‘No Words’ has been selected as one of seven Juror’s Picks as part of the Visual Storytelling Awards 2019, run by LensCulture. Jim Casper, Editor of the online magazine about contemporary photography in art, media, politics, commerce and popular cultures worldwide, awarded Sonya’s submission special distinction.
He writes ‘The image itself is stripped down to its essence. It’s got a strong and haunting graphic quality that sears itself into your mind and makes you curious to know the story behind the picture.’
Sonya remarks, ‘This image captures an intimate moment of acceptance/atonement between me and my son, our struggle with the pain of his self harm in the past, and the truth of the present.’
Sonya looks forward to exhibiting her work in the ‘Best of LensCulture’ exhibition at Aperture Gallery, New York in April.
You can read more on LensCulture’s website here.
A big thank you to the John Hewitt Society International Summer School for exhibiting Sonya’s latest work ‘Travelling in a Strange Land’. Here’s a taster of this year’s Summer School…watch out for Sonya’s photographs!
Last autumn 26 writers were paired with 26 visual artists in order to respond creatively to 26 treasures found in the Ulster Museum. Each writer was given the same constraint: to write a personal response to an object using exactly 62 words. This anthology brings together the work of writers and visual artists, from the ’26 Treasures’ exhibitions in the Ulster Museum as well as the V&A in London, the National Library of Wales and the National Museum of Scotland. Read more here.
Sonya Whitefield, from Co. Tyrone, reacted to her hysterectomy by picking up her camera – and the resulting exhibition is shocking Belfast. Jane Hardy reports here.
Open Submission Exhibition
‘Reflecting the notion of ‘a sense of place’, artists from, or working in the local area were invited to submit work concerned with identity, memory and/or the socioeconomic, political or historical issues found in South Ulster.’ For more information on the exhibition click here.