Work in Progress
In this Day and Age is a photographic project about people who have moved to the Western Isles from other places, both from within and from outside of the UK. This work was conceived as, and will later become a book publication. An island is a singular place, with clearly defined boundaries. It is both a microcosm of the World and a philosophical idea. It is a place that invites departure and return and it is a place that continually inspires re-definition.
We are interested in the interconnections between people and places, and how this is changing and offering new perspectives. We are here to listen, to and to incorporate the reflections and experiences of the people in this place, whatever they may be. Important questions for us are, Why have people made the islands their home; What are the relationships forged between people and places; Who belongs where?
By working and photographing new settlers rather than indigenous people, we are exploring some of the common assumptions around identity, belonging, culture and citizenship, along with investigating the development of new identities as a result of global diaspora.
We are focussing on present-day elements and characteristics that are developing in communities due to increased social mobility, and are interested in how (and if) this has liberated and benefitted this place. From our base in North Uist, we are also making images of the surrounding places and landscapes. These are contextual, and are intended to create a narrative which we hope has the potential to tell numerous stories.
Through our blog, social media presence and community involvement we are interested in creating a more participatory and socially engaged practice.
Kippin and Neate 2020
The exhibition will be a virtual one initially until we can safely open Taigh Chearsabhagh to the public once again.
There will be a symposium: Imagining An Island 25 – 27 September, in collaboration with UHI Centre for Rural Creativity, foregrounding Contemporary Landscape Practices in Photography and Film. This is expected to be an actual event at Taigh Chearsabhagh but will also be accessible online.
John Kippin studied Fine Art in Brighton and Newcastle where he was awarded an M.A. and later a PhD. He taught at the University of Northumbria, leading the Contemporary Photographic Practice programme. He later became the Head of School of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Cumbria and subsequently was awarded an Emeritus Professorship at the University of Sunderland. His work has been widely exhibited in the U.K and overseas, most recently in China. He is a current Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow working with Nicola Neate on North Uist.
Nicola Neate studied Fine Art Painting and Printmaking (BA hons) at Ravensbourne College, Printmaking (MA) at Camberwell and then Photography (PGDip) at the University of Sunderland. She has exhibited extensively in the UK and has been awarded Residencies and Commissions. She has a multi-disciplinary art practice that is developed through extensive research in response to people and place. Nicola is currently living in Noth Uist and is working with Professor John Kippin on the Photographic Project ‘In This Day and Age’.