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Syl Ojalla: A Sparrow Whispered In My Ear

13 April26 April

A Sparrow Whispered In My Ear by artist Syl Ojalla is a gentle call to human audiences to remember their place within the delicate balance of biodiversity. Through a series of photographs exploring the intricacies of nature capturing the essence of living things such as trees, fauna and flora the exhibition hopes to inspire stewardship of the natural environment. 

Behind the work lies concern around issues of over-consumption, inequality and authoritative control of earthly resources. Syl Ojalla invokes the profound beauty of the natural world through an array of evocative and contemplative imagery to create dialogue around sustainable living and encourage the protection of fragile ecosystems. The exhibition visually refutes human separation from nature, reminding us that a deep appreciation for the beauty of biodiversity can be a source of inspiration to take individual and collective action that supports the flourishing of all different kinds of life. 

To support the conversation around ways we can advocate and protect biodiversity, the exhibition holds space for people to share their commitment to strategies working towards more harmonious ways of living. 

A Sparrow Whispered In My Ear is part of ONCA’s Associate Artist Programme and is response to the theme of biodiversity.

About the artist

Syl Ojalla is a self-taught artist honing his craft since pursuing an MA in Photography at the University of Brighton in 2018. His work weaves themes of spirituality and the sublime in the context of the anthropocene. Syl utilises photography as a means of communication to probe introspection, challenge limiting beliefs, and pave the way to a more fulfilled and expansive existence grounded in collective growth. Merging medium and large format analogue photography with digital imaging technologies, involves experimental practices which yield effects like solarisation, tone changes, and alternative photographic looks. Prints are meticulously crafted on natural fibre archival papers, predominantly Japanese Washi, Agava, and Bamboo, chosen for their texture and longevity. Each print is treated as an individual ‘object’, drawing inspiration from the Japanese tradition and aesthetic of ‘wabi-sabi’ – embracing impermanence, imperfection and natural beauty.

Opening times

Saturday 13 April, 4pm – 7pm: Exhibition Launch Party

Wednesday 17 April, 1:30pm – 5:30pm

Thursday 18 April, 1:30pm – 5:30pm

Friday 19 April, 1:30pm – 5:30pm

Wednesday 24 April, 1:30pm – 5:30pm

Wednesday 24 April, 6pm – 8:30pm: Collective Collage Workshop

Thursday 25 April, 1:30pm – 5:30pm

Friday 26 April, 1:30pm – 5:30pm


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