Willie Robb East Sussex, United Kingdom
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I am a photographer, video producer and artist who was born and raised near Perth in Scotland and is now based in Lewes, South East England. I graduated from Brighton University in 2008 with a BA(Hons) in Photography and continue to create self-initiated projects using a blend of autobiographical and documentary practice.

My work is always led by personal experience and current affairs. Often referencing present socio-political concerns in the UK, I use a variety of photographic styles and approaches to consider the physical impact of dogmatic, political ideology. Although there may not always be aesthetic parallels in my work every project is connected by an overriding urge to contemplate and question huge political measures and their influence. The effects of Government-led strategies such as economic austerity, Brexit and the various referendums that have happened in the last five years form the core of my practice.

Artwork

European Ferries, Photography, 2017

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Body of Writing, Photography, 2017

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Auto-da-fé ( Portuguese: “act of faith”), Video, 2016

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DER DIE DAS, Photography, 2010 - 2014

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SPIKES, Photograms / Organic Stains, 2013 -2015

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Wet Embers, Instant Photography, 2012 - 2014

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8 Minutes, Photography, 2013

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CEDE, Full HD Video, 2012

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Midnight Sitters, Photography, 2010

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Parking Among Trees, Photography, 2009 - 2010

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Dupplin, Photography, 2007 - 2008 (Graduate Project)

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Previous projects

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Body of Writing Exhibition

07/10/2017 to 05/11/2017

Identity and memory are the twin themes explored in an innovative public art installation at Salisbury Cathedral that combines photographs of tattoos, belonging to inmates at Erlestoke prison, and extracts of their writing. I was asked to photograph the prisoners on location by LLL Productions Artistic Director Mark Hewitt who developed the...

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United Artists Lewes 2016

14/06/2016 to 17/06/2016

I entered a couple of prints from SPIKES into United Artists Lewes, an exhibition of local art by local artists. All the artwork is for sale with 45% going to community owned Lewes Football Club. I enjoyed a fantastic opening night with great weather, great music from Morlove and Moonbeam, great company and great art. It was fantastically well...

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The Foundry Gallery, Lewes Details

Broadscape - Brighton Photo Fringe 2016

01/10/2016 to 30/10/2016

The Brighton Photo Fringe returned for another biannual year. 2016 marked a collaborative effort from myself and three fellow artists, Claire Kennard, Heidi Kuisma and Clare Hankinson who formed The Soft Collective to exhibit at Kings House in Hove. Our exhibition titled Broadscape incorporates realism, picturesque observations, photographic...

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Blind Veterans Photography Workshop

05/05/2016

I was invited to host a studio and landscape photography workshop at the Blind Veterans UK Brighton branch in Ovingdean. Technically I was deemed an advisor but the talent within the group quickly superseded any photographic advice I had to give. The experience confirmed my theory that it takes a lot more than 20/20 vision to make a good...

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St Dunstans, Rottingdean Details

Short Circuit - Experimental Documentary Short Films

28/01/2016

A short film I made with doctoral research student and producer Nicolette Fox was screened at The Short Circuit, an experimental film night. The screening has been programmed by art and documentary Film Producer Jayne Wilson and took place at Presuming Ed in Brighton on Thursday 28th January.

Presuming Ed, Brighton Details

The Tribe Prize

19/07/0014 to 02/08/0014

I was delighted to be shortlisted for The Tribe Prize at Edger Modern in Bath. The Tribe Prize is a multi disciplined fine art competition that focuses on abstract expressionism so I was honoured to have my photographs from the project Spikes included.

The Edger Modern, Bath Details

The Shot I Never Forgot

04/10/2014 to 07/11/2014

I was honored to be included in an exhibition curated by John House. The Shot I Never Forgot features work by over twenty photographers, myself included, and originally started out as a blog. There was an eclectic mix of styles and genre which always makes for good viewing. I believe John is hoping to have another show soon.

New England Road, Brighton Details

CEDE - The Brighton Photo Fringe 2012

01/10/2012 to 31/10/2012

Cede is split-screen road movie depicting alternate views over the English-Scottish border. Both views look towards the border whilst traveling on opposing sides. I projected cede at several outdoor Brighton based outdoor locations throughout October as part of The Brighton Photo Fringe. I was honored to be shortlisted for the Danny Wilson Award.

Various locations around Brighton., Brighton Details
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