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BA (Hons) Film & Media Studies

Dead Stars

'Dead Stars' an exhibition of photographs, film and performance created by third year students on the Film & Media Degree for their Photography Dissertation. Curated by Sue Fox.

Helen Finnigan creates self-portraits of well known women poets and photographers. Her quirky surreal take on the moments before and after passing away, create an uneasy humour and a definitive reflection on mortality.

Dajana Torbica takes us on an ethereal journey to re-visit the places of her youth and to find solace and a closure in remembering her father who died an unnatural death. She presses the camera close to her heart and invites us to partake in her grieving process, illuminated by her silent wanderings in her native land of Croatia.

Naranjapal Hare's images are exuberant, just like her. Ever curious and playful she lets her subjects squeal with delight as they are boxed in by her fierce energy, banter and stare. A fan of the photo booth and Warhol, Naranjapal seizes minute booth images to create close-ups and intimate photographs of her friends with flash and cheap throwaway cameras.

Alice Moseley studied the female identity and body, in its fragility, vulnerability and flux. In creating images of women through various lenses and mirrors, and in using projectors she layers her images and gives them more meaning and semblance. These are erotic and provocative young bodies that create a rich tableaux of beautifully shot transient moments. This is the deified female, the body of the goddess, the virgin and the whore.

Francesca Chantell displays the imperfect body perfectly, the little things that make us stand out, like a mark or a mole, those things that make us unique and who we are. We are perfect in our own image. Her images are raw and unforgiving. Somehow she makes the wound and the wounded become beautiful and tangible and intoxicating. These are bodies that have lived and felt great suffering; they are undeniably bodies that are sometimes aloof and transcendent.

Sarah Mclaughlin
Sarah Mclaughlin
Sarah Mclaughlin
Sarah Mclaughlin

Sarah Mclaughlin observed the tensions in Northern Ireland where she was born. Her striking images hint at the discord and the truth of fighting factions still at war today. It is if she is on the front lines, firing shots to understand the process of war when things seem quiet. The huge banners and signs, the crowds, the lone flag all speak words of past hurt and recollection. These images are timeless in their story telling as we re-read them with our own particular take.

Cheryl Sibanda studied young women, particularly those who had modified their bodies via piercings, hair dyes, tattoos and so forth. She spent many long hours documenting intimate details of their lives similar to the images of Elinor Carucci. Faces implode and become larger than life as she points her lens into tear stained cheeks and worn and aggrieved eyes. She calmly talks to each woman and gets into every pore. They proudly look and share their dreams and dysmorphias.

Sarah Mclaughlin
Sarah Mclaughlin
Sarah Mclaughlin
Sarah Mclaughlin

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