Selected by an expert panel from over 120 applicants, Howe will receive a solo exhibition at ONCA, the keynote exhibition of Brighton Photo Fringe in October, along with mentoring and print costs courtesy of Metro Imaging Ltd.
Howe’s winning work, the series Consider Falling, is taken from her graduate show at the Royal College of Art. Composed of mediated fragments, moving image excerpts and merged within an installation, Consider Falling balances on the edge of document and form. Rooted in research surrounding the anxiety disorders Derealisation (the condition wherein a person feels the reality surrounding them is unreal) and Depersonalisation (a feeling of detachment from oneself, or that oneself is unreal), the precarious nature of perception is performed through the series of works that accumulate to create a subtly unsettling experience.
Howe says of this work: “Through interviews with service users at the DPD research centre and those met online, I started to piece together a loose understanding of the conditions they described. In doing so I began to marry the political slippage, in light of recent shifts, of an altered reality, one that is yet to be navigated. A foot into the unknown.”
On winning the award, the artist states: “I am excited to present Consider Falling in the context of a new solo show for Brighton Photo Fringe. The presentation of this work will hopefully shed further light on the lives of those who live with Derealisation and Depersonalisation, some of whom have contributed to my ongoing research through personal conversations. It is a fantastic opportunity to work with ONCA gallery and Metro Imaging to realise this piece and will enable me to develop my work further.”
Sarah Howe is an artist based in London working across media. She graduated from MA Photography at the Royal College of Art in 2017 and previously studied BA Photographic Arts at the University of Westminster. Her practice often incorporates alternate narratives of perception, identity and empathy within our increasingly mediated experience of social, political and psychological space.
BPF OPEN18 SOLO is a solo exhibition opportunity for an earlycareer photographer offering the recipient the opportunity to present a solo show at ONCA. Submissions of work were invited from earlycareer photographers, and the work submitted had to be from an existing body of work that had not been previously exhibited in the UK (the body of work can be graduate work if it has not been shown outside of a university or art college).
Consider Falling will open on 29 September along with a showreel of 20 shortlisted artists from this year’s open call including: Alia Ali, Angeniet Berkers, Thom Bridge, Holly Britles, Luke Brown, Lisa Carletta, Victoria Fornieles, Emily Graham, Reinis Lismanis, Jonathan Liu, Tom Heatley, Paulina Otylie Surys, Joe PettetSmith, Tom Pope, Amelia Shepherd, Stephanie Taiber, Andreea Teleaga, Feiyi Wen, Christiane Zschommler, Qian Zhao.