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“Creagh’s pictures extend the debate about the ontology of the photographic image into the realm of the digital; her images take the viewer on a journey into the liminal space between the photographic and the virtual; into that narrow space where the image appears to be in a permanent state of oscillation between the real and the imaginary…. This is expressed in a general recognition that the photographic image itself, always ambivalent and in some sense immanent, is situated between the determinations of the technology and the multiple desires encoded in aesthetics and culture.” – Joanna Lowry, 'Between the Hallucinatory and the Real' Brighton University, 2009

Between the Hallucinatory and the Real

University of Brighton Gallery, Friday 18th September - Monday 28th September 2009

MA09 showcases diverse new work by students graduating from the University of Brighton MA Photography course. This year’s graduates will be exhibiting a wide variety of work that aims to push the boundaries of documentary, editorial, landscape and still life photography. Using a range of different media – photography, video, holography, and modes of exhibition that range from the formal framed print to the installation, from photobook to plasma screen, their work demonstrates the wide variety of individual research projects undertaken on the course.

Work featured in the exhibition ranges from the political analysis of space and place, as in Ignacio Acosta’s spectacular high definition photographs of Canary Wharf office blocks and Corrine Silva’s trenchant analysis of the postmodern landscapes of modern Almeria, to more personal and psychologically inflected representations of the English landscape: Paul Kemp’s melancholic suburban parklands and Will Woods’ explorations
of landscapes that are tinged by unexpected intimations of the marvelous and unexpected. The structures of the unconscious, the dream and the filmic determine the photo-narratives of Eva Voutsaki, and the unconscious
as the site of trauma is the starting point for Will Sadowski’s explorations of war imagery, artefacts, and stories. Andrew Moran presents a series of video pieces that explore the relationship of the still to the moving image through a reflective practice. This meditation upon a kind of photographic death is paralleled by Lisa Creagh’s huge flower pictures that interrogate the relationship between the 17th century flower painting and the airless fractal space of the digital print.

The highly acclaimed Photography MA attracts new and established photographers, both nationally and internationally. The course encourages experimentation and innovation within a specific field on a central independent project, allowing students to develop an informed, critical and imaginative view of their own practice. Students come from a wide range of photographic, fine art and design fields, giving the course its characteristic diversity. Previous students include Nicky Walsh (winner of the Jerwood Photography Prize 2008) and Stephen Vaughan. Staff on the course include photographic writers Joanna Lowry and David Green, Magnum photographer Mark Power, Fergus Heron and Esther Teichman.


Ignacio Acosta / Lisa Creagh / Paul Kemp / Andrew Moran / William Sadowski / Corinne Silva / Eva Voutsaki / Will Woods

University of Brighton, Grand Parade, Brighton BN2 0JY.
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Sundays.

For information on participating artists contact the course leader:
Joanna Lowry
For course details contact the course administrator:
Julia Balme (tel. 01273 643041

MA09 website:


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