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Joel Smith

Multidisciplinary artist, working mainly in photography

Plymouth, England / Aberdare, South Wales

While I am currently studying a BA in Fashion Media and Marketing, I have realised that I can’t relate to any of the expectations of that industry, and subsequently changed the direction of my art entirely. The majority of my work draws on my experience growing up in the South Wales Valleys. The biggest inspirations behind my practice are personal memories, old family photos and social traditions. Themes of nostalgia, community and cultural criticism are all present in some way throughout my work. While the tone of my work varies project-to-project, I try to retain the overarching sense of pride and resilience of the post-industrial region. I am looking forward to being able to explore these topics further and broaden my practice and skill set in the near future.

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