Everywhere: Life in a littered world




Mandy Barker

Mandy Barker is a photographer whose sustained engagement with marine plastic debris has received international recognition and awards. Undertaking expeditions alongside scientists to some of the most remote places on earth, she seeks to represent the scale of the marine plastic problem, raise awareness about plastic pollution in the world's oceans and highlight the harmful effects on marine and human life.

Her work has been published in National Geographic, Time, The Guardian, Smithsonian, The Explorer’s Journal and The New Scientist and she is regularly interviewed by the BBC, ITV, Greenpeace, Vice, and CNN. She has exhibited internationally at venues including Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Science and Technology Park, Hong Kong; United Nations Headquarters, New York; and in over 30 different photo festivals.

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John Darwell

John Darwell is an independent photographer working on long-term projects that reflect his interest in social and industrial change, concern for the environment and issues around the depiction of mental health. His PhD research ‘A Black Dog Came Calling’ explored the visualisation of depression. He is currently engaged in a long-term research project exploring the complexities of the human/dog relationship, of which the DDSBs series forms a part. He recently left academia to concentrate on his practice.

His work has been exhibited and published widely, including eighteen monographs, numerous book features and exhibitions in the UK, the Netherlands, Italy, the USA, Mexico, South America and the Canary Islands. His work is featured in several important collections including the National Museum of Media/Sun Life Collection, Bradford; the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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Diana Lelonek

Diana Lelonek explores relationships between humans and other species. Her projects are critical responses to the processes of over-production, unlimited growth, and our approach to the environment. She uses photography, living matter, and found objects, creating work that is interdisciplinary and often appears at the interface of art and science. Having studied in the photography department in the Faculty of Multimedia Communication at the University of Art in Poznań, she went on to gain her PhD in the Interdisciplinary PhD Studies programme there.

She participated in several international biennales, festivals and group shows including: Riga International Biennale of Contemporary Art RIBOCA; Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art, Oldenburg; Center of Contemporary Art, Warsaw; Kunstraum Niederoesterreich, Vienna; Temporary Gallery, Cologne; Ballarat Photography Biennale, Australia; Tallinn Art Hall; Culturescapes Festival, Basel; Musee de l’Elysee, Lausanne.

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Kai Löffelbein

Kai Löffelbein is a documentary photographer based in Germany. He studied political science in Berlin and photojournalism and documentary photography at University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hannover. His work reflects his interest in the ways political and economic structures shape modern society. Löffelbein worked in various countries in Asia and Africa. His work has been exhibited internationally in numerous shows and festivals and has received awards from Magnum Emergency Fund, UNICEF, POY, Days Japan, Henri Nannen Award. In 2018 he published his first book 'Ctrl-X, a topography of e-waste' at Steidl Verlag.

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Peter Nencini

Peter Nencini looks for ways in which animals, plants and people navigate each other in degrees of designed space. In collaboration with writers, designers and fabricators, he has worked with Turf Projects, Eastside Projects Birmingham, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, Walker Art Center Minneapolis, Svenska Tecknare, New York Times, Théâtre National de Toulouse and Salone del Mobile Milan. He currently teaches at the Royal College of Art, having previously lectured at Norwich University of the Arts and Camberwell College of Arts.

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Tejal Shah

Tejal Shah’s practice consistently challenges the legible by occupying liminal spaces between fact, fiction and poetry. The works create spaces whereby an audience can deconstruct learned social and political behaviour, and structural modes of thinking. Working across diverse media such as video, photography, performance, sound, installation, drawing and educational workshops, Shah is interested in the intersection of queer ecology, feminism and non-dual Middle Way philosophy.

Shah’s work has been shown in museums, galleries and film festivals around the world, at venues including Kunsthaus, Hamburg; Gujral Foundation, New Delhi; Hayward Gallery, London; Office for Contemporary Art, Oslo; Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Documenta13, Kassel; Centre Pompidou, Paris and Tate Modern, London.

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D. Taylor

D.Taylor is a witch living in Glasgow.

D.Taylor's practice is part of their everyday lived experience and not a separate activity. The practice centres around urban walking, litter/ecology and non-human interactions with the human world. It manifests in various forms as photography / drawing / video / sound art.

There is a simple documentary aspect to the work but through the experience of obsessive recording, a repository of images and juxtapositions is created. The work uses these to hint at other worlds beyond the mundane.

D.Taylor began the divination through the study of litter body of work in 2018 and has built a collection of hundreds of images of litter shared daily on social media.

D.Taylor can be found on Twitter as @PonderThePaths

Pinar Yoldas

Pinar Yoldas is an infradisciplinary designer/artist/researcher. Her work develops within biological sciences and digital technologies through architectural installations, kinetic sculpture, sound, video and drawing with a focus on post-humanism, eco-nihilism, anthropocene and feminist technoscience. She holds a PhD. from Duke University where she was affiliated with Duke Institute of Brain Sciences and Media Arts and Sciences. Her book An Ecosystem of Excess was published by ArgoBooks in 2014.

Yoldas’ work has been shown internationally in numerous museums, galleries and festivals. These include: Roda Sten Konsthall, Goteborg; Polytechnikum Museum, Moscow; NAMOC National Art Museum of Beijing; Transmediale Festival, Berlin; 14th Istanbul Biennial, Taiwan National Museum of Fine Arts. Her work has been featured in Arte TV, Die Welt, The Creators Project, Art21 Blog, Der Spiegel, Vogue Turkey and Artlink BioArt. Fellowships and awards include John Simon Guggenheim Fellow in the Fine Arts and a FEAT Future Emerging Arts and Technologies Award. She has held residencies at MacDowell Colony; UCross Foundation; VCCA; National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, Duke University; Quartier21, Künstlerstudio-Programm; Transmediale Villem Flusser research residency, UdK Berlin.

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Joanne Lee

Joanne Lee is an artist, writer and publisher who explores everyday life and the ordinary places where she lives and works. She is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Art and Design, Sheffield Hallam University, where she co-curated the exhibition Utter Rubbish: conversations about litter and waste. Her photographs of discarded plastic in the landscape were shown in Green and Pleasant Land?, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston. She is currently photographing and writing about a patch of fly-tipped land on the north-west fringe of Sheffield.

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Rosemary Shirley

Rosemary Shirley is an Associate Professor in the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester. Her research centres on cultural representations of rural places. She has written about the Keep Britain Tidy campaign and mysterious litter trails that appeared in the countryside during the Second World War. She curated the critical landscape exhibition Creating the Countryside at Compton Verney and her writing on litter was included in the Documents in Contemporary Art edition Rural (Whitechapel/MIT Press 2019).

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