Juno Calypso and Felicity Hammond, two British female photographers working in highly conceptual terms, are now on display at London’s TJ Boulting, as winners of the British Journal of Photography International Photography Award 2016.
“I began staging these photographs three years ago, using my grandma’s bedroom as the set, or a room found on Airbnb,” Juno tells BJP. “The idea always starts with the location – finding somewhere with a time-warp feel.
“This year I went to stay alone at a couple’s honeymoon resort in the US to continue the project. So it begins with an appreciation of 1960s pink decor, but also ends up as an awkward social encounter. I like to explore those feelings – seduction, solitude, desire, disappointment.”
Single Image winner Felicity Hammond will show hung photographs and an installation from her series Restore To Factory Settings.
Hammond’s blue-washed C-type print Restore to Factory Settings has the feel of an etching, with massive amounts of detail at odds with the heap of rubbish sitting in the foreground. The installations on display are developed on the collaged nature of the original image, which was formed from multiple photographs of sites of regeneration – Stratford before the 2012 London Olympics, and North London factories in the process of becoming designer flats.
“In this work, the urban landscape has been dismembered, and then gone through a process of careful reconstruction,” Hammond says. “The image explores the interplay between the past and the present. By engaging in the complexity of restoration, I’m exploring what I think are dystopian visions.”
The Royal College of Art graduate has previously been a finalist for the Catlin Art prize and Saatchi New Sensations. “Hammond’s marrying of concept and technique distinguished her from the rest,” says Tate Modern’s Emma Lewis.
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