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The University of Westminster will open its eagerly anticipated MA Photographic Studies 2012 postgraduate exhibition on Wednesday 5 September until Sunday 9 September at the Ambika P3 venue in London. Voice of the Grain will present the very best of emerging contemporary photography from the long established and highly reputable MA Photographic Studies programme.

Voice of the Grain showcases 23 photographic projects of exceptional quality, imagination and technical skill. The work explores a range of practices, from the philosophical and autobiographical to the political and analytical. Exhibited works incorporate photography, video and installation in a powerful diversity of visual and conceptual display.

Borrowing from the French literary critic and theorist, Roland Barthes, the exhibition's title Voice of the Grain takes its name from his investigation into: "the very precise space of the encounter between a language and a voice" (Roland Barthes, Image-Music-Text, 1977). This theme proposes explorations in the space of the encounter between visual language and its voice, raising questions as to how the silent and inert image acquires its ‘voice’.

The exhibition is curated by Elizabeth Upper, arts editor of Above Magazine, and will take place at Ambika P3, a 14,000 square foot underground venue that has hosted various premier London photography events, including the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize in 2011.

As the showcase for a UK photography postgraduate programme renowned for its historical status in the pioneering of photography education, the MA Photographic Studies annual show has been known as the launchpad for many prominent international photographers, artists and curators, such as Steve Sabella, Rut Blees Luxembourg and many others. The show attracts an average of 2,000 visitors a year. The graduates and its alumni continue to establish and maintain prolific significance within the photographic industries.

A limited edition catalogue will be published to support the exhibition detailing artists work and including contributions by the MA Photographic Studies course leader David Bate, writer and photoartist, Karen McQuaid, curator and Marco Bohr, photographer and critic.

A panel discussion titled ‘Voice of the Grain’ on the muteness of photographs will take place on Friday 7 September at 4pm. Chaired by David Bate, MA Photographic Studies course leader, panelists include: Marco Bohr, lecturer in Visual Communication at Loughborough University, Sophy Rickett, artist and senior lecturer in Photography, London College of Communication, Daniel Rubinstein, writer and programme leader for photography at London South Bank University, and Eti Wade, photographic artist and head of the MA Photography at Thames Valley University.


Admission Free

Private View

Tuesday 4 September 2012 from 6pm to 9pm

Opening times

Wednesday 5 September until Saturday 9 September - 11 till 7pm

Sunday 9 September 11 till 4pm

For further information on the exhibition and to attend the panel discussion and private view please contact: 
Andrea C Morley on +44 (0)7815 198 792 or [email protected]