An exhibition of new works by North-East based artists Phyllis Christopher, Kuba Ryniewicz and Jade Sweeting, Still Moving delves into the intricate themes of relationships, portraiture, and the body whilst exploring the diversity and intrigue of subcultures.
Phyllis Christopher focuses on the human body as a site of empowerment. The work included in this exhibition is a portrait of the body prior to a medical mastectomy. Requested by the sitter as a way of acknowledging the significance of her breast and as a way of saying goodbye, Elizabeth is Christopher’s first work in her new series The Queer Body in Peril where she returns to using traditional photography to investigate bodies in transition. Christopher invites viewers to contemplate the complexities of identity, transformation, and the human experience through intimate images of the human body.
Kuba Ryniewicz’s work defies conventional notions of portraiture. His photographs seek both to capture the essence of the individual and to serve as windows into their untold stories, providing a space which gives permission for the sitter to reveal their uninhibited identity, often through interaction with surrounding objects or landscape. Ryniewicz’s distinctive approach challenges the boundaries of traditional portraiture, inviting viewers to engage with the layers of meaning through witnessing the sitter in tension with their environment; and the hidden personal stories suggested through each image.
Jade Sweeting explores an intimate relationship with found imagery, motorbikes and objects that are central to her identity. Sweeting’s ongoing research into biker women and the ‘chopper’ culture of the North East, along with found and recycled imagery, are refined and re-presented by Sweeting through traditional analogue printmaking techniques to create images that are iconic and erotic. Her prints of zips, leather and chains, close-up crops of biker regalia selected by their owners become alternative and intimate portraits by Sweeting of her biker community.
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