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Helen McGhie


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Academic Tutor in Photography

My practice investigates interiority and the photographic gaze through the still and moving image. It considers how identity might be represented in relation to the notion of the Gothic, where 'haunted spaces' are affected by a past that disrupts the present. Images of the female protagonist, curiosities, enigmatic spaces and remote places establish fictitious documentaries. I'm currently working on my practice-led PhD 'Stargazing at the "Invisible": Photography and the Power of Obscured Light - Collaborations between the commercial sector (Kielder Observatory) and photographic practice' at the University of Sunderland.

Selected exhibitions:
'209 Women',
UK Parliament (London, 2018), 'Field/s ONE', Sluice_HQ (London, 2018), ‘<The Scrap>', Culture Station Seoul 284 (Seoul, 2018), 'And Again/Sluice_', Brooklyn Fire Proof (New York, 2016), 'Hello Future! Talent’s Archive', Onassis Cultural Centre (Athens, 2015).

Selected awards:
Winner, Format Festival: International Portfolio Reviewers’ Choice Award (2018), Winner, British Women Artists Competition (2016), Nominated, Magnum Graduate Award (2015, 2017).


Contribution to publications:
Rideal, L. and Soriano, K. (2018) Madam and Eve: Women Portraying Women. London: Laurence King Publishing.
Dabner, D. et al. (2017) Graphic Design School, London: Thames & Hudson.
Luxemburg, R. B. (2014) Science & Fiction, London: Black Dog Publishing.


Teaching and supervision

Research

PhD title: 'Stargazing at the "Invisible": Photography and the Power of Obscured Light - Collaborations between the commercial sector (Kielder Observatory) and photographic practice.' (Thesis submission: 2023)

Funded by the National Productivity Investment Fund (AHRC), my practice-led PhD is about the cultural connectedness of astronomy and photography and their shared use of darkness in storytelling. Informed by ‘feminist science’ and a series of multi-method photographic experiments exploring the imaginative potential of dark skies, the final work will present a series of alternative female perspectives of Astronomy. The work is being produced in partnership with Kielder Observatory, Northumberland (produced on site and in the surrounding forest), positioning Kielder as an innovative ‘gateway to science’ in North East England.
  • Interiority and the photographic gaze
  • Cultural connectedness of photography and astronomy
My work can be viewed at: www.helenmcghie.com

Last updated 11 June 2019

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