Biography


Laura Chen (b. 1997)

Dutch image maker and creative based in the UK

Photographer | Mixed-Media Artist


Fascinated by documenting her daily encounters and whereabouts, Laura uses her camera as a tool to make sense of the world. Anything can inspire her work and train of thought, from mundane things in her immediate surroundings to personal and contemporary issues. She does not work in one specific discipline or style; the common identity which unifies her work is that all of these aspects are determined by the concept. She occasionally works with found or archival images, exploring mixed-media art and photo montage techniques to discover new meanings, create alternative narratives and articulate her ideas.

Exhibitions

GUP New Dutch Photography Talent 2020 group exhibition and book launch 6-8 December 2019 | Westergas, Amsterdam, NL.

'Killer Queens' solo exhibition 11 September - 13 October 2019 | Foto Atelier BW5, NL.

Sky High Skies 2019 | Transpace Gallery at Illinois State University, USA.

Sandwell Pride of Place Project as part of Blast! Photo Festival 2019 | Multistory, UK.

'Words From Dad'  and commissioned work for Chinese New Year Festival 2019 | Birmingham Hippodrome, UK.

The Green Lens group exhibition 2019 - EcoBirmingham & Ampersand Projects | Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) Birmingham, UK.

Project Birmingham group exhibition 2018 | Medicine Bakery, Birmingham, UK.

Recent Publications

GUP New - Interview about series 'Words From Dad'  | April 2020.

in-sight:photography - Interview about my photographic practice | April 2020.

Float Photo Magazine - Portfolio profile about series 'Finders Keepers' | March 2020.

Intern Magazine - Spotlights website feature about series 'Killer Queens' | January 2020.

Aesthetica Magazine - Artist Directory Spotlight - Online & Printed February/March issue #93 |  2020.

Propellor Magazine (Hélice) Issue #3 "Propaganda" 2019.

Midlands Zone #Issue 272, Dec 2019/Jan 2020 | Interview & Monthly Feature about ongoing series 'Killer Queens'.

Midlands Zone #Issue 271, November 2019 | World Aids Day campaign.

Riffs Journal - Volume 3, Issue #1 | April 2019.

Selected Clients and Commissions

Sofar Sounds, Custard Factory, Birmingham City University, Town Hall Symphony Hall Birmingham, Birmingham Hippodrome, Project Birmingham, Project Soundlounge Festival, Birmingham Improv Festival, Digbeth Dining Club, The Vintage Kilo Sale, Judy’s Vintage Fair.

Education

BA (Hons) Photography at Birmingham City University.

BTEC Level 3 Extended DDD* Diploma in Media TV & Film Production at Walsall Studio School.

Nominated as UK’s Highly Commended Media Student of the Year 2017 by BTEC Pearson.


GUP New Dutch Photography Talent 2020 at Machinegebouw Westergas, Amsterdam | 6-8 December 2019

Killer Queens solo exhibition at Foto Atelier BW5, The Netherlands | 11 Sep - 13 Oct 2019

The Green Lens exhibition at the Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) Birmingham, UK | 1 Sep - 28 Oct 2018

Project Birmingham exhibition at the Medicine Bakery in Birmingham | 14 - 17 June 2018

Sky High Skies | Show me the Sky group exhibition at Transpace Gallery - Illinois State University, USA | 10 - 15 Sep 2019

Press



I love analog photography. Besides the reminiscent quality and colour palettes, there’s the tangible, intimate and intuitive experience of loading a roll of film into my camera. Shooting film makes me slow down and really think about what I'm doing. It makes me reflect both personally and technically. I question myself as to why I want to document this specific person, landscape or particular little detail that has caught my eye, and how the subject makes me feel. I consider every aspect of my shot to capture the atmosphere and attempt to convey this in the final outcome. In those split-second moments -when time seems to be frozen and it's just me and my trusty little time machine around my neck or shoulder- that's when I feel at my best.

The whole process of shooting film makes me excited and impatient at the same time. Waiting for the negatives to be processed and developed is the hardest part, but then there’s the thrill of finally getting to see the results. Even if some shots didn’t turn out the way I initially intended, each one succeeded in becoming a memory which I now hold dearly.

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