Patrick Graham

Form & Pressure

Hamlet describes the purpose of theatre as being to reflect the form and pressure of the age. This project examines the form and pressure found within a university’s fine art photography department. Through transcripts of real conversations and photographs of their institutional context, Form & Pressure is a bookwork that seeks to disentangle the complex network of power relations that exist uniquely in this place and at this time.

The transcripts derive from tutorials held within the department and also from art therapy sessions in which people affected by mental health difficulties, living on benefits, struggle to find meaning in a world where livelihood is indivisible from identity.

About the Artist
I am a photographic artist living and working in the city of Bath in Somerset, UK. In the summer of 2013, I graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Photography from Plymouth University, where I was awarded the Greg O’Shea Memorial Prize in recognition of the excellence of my practice and final major project, Form & Pressure – described as “the most extraordinary piece of undergraduate work in years.”


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