Commissioned for FORMAT Photography Festival this exhibition combined stills, film, sound and virtual reality to create an immersive experience exploring the soothing qualities of landscape, responding to the theme of ‘habitat’ by examining how different landscapes can offer safety and respite in today’s fast moving world.
They asked for anonymous contributions from strangers, and the responses focused on the power of nature: the sounds of the sea and water; being in forests and open fields; the therapeutic act of walking or curling up by a warm fire. Their inquiry into how we feel safe or soothed took them on various journeys — recording sights, sounds and light across England. The resulting exhibition was the culmination of these journeys, physically constructed into individual rooms. where viewers were invited to immerse themselves and switch off from the frenetic pace of modern life.
Artist Filmmaker Antonia Attwood graduated in 2014. Her practice in still and moving image explores the phenomenology of mental health, translating verbal descriptions and stories from people who have lived experience of mental illness. Antonia's work aims to illustrate and visually interpret how mental illness ‘feels’.
A major piece of her acclaimed work is My Mother Tongue produced with her mother who has bipolar disorder. The premise and motivation, wanting to further understand the condition and her mother’s experiences. Antonia has shown her work at Photofusion, The Institute of Psychiatry, Hotel Elephant, Free Space Gallery, The Dragon Cafe, Broadway Cinema Nottingham and London College of Communication. She also recently exhibited at The Depot Clapton, for Photomonth 2015 and Brighton Photo Fringe. Antonia has had commissions from the Institute of Inner Vision to create short films that explore the theme of mental health.
Daniel Regan is an artist captivated by the human condition. His practice focuses on themes of emotions, well-being and the processing of life’s experiences. The thread of intimacy and the desire to connect with others and his own internal experiences weaves its way throughout his practice.
Daniel studied photography at both BA and MA level at Brighton University and the London College of Communication, respectively. During these periods Regan examined both his own role as a mental health service user as well as the benefits of the arts for those affected by emotional difficulties. Daniel often works with charities to create powerful imagery that represents their beneficiaries, working closely with those affected by alopecia and burns survivors. Daniel regularly exhibits work in fine art and clinical settings, both nationally and internationally, alongside devising and running community arts projects focusing on using photography as a tool for emotional expression.