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Two University of Westminster graduates will present their work at prestigious photography festival

Photography 12 June 2015

Two University of Westminster graduates, Jonathan Simpson and Aida Silvestri, have been selected to showcase their photography work at the annual exhibition and competition FreshFaced+WildEyed 2015. The exhibition will take place between 15 June and 5 July at The Photographers’ Gallery.

FreshFaced+WildEyed gives emerging talent the opportunity to exhibit their work.

Contemporary Media Practice BA Honours graduate Jonathan Simpson has been selected as a 'favourite' by world-renowned fashion magazine i-d for his photography project entitled ‘I am Fine’. Simpson’s project focusses on Singapore’s migrant workers – working for minimum wage and vulnerable to exploitation.

Jonathan is a photographer and film maker who specialises in documentary and reportage projects. He is particularly interested in human rights issues and working to bring about change.

Photography BA Honours (part-time) graduate Aida Silvestri has also been selected to present her work at the exhibition. She has previously been named by the British Journal of Photography as one of the 2013 Best of Show winners at the Free Range exhibition.

“I am very delighted to have been picked for Fresh Face +Wild Eyed 2015. It is a great opportunity to showcase my work at the Photographers’ Gallery especially at this time of heightened awareness of the tragic situation of refugees fleeing atrocities in their home countries.

“My work depicts the tragic journeys and experiences of Eritrean refugees to the United Kingdom. I hope that the exhibition will expose my work to a wider audience and bring to light the suffering faced by my sitters during their uncertain, and at times dreadful, voyage to exile” says Aida.

Aida’s interests lie in exploring new and conceptual approaches to sensitive issues such as: migration, identity, ethnicity, culture, politics and the landscape through documentary photography and art installations.

The University of Westminster pioneered the teaching of photography in 1839. The University’s courses have always reflected and influenced the state of the art. Our teaching staff, technicians and imaging facilities are unrivalled in the UK. Westminster’s Photography Department offers a unique choice of courses which spans the arts and the sciences; the practical and the theoretical; the conceptual and the commercial.

Eritrea to London on foot, by car, lorry, boat and train, 2013 © Aida Silvestri, 2015

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