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Gold 2020 Portfolio / Personal

Don'T Push Me Because I'M Close to The Edgge

  • Photographer
    Rhiannon Adam
  • Prize
    Gold in Portfolio / Personal

As the island nation, Britain's coast is more than a physical boundary. It’s a psychological space, and identity. Our 7723 miles of edge keeping us in, and as the news continuously reminds us, others out. Brexit. Desperation in rubber dinghies. And now, Covid-19. But for me, the coast has another element – it is the meeting point for all of us, the end of the road, a melding of all that is British, into a sense of ubiquity. North, South, East, West. There is a similarity in all corners, more of a sense of collective identity than anywhere else. This is a portrait of Britain in 2020.

Rhiannon Adam was born in Co. Cork, Ireland and was educated at Central Saint Martins (London), and at the University of Cambridge. She is currently based in London. Adam's work is heavily influenced by her nomadic childhood spent at sea, sailing around the world with her parents. She is particularly interested the notion of the photograph as a physical object, and the image as an intersection between fact and fiction – themes that continue throughout her work. Her long-term projects straddle art photography and social documentary, often including archive materials and mixed media.