University of Westminster launches ‘Voice of the Grain’ exhibition

The University of Westminster will open its eagerly anticipated MA Photographic Studies 2012 postgraduate exhibition on Wednesday 5 September until Sunday 9 September at the Ambika P3 venue in London.
Basil Al-Rawi, ‘Untitled’ no.3 from Façade. Copyright © Basil Al-Rawi
Basil Al-Rawi, ‘Untitled’ no.3 from Façade. Copyright © Basil Al-Rawi
Aug. 22, 2012 - PRLog -- Voice of the Grain will present the very best of emerging contemporary photography from the long established and highly reputable MA Photographic Studies programme.

Voice of the Grain showcases 23 photographic projects of exceptional quality, imagination and technical skill. The work explores a range of practices, from the philosophical and autobiographical to the political and analytical. Exhibited works incorporate photography, video and installation in a powerful diversity of visual and conceptual display.

Borrowing from the French literary critic and theorist, Roland Barthes, the exhibition's title Voice of the Grain takes its name from his investigation into: "the very precise space of the encounter between a language and a voice" (Roland Barthes, Image-Music-Text, 1977). This theme proposes explorations in the space of the encounter between visual language and its voice, raising questions as to how the silent and inert image acquires its ‘voice’.

The exhibition is curated by Elizabeth Upper, arts editor of Above Magazine, and will take place at Ambika P3, a 14,000 square foot underground venue that has hosted various premier London photography events, including the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize in 2011.

As the showcase for a UK photography postgraduate programme renowned for its historical status in the pioneering of photography education, the MA Photographic Studies annual show has been known as the launchpad for many prominent international photographers, artists and curators, such as Steve Sabella, Rut Blees Luxembourg and many others. The show attracts an average of 2,000 visitors a year. The graduates and its alumni continue to establish and maintain prolific significance within the photographic industries.

A limited edition catalogue will be published to support the exhibition detailing artists work and including contributions by the MA Photographic Studies course leader David Bate, writer and photoartist, Karen McQuaid, curator and Marco Bohr, photographer and critic.

A panel discussion titled ‘Voice of the Grain’ on the muteness of photographs will take place on Friday 7 September at 4pm. Chaired by David Bate, MA Photographic Studies course leader, panelists include: Marco Bohr, lecturer in Visual Communication at Loughborough University, Sophy Rickett, artist and senior lecturer in Photography, London College of Communication, Daniel Rubinstein, writer and programme leader for photography at London South Bank University, and Eti Wade, photographic artist and head of the MA Photography at Thames Valley University.
Please RSVP to to attend.



Ambika P3
University of Westminster
35 Marylebone Road
London NW1 5LS

Admission free

Tuesday 4 September 2012 from 6pm to 9pm

Opening times:
Wednesday 5 September until Saturday 9 September – 11am till 7pm
Sunday 9 September 11am-4pm  

For further information on the exhibition and to attend the panel discussion and private view please contact:

Sarah Evans-Toyne, Lianne Robinson or Chiara Barreca
Broadgate Mainland
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7726 6111

Exhibition Notes:
The list of exhibitors include: Basil Al-Rawi, Nina Bumbalkova, Xi Chen, Angela Y Cheung, Alessandra Chila, Vera Dohrenbusch, Neil Harman, Dominic Harris, Eliza Karakitsos, Yuichi Kimura, Jennifer Kover, India Lawton, Sara Leigh Lewis, Alvin Lim, Milena Möebius, Andrea C Morley, Marita Pappa, Jaeho Park, Raoul Ries, Emma Robinson, Chris Storey, Marta Rovatti Studihrad, and Gemma Webb.

The University of Westminster boasts a vibrant learning environment attracting more than 20,000 students from over 150 nations and we continue to invest in our future with new developments, research projects and new ideas. We offer highly attractive practice-based courses which are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition.

Our distinguished 170-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences, and our position in the city of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the worlds of business, information technology, politics and law.

Our commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high quality students from within the UK and around the globe. Internationalism, employability and sustainability are key elements in the University of Westminster’s vision for the future and we strive to ensure the very highest standards are met and maintained

MA Photographic Studies (MAPS)
MA Photographic Studies has an 18 year history of graduates who go out into every walk of photographic life and culture, from photographers and artists to critics, curators, editors, teachers and researchers.
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