NTU’s 20th annual photo festival Emerge kicks off next month, and Platform’s Photo Editor Callum Baigrie is following the build up to what is turning out to be one of the biggest and best shows yet. Read more about the festival here.
On the run up to the festival, Platform are speaking to some of the photographers exhibiting. We’ll be finding out who is inspiring them, what their projects are about, and what they plan to do after the festival closes. Next up is Robyn Evans, who is investigating the issue of street harassment alongside Nottingham Women’s Centre.
What is your degree show project about?
My project is about the issue of street harassment of women in Nottingham. This issue occurs throughout the world but I chose to focus on Nottingham as it’s where I work and study. I’ve been speaking to women about their experiences of street harassment and i’ve been photographing the locations where it has happened to them. I wanted to photograph the locations to show ‘regularness’ of the locations
Street harassment of women occurs around the world, but I chose to focus on Nottingham as it’s where I work and study.
By photographing these spaces, and listening to the experiences of others I hope to raise awareness, reduce stigma and open up a channel where women can recognise what is happening to them, take ownership of their bodies and begin to fight back to reclaim the public sphere.
I’ve been working with Nottingham Women’s Centre and Hollaback! Nottingham, I hope to collaborate with them on their future events to help spread the message that street harassment is not ok.
Which photographers/artists are inspiring this body of work?
I’ve mainly been looking at Joel Sternfeld’s ‘On This Site’ and Antonio Olmos’s ‘The Landscape of Murder’, two photographers whose work look at locations where horrible things have happened, and like me they are documenting the familiarity of these locations. I’ve also been reading old copies of the feminist magazine ‘Spare Rib’.
What do you plan on doing after you graduate?
I hope to work in marketing, I also want to volunteer with a women’s charity. Hopefully I can continue photography in my spare time.
Robyn will be exhibiting at Bohunk Institute, nearby the Motorpoint Arena. Check out more of Robyn’s work on the Emerge website here.