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MFA graduate wins EIZO Student Award 2019

MFA graduate Jimmy Lee, from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) Farnham is one of three winners of the EIZO Student Award 2019.

Jimmy was shortlisted alongside UCA Rochester graduate Grace Elliot and went on to be crowned one of the three winners, beating three-hundred other students from seventy-six universities who had entered.

© Jimmy Lee

The judges included Benedict Redgrove; a photographer who has been shooting with NASA, Catherine Hyland; an award-winning photographer and artist, and Nick Ballón; a photographer whose latest work explores his Anglo-Bolivian heritage.

Jimmy’s winning work entitled ‘Another Day in Paradise’ is a series of colour photographs from the counties of England from 2017 to 2019. These photographs dig beneath the veneer of the contemporary English landscape, exposing the persistent ideology of the Brexit era.© Jimmy Lee

Jimmy said: “I am British Chinese, born and raised in Hong Kong. The unique cultural character of Hong Kong under the influence of post-colonialism offered me a blurry position on the British identity. After the Brexit referendum, I came to Britain and the issue of nationalism was rising. Through my work, my intention was to rediscover the social landscape and the British identity in the Brexit era, from the perspective of someone who sits in the middle: neither outsider nor insider.

“The mixture of memory, stereotype, politics and psychological landscape become my exotic commentary and imagination of post-Brexit England.”

© Jimmy Lee

Jimmy won an EIZO ColorEdge monitor and will be on placement over the summer with Nick Ballón.

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