MISHKA HENNER & VASEEM BHATTI
3 APR - 2 MAY
Energy Goast is a new exhibition for West Coast Photo Festival taking place in a pop-up venue in Whitehaven Town Centre.
Mishka Henner is one of the UK’s most significant digital artists working with and interrogating the photographic medium. Known for using the internet as a material for his work, Mishka explores the cultural representation of environmental geopolitical issues. Originally a scientist, Vaseem Bhatti works as a designer and artist. His creative practice explores notions of facades and surface; questioning material truth, fetishism and hierarchies. West Coast Photo marks the pair’s first collaboration on a project of this scale, and their new multimedia installation will explore the critical role the West Coast of Cumbria plays in Britain’s identity.
Though the West Coast seems isolated, hemmed in from the mainland by the Lake District, the area’s military, nuclear, and energy infrastructures lie at the core of the national interest. For many, they are large part of everyday life on the West Coast, however anxieties about them have permeated around the world, generating a large amount of cultural material from the sense of foreboding about them. This new installation will attempt to collect and reflect on the myths and symbols generated by the culture surrounding these industries, through film, photography, literature, sculpture and sound art, presented in a pop-up space in Whitehaven Town Centre.
Mishka Henner’s artworks have been exhibited all over the world, including at MoMA, New York, the Centre Pompidou, Paris, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, and the Lowry amongst others. In 2013, he was awarded the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, one of the most prestigious accolades a photographer can receive.