Portsmouth Guildhall has awarded University of Portsmouth Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries graduate Saesha Ward with an exhibition for her work at the CCi Graduate Show 2017. After exhibiting twice in Portsmouth and once in London as part of both undergraduate and graduate group exhibitions, Saesha has received 2017’s Guildhall Graduate Show Award exhibition of Mersey Paradise.
Through exploring a subjective sense of identity and image, Mersey Paradise questions whether portraiture can reflect the intimacy of a friendship between photographer and subject. By shooting her peers at home in Manchester, Saesha explored commonalities and group identity; one that manifests itself to a wider cultural identity of youth in Northern England. Considerately composed and thoughtfully lit, the portraits reflect the character of the individuals as well as that of the artist.
“My practice often explores youth identity and culture through documentary portraiture,”Saesha says. “Mersey Paradise is one of my most personal yet as I captured intimate portraits of seven of my closest friends.”
The exhibition will be in the Freda Swain Lounge from the 30th of June to the 10th of September, open to all on weekdays from 9am to 5pm and Saturdays from 10am to 2pm.
See more of Saesha Ward work on Instagram (@saeshablue) or on her website: