metal frame, cream mat.
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Day 4
The Centennial
(Built) 1876 3rd Avenue at 116th Street
Approx 31 x 25 inches
Grey/Green metal frame, white mat
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Day 5
The High Line
13 x 13 inches
Silver frame, white mat.
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Day 6
1st Avenue at 95th
17 x 13 inches
Black and white photo
White mat and frame
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Day 7
Pershing Square
15 x 20 inches
White frame, white mat

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ˈfōtō ˈfôrtˌnīt frīdē

January 30, 2017

I’ve been a bit lax at posting- I’ve been sick and I’ve been marching!
So here are the last 2 fōtō ˈfôrtˌnīt frīdē photos for January.

The first fōtō ˈfôrtˌnīt frīdē…

would have been a more impressive photo from the bridge looking down, onto 42nd Street at Grand Central but..

The Women’s March in NYC – Rise Up – reSISTER!

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As an aside the bridge seen here is featured in a very different photograph of mine that will be hanging at Jadite Gallery, 413 W 50th St. NYC – I’ll be at the opening on Thursday February 2nd why not stop by and say Hi!

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For the second fōtō ˈfôrtˌnīt frīdē, this is one of five images from my trip to Oxford Nova Scotia currently hanging in the Oxford Riverside Gallery in Oxford, Nova Scotia
in the exhibition: A Year in Oxford 2016 – On show until February 10th.

Oxford Riverside Gallery

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Whilst you are checking out the Oxford Riverside Gallery website check out Grey Matters, Mathew Aldred’s art/photography project (he also runs the gallery), or you can go directly to Grey Matters

UPDATE!

November 22, 2016

It’s been a busy few months traveling here and there and I have been very lax at blogging so here is an update after the fact of what I’ve been up to since September.

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We went to Oxford.
2 summers ago [( 6 )], the photography collective I am in, held an exhibition in Sheffield, but not all of us attended, and as such the six of us had never met all together! This autumn we had a plan to not only get together but also to photograph at the same time.

We spent a September weekend in Oxford, UK, finally all meeting and ‘doing’ Oxford in our various photographic fashions. Here are 5 of the [( 6 )] (Yes it has been summer of the selfie!)

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2 of the [( 6 )], Rob™ and I, gathered everyone’s prints and made our way to Oxford, Nova Scotia, Canada where we met with Mathew Aldred who runs the Oxford Riverside Gallery. The three of us along with invaluable helpers, framed and hung 72 photographs and opened the exhibition on Friday October 21st. BTW if you happen to pass through Oxford NS with your camera, the gallery will be hosting an exhibition of photos of its own Oxford in January 2017.

[( 6 )] Website
Oxford Riverside Gallery Website
Review
CTV

Here are some installation photographs of the whole gallery and my wall specifically.

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Whilst we were in Oxford, NS I also took a few photographs, at some point in the future I will add both Oxfords to the project page of my website – please be patient with me!

TATE MODERN

Last week I was thrilled to have two of my photographs shown at the Tate in London. Shown on the same night as a talk by Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen who’s work I really like.

I had two photographs selected in the call for photographs on the theme of (re:) thinking the street put out by UPF – Urban Photo Festival. Fellow [( 6 )] photographer Keith Greenough also had a photograph selected and he was lucky enough to get down there. I was lucky that he took some shots of our work, Thanks Keith! All 20 photographs were screened for the duration of the evening.

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(mine, Keith’s, mine – installation photos by Keith Greenough.)

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My next project is to take some time to process my Oxford UK and Oxford CA photographs and to hit the streets of NYC again. Hopefully back here rather sooner next time!