noun, plural um·bras, um·brae [uhm-bree].
1. shade; shadow.
2. the invariable or characteristic accompaniment or companion of a person or thing.
3. Astronomy. 1. the complete or perfect shadow of an opaque body, as a planet, where the direct light from the source of illumination is completely cut off.
4. the dark central portion of a sunspot.
5. a phantom or shadowy apparition, as of someone or something not physically present; ghost; spectral image.
The exhibition shows the work of four young experimental visual artists, Katie McGoran, Natalie Beddows, Justin Tabbett, and Ellen Crofton. All of whom test the boundaries of photography and moving image through experimental visuals, concepts, and themes.
Katie explores political and societal issues through the camera using experimental processes to encourage people to question the status quo. Their current work explores the impact of power and capitalism on architecture and the urban environment.
Through photography and experimental film, Ellen explores distortion of the everyday, experimenting with perception and the role of the viewer. Character is also important in her work, where her portrait pieces have a fictional quality in the hope to exaggerate current social issues.
Justin pairs images and photography with poetry to provide a striking visual contrast between the selected images and the contents of his poetry. Exploring diaspora, racism, growing up, and addressing shadows of the past.
Natalie primarily uses film photography and combines her print work with collage, sketch work, painting and embroidery to experiment with materiality and texture. Her work focuses on the themes of decay, realism and solitude as a way of exploring the world’s environmental issues.
The exhibition is on until the 1st May and you can follow their work on Instagram @umbra.creatives