Media Arts and Design alumnus Zed Nelson has been awarded the 2013 Photoworks British School at Rome Fellowship. Zed graduated in Contemporary Media Practice (under its previous course title, 'Film, Video and Photography') from the University of Westminster in the 1990s.

Announcing the appointment, which runs from April to June 2013, Photoworks commented that “Nelson’s recent work increasingly reflects on contemporary social issues that confront Western society. His second and most recent book, Love Me (2010), reflects on the cultural and commercial forces that drive a global obsession with youth and beauty and was nominated for the 2011 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize.”

Zed’s research project will focus on an ill-fated migrant boat journey across the Mediterranean in 2011 that ended in tragedy.

Zed says, “Through the use of photography, written text and film, I aim to research a body of work that not only explores the event itself on a human level, but also interrogates our often confused and contradictory views on immigration and our responsibility towards those who risk everything for a better life.”

“The Fellowship selection follows an open submission call to mid-career photographers,” says Celia Davies, Photoworks’ Acting Director and Head of Programme. “The Fellowship is set up to support photographers’ practice; to provide a rare and much-needed opportunity to create time and space for artists to develop their ideas in a conducive, stimulating and supportive environment.

“In relation to Zed’s own line of enquiry, it was easy to see how this residency and context would genuinely allow Zed to push forward his way of working. His research proposal points towards a step change in his practice, we are keen to see the developments and outcomes of this residency.”

“Photoworks is the UK’s leading agency for photography. Photoworks commissions new work, curates exhibitions and events including the Brighton Photo Biennial, publishes books and the journal Photoworks. Collaborating with a broad range of artists and organisations, engaging the widest possible audience, Photoworks encourages debate and inspires new thinking about photography.

“The British School at Rome (BSR) is a centre for research on the archaeology, history and culture of Italy, and for contemporary art and architecture. It serves the needs of scholars and fine artists from the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. The BSR is one of the research institutes sponsored by the British Academy, and is one of a large group of international academies in Rome.”

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Contemporary Media Practice
Zed Nelson

For further information, contact:

Peter Dukes
Course Leader, BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Practice
School of Media, Arts and Design
University of Westminster
T: 020 7911 5000 x4271
[email protected]

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