Since its inception, hip-hop has given a voice to the racially oppressed minorities of America. The popularity and overwhelming success of N.W.A turned five penniless, angry teenagers into megastars. They came from Compton, California, an area notoriously known for the Bloods and Crips gangs, who were responsible for much of the violence in the area. N.W.A released their second album Straight Outta Compton in 1988 to responses of praise, and for others, anger and fear. Their songs caused a rift in the American public, notably the track ‘Fuck the Police’ which got them a letter of disapproval from the FBI, as well as bans being issued to prevent the group playing venues. On the surface, the song seems like a harsh critique, but it becomes clear why N.W.A expressed such discontent with authority.
Second year students recently completed their first project of the year – Make. This was a studio based project that asked students to physically make an object. With an emphasis on experimentation and playfulness, there was no limitation on what could be created.
Leaving the Building is the 2014 graduate show for BA(Hons) Photographic Art students at the University of South Wales. It is an expansive exhibition in the Newport City Campus, featuring a wide variety of differing contemporary approaches to photography and other lens based media. Join us for the Private View on Thursday 5th June, 6.00pm-8.30pm to celebrate the considerable achievements of this years graduating cohort.
The show will then run from Friday 6th June, 9am through to Thursday 12th June, 5pm Close.
This years stunning publication ‘Leaving the Building’, will also be available to purchase at both the Private View and throughout the duration of the show.
To find out more and to RSVP head over to the Facebook event page: facebook.com
To coincide with an exhibition of the same name, this year’s photoart graduate website, Leaving the Building, designed by final year photoart student Oliver Norcott, has just gone live. The publication pdf download will be available from Friday 30th May, when we will also be launching the physical book at 4 locations from a mobile library.
We look forward to seeing you there and welcoming you into our mobile library.
BA(Hons) Photographic Art have been awarded a CELT Learning Innovation Grant 2014, to go towards this years graduate publication.