Thursday 13th April 2017, 19:30

£6/4 CONCESSIONS. Free to ICVL Members.


at The Dark Studio, 2nd floor, ARNOLFINI 
16 Narrow Quay
Bristol BS1 4QA


Introducing the internationally acclaimed work of four young, local photographers; Lúa Ribeira, Isaac Blease, Janire Nájera and Matthew Broadhead.

In collaboration with independent photographic organisation, IC Visual Lab, the Arnolfini will host an evening with four bourgeoning photographers—all based in the South West. Having recently studied under some of the UK’s leading photographic undergraduate schemes, these photographers have since gained international recognition for their work. Between them, the graduates have secured a number of scholarships and grants, have featured in various publications, and have exhibited work across the UK and abroad. The talk will imitate a ‘pecha-kucha’ presentation style, where all four photographers will introduce their projects and discuss their efforts to ignite their careers.


Lúa Ribeira

Emerging photographer Lúa Ribeira Cendán will discuss her latest series Noises in the Blood. The project is situated in Birmingham and looks into the dance ritual of the Jamaican ‘dancehall’ genre. Embracing this cultural expression yet acknowledging the cultural collision, Lúa addresses female divinity and the sacredness in Afro-Caribbean culture—exploring how these concepts tap into universal subjects such as birth, love, death and sex. Since receiving her BA (Hons) in Documentary Photography last year from The University of South Wales, Lúa’s work has received international appraisal. She is currently preparing a solo show at FishBar Gallery in London, curated by Olivia Arthur and Philipp Eveling.

Atomic Ed Postcard 2

Janire Nájera

Janire Nájera is a documentary photographer based in Wales. Her most recent work provides an insight into the obsession Ed Grothus (one of the most outspoken anti-nuclear protestors of the 20th Century) pursued with The Black Hole—a unique military surplus store in Northern New Mexico that recycle nuclear waste. Atomic Ed documents the last traces of the store, and Ed’s journey from working as a machinist in the lab to the anti-nuclear activist he became. Since graduating in Documentary Photography from the University of Wales, Janire’s work has been published and exhibited internationally.


Isaac Blease

Isaac’s latest body of work, Charaxes Imperialis, is shot in Zambia and nucleates around the African Butterfly collection he inherited after his Grandfather’s death. Drawing on ideologies of conquest, control and acquisition, the images draw a parallelism between Butterfly collecting and colonization. Isaac is currently in the midst of studying Documentary Photography (BA Hons) at The University of South Wales in Newport, yet he’s already marked as an exciting new talent—Charaxes Imperialis was recently shortlisted for the second Jerwood/Photoworks Awards. He is currently studying an MA in Curating at University of West of a England.


Matthew Broadhead

Matthew Broadhead has gained sustained recognition for his graduate work Heimr. His work often channels institutional theory and social structure—questioning the illusion of fact in light of primordial existential flux. Operating at the intersection between documentary and conceptual art, he creates fictional bodies of work based on factual source material. Since graduating last year from the BA (Hons) Photography program at the University of Brighton, Heimr has featured in The British Journal of Photography, Wallpaper*, and has received awards from Photoworks and Organ Vida.

Organised by Arnolfini and IC-Visual Lab.