Helen McGhie is a photographic artist, her practice investigates interiority and the photographic gaze through the still and moving image; it considers how identity might be represented in ‘haunted spaces’, where the past that disrupts the present. Images of the female protagonist, darkness, dust, abandoned rooms and remote places establish fictitious documentaries. McGhie graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2014 and is currently working on a practice-led PhD at the University of Sunderland, in partnership with Kielder Observatory (Northumberland.) Her PhD, ‘Stargazing at the ‘Invisible’: Photography and the Power of Obscured Light – Collaborations between the commercial sector (Kielder Observatory) and photographic practice’ is using methods of darkness in storytelling and approaches to the visual or non-visual image to engage ‘stargazing’ audiences with unconventional imaginative experiences.
Selected awards: Winner, Format Festival: International Portfolio Reviewers’ Choice Award (2018), Winner, British Women Artists Competition (2016), Nominated, Magnum Graduate Award (2015, 2017). Selected exhibitions: ‘Field/s ONE’, Sluice_ Gallery (London, 2018), ‘<The Scrap>’, Culture Station Seoul 284 (Seoul, 2018), ‘And Again/Sluice_’, Brooklyn Fire Proof (New York, 2016), ‘Hello Future! Talent’s Archive’, Onassis Cultural Centre (Athens, 2015). Selected publications: ‘Madam and Eve: Women Portraying Women’, Laurence King Publishing (2018), Graphic Design School, Thames and Hudson (2017), Science and Fiction, Black Dog Publishing (2014).