A lecturer in Photography at the University has taken his exhibition to Japan.
Noel Bowler is currently exhibiting Union at the Reminders Photography Stronghold in Tokyo. The curated membership gallery prides itself on making multi-photographic activities possible such as exhibitions, workshops, events and publishing.
Union is the result of a five year project and was on display at the University of Suffolk's Waterfront Gallery in October. It looks at the spaces of organised labour; it explores the meeting rooms and back offices at the 'coalface' of the ideological war between labour and capital that has shaped our lives since the industrial revolution.
Noel explains his inspiration "I’ve always been fascinated with the notion of space and how we as people adapt to it, or indeed how our surroundings affect our decision making and productivity. The hope for all my projects is relatively straightforward: it’s always to create a conversation. In the case of Union, the conversation is about the global labour market and role of unions in shaping the future of workplaces."
Noel added "It is a real honour to have been invited to exhibit at RPS Gallery, Tokyo. One of the wonderful things about exhibiting work is learning from other curators. In this instance, how other cultures understand and interpret the themes that I try to address within my images."
Lisa Wade, Dean of the School of Art, Design and Humanities at the University of Suffolk said “Colleagues, staff and students at the University are thrilled to be able to celebrate Noel’s international successes. Noel’s insightful pictures explore the significance of space, attribute, composition and portrait alongside contemporaneous ephemera in his compelling exhibition which reflects his own research and professional photographic practice over a number of years.”
As well as the University of Suffolk, Union has been shown at the Gallery of Photography in Dublin. It is supported by Arts council England and Culture Ireland.
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