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I'm a British artist with an interest in expanded forms of evidence, simulation, and representation in the post-photography / post-truth era.  Encompassing these interconnected themes, I have a diverse practice and work with a range of media, including photography, generative AI, text, and sourced, online material.

Bio

My interest in photography began when I trained to become an evidence photographer whilst serving in the British Army. Collectively, my early work draws heavily from the experiences of my time in the military.  Working in collaboration with British Armed Forces veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, I've explored the unseen consequences of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in an attempt to raise awareness of this complex and often misunderstood condition. 

 

With a tendency to gravitate around contested spaces (both physical and virtual), later works have explored broader themes, including the commodification of contemporary conflict, Brexit, as well as the relationship between politics and personality in the post-truth era.  ​

More recently, my focus has shifted to exploring my long-term fascination with artificial intelligence and the monumental technical advancements, as well as the growing ethical concerns and implications we are currently witnessing with the mainstream adoption of increasingly powerful generative AI systems.  

Selected Group & Solo Exhibitions 

Thessaloniki PhotoBiennale 23

Group show, featuring Boris Mikhailov, Rafal Milach, Joan Fontcuberta and Pilar Rosado, MacDonaldStrand, Bani Abidi, Lauren Greenfield, DISNOVATION.ORG, and others. 

(Curated by Julian Stallabrass.)

MOMus - Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Greece

(2023 - 2024)

Copenhagen Photo Festival

Copenhagen, Denmark (2023 - 2024)

Earth Photo 

Touring exhibition, showing at:

Royal Geographical Society, London, UK (2023)

5 forest locations across England (2023 - 2024

The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall, UK (2023)

Sidney Nolan Trust, Herefordshire (2023)

Sune Jonsson Center for Documentary Photography @ Västerbottens Museum

Group show, featuring Berenice Abbott, Forensic Architecture, Stephanie Dinkins, Kate Crawford & Vladan Joles, and others.  

Umea, Sweden (2023 - 2024)

Lishui Photography Festival

Lishui, China (2023)

Landskrona Foto

Landskrona, Sweden (2023 - 2024)

Format International Photography Festival

Derby, UK (2023)

Currents New Media: Art & Technology Festival

Santa Fe, USA (2023)

Photobook Week Aarhus

ARoS Art Museum + Aarhus School of Architecture

Aarhus, Denmark (2023)

The Wrong Biennale  'AI/AI'

Priestman Gallery, Sunderland, UK + Online (2023 - 2024)

'Metamorphosis'

Group show, featuring Daniel Meadows, Joanna Piotrowska, Heather Phillipson and others.

Ex-Libris Gallery,

Newcastle-upon-Tyne, (2023)

'13 Rembrandts' (an experimental AI + AR project)

The Wrong Biennale: Sunderland Pavilion

Sunderland, UK (2019)

'Gimme Shelter: Forts & Fictions in the Lowlands' 

Group show, featuring Jeremy Deller, Trevor Paglen, Omer Fast, Jean Luc Godard, and others.  

Kunstfort Asperen & Kuntsfort bij VijFhuizen, 

The Netherlands (2015)  

'Format Photography Festival: Evidence'

Group show, featuring Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel, Lisa Barnard, David Fathi, Boris Eldagsen, Simon Norfolk, Sarah Pickering, Mishka Henner, Cristina De Middel, and others.

Derby, UK (2015)

'You are the Company in Which You Keep' 

Group show, featuring Julian Germain, Paul Graham,  Melanie Manchot,  Simon Roberts, Jo Spence, Gilbert & George, John Stezaker, and others. (Curated by Alistair Robinson.)

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art

Sunderland, UK (2013)

'Northern Ireland: 30 Years of Photography'

Group show, featuring Paul Graham, Paul Seawright, Broomberg and Chanarin, Mark Power, Hannah Starkey, Martin Parr, Chris Steele-Perkins, Donovan Wylie, John Davies, and others.

Belfast Exposed and the MAC

Belfast, UK (2013)

'Nothing in the World But Youth'

Group show, featuring Jeff Wall, Rineke Dijkstra, Andy Warhol, David Hockney, Sarah Lucas, Jeurgen Teller, Diane Arbus, David Bowie, Richard Hamilton, Don McCullin, and others.

Turner Contemporary

Margate, UK (2011 - 2012) 

‘Tour Photographs’  (Featured in ‘War Memorial’ by Julian Germain)

Brighton Photo Biennial.  Aspex Gallery

Portsmouth, UK (2008)

‘Made in Britain: Contemporary British Photography’

Group show, featuring Michelle Sank, Susan Derges, Nigel Shafran, Elaine Constantine, Clare Strand, and others.

Huis Marseille and FOAM Institute

Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2005)

‘Left Right Left’ & ‘Tour Photographs’

Baltic: Centre for Contemporary Art

Gateshead, UK (2004)

'Year One: A Snapshot of Britain'  (Curated by Martin Parr)

The Photographers' Gallery

London, UK (2001)

Publications

'Format 23: What Photography Can Be’

Published by Quad (2023)

'Format 15: Evidence’

Published by Quad/Format (2015)

'de Marseillaise: Fifteen Years of Collecting’

Published by Huis Marseille (2014)

‘Northern Ireland: 30 Years of Photography'

Published by Belfast Exposed and the MAC (2013)

'Nothing in the World But Youth'

Published by Turner Contemporary Press (2011) 

‘Made in Britain: Contemporary British Photography’

Published by Huis Marseille & FOAM Institute (2005)  

'Left Right Left’

Published by PhotoNorth (2003)

Collections

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK

Huis Marseille: Museum of Photography, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

 

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK

Belfast Exposed, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

 

 

research is currently underway which is centred around artificial intelligence, machine learning and machine vision, as well as virtual and augmented realities and simulations.        

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Copenhagen Photo Festival, Denmark (2023)

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Landskrona Foto, Sweden (2023)

Contact

amesphoto@hotmail.com

Working Towards a Greener Future

 

As part of a growing commitment to make my practice more environmentally sustainable, my digital studio is run on 100% renewable energy. Where possible, paper-based prints, tests, mock-ups and published books are made using recycled or FSC certified paper stocks and plant-based inks.  I only source packaging that is made from recycled materials and is 100% recyclable.  

 

In addition, I support the Woodland Trust's sustainable rewilding project and I'm also a member of the Marine Conservation Society. 

 

For further info or to support their conservation work, please visit:

www.woodlandtrust.org.uk

www.mcsuk.org

© Craig Ames 2023

All rights reserved

 

 

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