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Gemma Land
(34 years old. Born in United Kingdom. Lives in: London)
London College of Communication

Currently studying a Masters in Photography at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. My practise is primarily within working with the photographic medium and I am interested in the origins and history of residential architecture and our psychological response to architectural space. Currently I have been exploring suburban housing in London, concentrating on the Hampstead Garden Suburbs, due to it's utopian planning. My work developed from research into the origins of suburbia in London and I have been considering the reasons and aims of its’ emergence for example, the rise of the nuclear family, the separation of work and family life and it’s utopian aspirations. My approach has been exploring the extended possibilities of the multiple frame/image as an expression about the suburban home. Photographing the façade of the home and then emphasizing the idea of the utopian home as a construction. By making use of emerging symmetry through reflections I accentuate the visual aspect of the homes as a perfection that goes beyond the real.
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I have been working with the frontal facade of the home and now want to start work about the side of the home, to create impossible structures. These images will continue to use repetition to create new forms, and be in black and white to emphasis the forms. I have been thinking about the uncanny and our relationship to the home, about how these places can be familiar and unfamiliar at the same time, and how a home can develop a psychological presence. I'm particularly inspired by Rachel Whiteread, Louise Bourgeois, Gordan Matta-Clark and the recent Psycho Buildings exhibition, in relation to the ideas that I am currently developing. Our relationship to the home in this country is very contradictory, especially in current times, people take solace in owning their own home, yet this can quickly become a burden when the housing economies change, I want to explore this relationship by using familiar structures and making them reflect a unliveable condition. This would be through creating windowless homes or homes too small to inhabit.
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