FOCUS ON PHOTOGRAPHER BEX DAY
Bex Day (b.1992) is a photographer and director from London.
Rigid beauty ideals and stereotypes are a burden to our society, they exist only to exacerbate division and tribalism within our communities. By breaking conventions and removing people from these futile constructs and empowering the overlooked and underrepresented communities, Bex challenges this archaic view of what it means to be human. By toying with the concept of categorisation, Bex aims to produce playful, humorous and surreal imagery that questions the effects of labelling on identity. Her portfolio constitutes an amalgamation of these themes, focusing predominantly on gender, diversity, individuality, the human condition, and freedom of choice.
Bex uses storytelling to disrupt the flow of preconception and judgement within her work. By empowering each subject through their sensibilities, she is able to create intimate, raw and sensitive images, designed to encourage both honesty and ambiguity, and explore the subtleties within human behaviour and identity politics. This is executed through the use of jaunty, vivid, saturated colour palettes and colour-blocking within her imagery.
Surrealism shakes off the limitations of the standardised world view; by constructing fantastical settings and scenes within her work, she is able to show and invite others to understand her subjects as they truly are, legitimising each and every individual throughout the varied sectors of fashion, documentary and portraiture. By leading her creative collaborations on set, she is able to perfect every minute detail within the image-making process, to create authentic representation and relatable imagery. Here’s to a new sense of normality.
AWARDS, TALKS AND EXHIBITIONS
Magnum Graduate Award Shortlist
C/O Berlin Talent Award Shortlist
British Journal of Photography - Portrait of Humanity Shortlist
British Journal of Photography - CALM shortlist
This is Gender - Shortlist
Wolf Suschitzky Prize - Shortlist
June 2020 - The British Journal of Photography, London
May 2019 - Nicer Tuesdays, It’s Nice That, London
April 2019 - Hen Panel Discussion, Herrick Gallery, London
February 2019 - Gender Fluidity Panel Discussion, Mina Raven, London
November 2016 - Vogue Italia, Base Milano
October 2016 - Recylart, Brussels
June 2016 - The Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield
January 2016 - Cambridge University
November 2019 - All That Man Is – Fashion and Masculinity Now
April 2019 - Hen, solo show, Herrick Gallery Curated by Mina Raven
November 2016 - Vogue Italia 'The Female Gaze'