Photographic artist Natasha Caruana will be speaking about her practice and recent projects. The talk is programmed in partnership with NGCA.
Caruana is a photographic artist living and working in London. She has an MA in photography from the Royal College of Art, London and is a Senior Lecturer of Photography at the University for the Creative Arts, Surrey, UK. In 2010 Caruana co-founded the London based studioSTRIKE artists studios. In 2014 Caruana was named as the winner of the BMW Artist in Residence Award 2014 at musée Nicéphore Niépce, France. During July-December 2015 she is undertaking an artist residency at the Open Data Institute.
Caruana’s own art practice is grounded in research concerned with narratives of love, betrayal and fantasy. Significant to all Caruana’s work is the questioning of how today’s technology is impacting relationships. Her series ‘Married Man’ documents love and life of the everyday and her later work ‘Fairytale for Sale’ explores the strange ritual of newlyweds blocking out their faces in online adverts. Her work is created drawing from archives, the Internet and personal narratives.
Caruana’s work has been shown internationally from the United States, Poland, Germany, China, Australia and Saudi Arabia. Her series ‘Married Man’ and ‘Fairytale for Sale’ work has been included in numerous contemporary photographic catalogues, printed as a monograph, and has toured widely, including in Hijacked III: Contemporary Photography from Australia and the UK, Perth, Brisbane and Sydney, 2012; Narratives and Narrative Forms, Lianzhou Foto Festival, China, 2012, Get it Louder, The Orange Gallery, Beijing, China, 2012; Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Awards, Toronto and Boston, 2012–13; Married Man and Other Stories, Photofusion, London, 2012; and The Social: Encountering Photography, The Sunderland Museum, 2013. The Trace of an Act, Paraty Em Foco Photo festival, Brazil, 2011. Her work is held in numerous private collections and in the public collections of the British Library, The Women’s Library and The Kinsey Institute in the United States.
Her work was nominated for the 2014 Foam Paul Huf Award, shortlisted and the Deutsche Bank Pyramid prize in 2008 and for the National Magazine Awards in 2007. Caruana has been named as the one to watch in the Royal Photographic Society Journal and selected by the Humble Arts Foundation as one of 18 leading female art photographers currently working in the UK.