CCA Galleries International Summer Show 2017

Excited to say my work was selected by Bruce McLean and other judges for the CCA Galleries International Summer Show 2017. The gallery regularly exhibits artists such as Damien Hirst and Sir Peter Blake. I'll be exhibiting work from my new series Aurelian. The show opens on 30th June running until the 31st July. Please come and take a look. 

 

 

10 Young, Emerging & Established Photographers Still Using Film

Included on The British Journal of Photography's list of 10 photographers still using film. 

Why film? 

"For my particular process it is essential to shoot on film. In my conceptual practice I am very interested in materiality—harnessing the impact of atmospheric changes and mistakes on the emulsion—by doing so, through the very physicality of the medium, I can explore the literal and figurative transferral of one ‘space’ into another. With particular reference to this work, I employed degraded and unused analogue film from my travels in Africa. This aspect further supports the notion of transference. A digital camera can never hold this conceptual resonance; film is a physical, tangible and often fragile object. For me, it will always be unique." - Alexander Mourant. 

READ MORE HERE

 

Article on Geographical Magazine

RAW TRUTH: PLASTIC – A Journey from Source to Solution.

"Through this method – as well as using the footage and photography captured during the journey by photographic artist Alexander Mourant – the goal was to display how the problem of plastic pollution, along with the environmental issues caused by its disposal into water systems, has spread far from the high income countries where it started and is now infiltrating its way into the lives of people in some of the most remote parts of the world."

READ MORE HERE

Interview with Falmouth University

How has this experience in Africa influenced you and your work?

This project has forever influenced my way of viewing the world. En route, I continually consumed books, informed by literature; Thoreau, Bach, Conrad, Blixen, Gallmann and Hemingway. All of these authors engaged and helped me contemplate the ever shifting cultural and geographical landscape we encountered. Since returning from Africa, it is thoroughly curious to witness my shifting interests as a practitioner; most notably, my disinterest in producing documentarian type imagery.

My current work acts as an abstract response to experience, mainly drawing from my time in Africa. In a sense, each photograph and sculptural piece is autobiographical, helping to decode the fabric of space, essentially how 'here' and 'there' is in a perpetual dialogue. The work can be seen as an initial investigation into the metaphysical potential of photography. I find this aspect of photography very fascinating.

READ THE WHOLE INTERVIEW HERE

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Exhibition now open at Royal Geographical Society

RAW Truth exhibition with Andy Hughes MA RCA and Alexander Mourant for RAW Foundation. Open till the 14th June at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), London. 

Please come and visit! 

RAW Talks: Plastic is a VIP evening with a series of talks and panel discussions + exhibition private view, 31st May. Tickets are still available (but selling fast): 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/raw-talks-plastic-journey-from-source-to-solution-tickets-31833207982https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/raw-talks-plastic-journey-from-source-to-solution-tickets-31833207982

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PhotoVoice complete articles

"Alexander Mourant, photographer and participant on RAW Foundation’s journey through Africa, November 2015 – March 2016, talks about using photography to create awareness, social change and important solutions to single-use plastic waste. This is a five part series which will chart the progress of Alexander’s project."

You can read them all online through these links: 

PhotoVoice, 'Reaching Cape Point.' 2016.

PhotoVoice, 'Masai: Africa's Plastic Footprint.' 2016.

PhotoVoice, 'Ethiopia & Kenya.' 2015.

PhotoVoice, 'Sudan: Africa's Plastic Footprint.' 2015.

PhotoVoice, 'Cairo to Cape Town: Africa's Plastic Footprint.' 2015.

National Council for Voluntary Organisations and PhotoVoice Photography Prize

The national competition challenged NCVO member organisations to submit images that captured the connections that charities create every day; whether that is a connection between people, a connection to a cause or connection through action. The competition received over 80 entries capturing these connections across a wide range of subjects and organisations.

The images were judged in two categories. The volunteer and staff member category was won by William Barylo of Light Inc. for his image of three women attending a project for survivors of acid-attacks in India. The professional photographer category was won by Daniel Regan for Alopecia UK with a striking portrait, Jen, of a woman affected by Alopecia. The runners-up were Andrew Aitchison for Prison Advice and Care Trust, with his image of the moment a father is reunited with his son after release from prison, and Lewis Rose for Murray Hall Trust, with his self-portrait Connection through sharing of ideas.

The annual competition is now in its sixth year and is run by NCVO in partnership with PhotoVoice, an award winning organisation who promote the ethical use of photography to create positive change. 18 images were shortlisted by NCVO and PhotoVoice, and the winners were decided by a panel of judges including Sir Martyn Lewis, NCVO chair, Tom Elkins, CEO of PhotoVoice, Derek Momodu, Associate Picture Editor at the Daily Mirror, and Laura Pannack, an award winning photographer.

The shortlisted and winning images were exhibited at NCVO's Annual Conference and will be displayed in the entrance to NCVO's building for the entire year. 

My shortlisted image was Samburu Warriors, Milgis Camp, Kenya photographed for Realising Another World (RAW) Foundation.

"An awareness talk given by RAW Foundation created flourishing new friendships between scouts, tribesmen and Milgis Trust in nomadic Kenya. We discussed the dangers of plastics, critically highlighting the environment and pollution. Connections were established afterwards between all parties, who together, endeavour to become plastic free and spread knowledge."