Please feel free to comment on no comment.
Artists: Nicola Beale, Anna De Nogales-Sudra, Greg Skehan, Raul Poggi and Bahram Kahilov
Thirty years living, working and playing abroad have given me ex- chef now primary school educator a vast palette of experiences which I use to paint, write, sing and dance my way through life.
My love of; sunlight, mountains and oceans; animals and people; travel and food have enriched my life providing a constant stream of creative inspiration. Alongside my happy disposition lie concerns about the treatment of the voiceless especially girls and women. Exasperated by the continued negative in-balance of reporting in the media of women, from objectified to victimized and the abuses suffered by girls and women I have combined the elements of the exhibition title, ‘No comment on comment,’ and news articles to create collage and sculptures. Using white to symbolise the insistence on the purity of women by family members and cultures and red and black colours and words to signify the sexual violations by the self same family members and cultures towards women. I am providing a powerful statement of what it has meant, still means and will continue to mean to be born female.
“No Comment” to me means refusing to speak up, either because you do not want to or because you are simply not able to. In my pieces “Turn around” this silence is two-fold. It represents many of us, who in theory care about our environment and depleting natural resources and yet in action do very little to truly make a difference. Secondly, the natural environment itself, that literally has no say about what we do to it until one day it may be too late.
"If you wait, people will forget your camera and the soul will drift up into view."“Si esperas, la gente se olvidará de la cámara y el alma saldrá a la vista”Steve Mc Curry – photographer
My first introduction to photography came as a teenager, when my father allowed me to use his film camera. I was hooked on photography from the first moments that I learnt the basics of shutter, speed and focal length. I must say that my father has helped me develop the curiosity and passion for photography, a way to tell a story. That unique moment that is reflected on paper will not be repeated. Photography is an opportunity to show my point of view and to represent my outlook on life. It is a chance to capture a unique moment, share it and preserve it for future generations. Photography gives me the opportunity to connect with whom I am portraying, the opportunity to link with the subject matter.
My personal pieces reflect my passion for faces and emotions, wrinkles, deep poignant eyes, movement, smells, colors and actions that will be forever frozen on a piece of paper. I like to share my photos the way they are: no photoshop, no color enhancement, no alterations. What you see is what I want to show: the simplicity of a moment.
I came to work and live in Baku in January of 1998. Despite the obvious need then for redevelopment of parts of the city, I really liked it. My interest in photography led me to explore parts of Baku that had a surreal beauty, like the oilfields near Bailov. Being close to the centre of Baku made it even more unique. Of course it was necessary to clean up and change this area and the Azerbaijan Government has done this well.
Baku is undergoing immense and rapid change. The photos display aspects of Baku (1998 – 2004), the current Sovetski redevelopment and 2 of the recent distinguished and recognisable Baku landmarks. The window containing these photos is from a demolished home in Sovetski.
The photographs in the lower part of the window depict different religious belief systems of the world. Like the theory behind these systems, these photos fit quite well together on a display. It is sad that this does not happen more widely in the real world. Photos in this section are from Japan, Kashgar (Western China), Ethiopia, Tibet, Georgia, Myanmar (Burma) and India.