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20 - 28 April - Echo Control

Echo Control

Hilary Champion | Cate Field | Laura Greenway |Yeonhwa Kim | Susan Merrick | Dora Schluttenhofer Lees
Recent graduates from MA Fine Art, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham

Division of Labour
13-14 Herald Street
Bethnal Green, London E2 6JT 
Friday 20th April, 6.00-8.00pm. 

Private View  Friday 20 April 18.00-20.00
(Closed Monday + Tuesday)

 Echo Control is a group show featuring six recent graduates from the MA Fine Art course at UCA Farnham using film, photography, socially engaged practice, performance, digital print, sculpture, painting and installation. The work examines control through the lens of the personal, the social, the institutional, the media and the state. The title refers to the reverberations of control found in all aspects of our lives; multiple iterations and manifestations of the forces that surrounds us.  

Hilary Champion’s practice focuses on the ideological state apparatus and its control of alternative facts, mis-truths and post-truths. Champion uses this as the basis for a body of text-based work, all under the guise of the fictitious Office for Global Improvement (OGI). Announcements and messages purporting to emanate from the OGI form installations adapted to the sites they inhabit.

Cate Field works explores how urban locations control their inhabitants. Using sound and film, she creates artworks from the physical environment. The film of the escalator at Westminster tube station captures fleeting moments of commuters; a multiple layered narrative of people moving through the space.

Laura Greenway’s multidisciplinary work uses repetition to explore personal control, fear of intimacy, vulnerability and visibility from her own experience living with mental illness. The work uses performance, film, drawing and painting as a means to document and explore these ideas.

Yeon Hwa Kim collects traces of marks made by users of waste IT products reanimated as a series of films. Fingerprints extracted from analogue TV’s rendered into charcoal, form complex animations. Images of waste mobile phones examine corporate control and the over proliferation of IT gadgets we consume and discard.

Susan Merrick utilises her professional interpreting training to consider ideas around translation. Her research into Holloway women’s prison culminates into an installation investigating the boundaries between artist, audience and the state. The work is distributed through social media, video and live streaming, ensuring access to her work is democratised.

Dora Schluttenhofer Lees’s digital prints are informed by the investigation of girl culture and female solidarity. The work examines feminist culture and social control, to excogitate the notion of female identity and constructed gender. Her practice works across digital media, drawing and film.