If you haven’t heard of Dominic Hawgood before, you probably will again; although he’s just graduated from the Royal College of Art he’s already been exhibited at Hyères festival of fashion and photography and Belfast Photo Festival, plus the Sirius Arts Centre, Cork, Michael Hoppen Gallery, Cork Street Gallery, Matt Roberts Project Space, among many, many more. He studied for his BA at University of Wales, Newport and got a First; his thesis for his MA was awarded a distinction. Hawgood’s work is an uncanny mix of photography, CGI, installation and lighting design – having “made my way through the studio and assisting route”, he says, lighting is his speciality. His most recent project, Under the Influence, takes evangelical Christianity as its starting point but moves far beyond straight documentary to include sickly sweet images influenced by theatre and advertising. “Under the Influence has emerged from an interest in trends within evangelical Christianity popular among predominantly African communities in London,” he explains. “The work is a study into the use of advertising within a specific church, and an exploration of the theatrical practice of deliverance that plays a central role in this belief system.” Hawgood has started to experiment with moving images and plans to pursue this on his residency in China this September.
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