Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2018

Alejandra Carles-Tolra, Sam Laughlin, Lua Ribeira

New photographic works by three early career artists, Alejandra Carles-Tolra, Sam Laughlin and Lua Ribeira, enabled by the second, biennial, Jerwood/Photoworks Awards.

Alejandra Carles-Tolra is interested in the relationship between individual and group identity, specifically how group identity shapes the individual. She will explore these themes by photographing “Janeites” – individual devotees of Jane Austen who have formed communities in which to celebrate and recreate Austen’s world.

Sam Laughlin’s practice is concerned with both man-made and natural architectures. He will work with researchers to develop a series examining the result of behaviours exhibited by various animal species, including (but not limited to) nesting and migration. Counter to the conventions of wildlife photography, Sam will focus on form and process, rather than seeking the spectacle in nature

Lua Ribeira will play with the provocative history of the black body in photography, continuing an exploration into female identity within contemporary Jamaican dancehall culture in the UK. Her investigations encompass performance, ritual and self-expression, mysticism, cultural identity, female divinity and ideas of femininity that clash with western counterparts. Fed by their folklore and the artist’s own imagination, universal subjects such as birth, love, death and sex are fundamental to the work.

The call for entries was open to all UK based practitioners using photography and within ten years of graduating or establishing their practice. More than 350 entries were received from across the UK. They each receive an award of £5,000 to support the making of new work for this exhibition, alongside a significant production fund. They are mentored by a pool of established artists and will receive curatorial advice from both of the award-giving organisations. Jerwood/Photoworks Awards was established in response to a need for opportunities that support early career artists in making and presenting new work with sustained support from established professionals.

The selectors were: Celia Davies, Director, Photoworks; Mark Durden, writer and photographer; Anna Fox, photographer; Ori Gersht, photographer and Sarah Williams, Head of Programme, Jerwood Visual Arts.