Jan McCullough is interested in the role photography plays in the construction and expression of individual and collective identities in contemporary society. In her current work, she explores how people use photography when improving their lives in a consumption-led society, where desires are shaped by advertising and the photographic image – how a ‘better life’ can be commodified to be bought and built.
Solo exhibitions of McCullough’s work include Seen Fifteen Gallery, London; Belfast Exposed Futures Gallery, Northern Ireland and The Gallery, University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Selected group exhibitions include Landskrona Museum, Sweden; Filter Space, Chicago, USA; Czong Institute for Contemporary Arts, South Korea and Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland. McCullough has been nominated for the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize, International Centre for Photography New York Infinity Award and won the British Journal of Photography Breakthrough Award. Her book ‘Home Instruction Manual’, published by Verlag Kettler, was awarded the Kassel Fotobookfestival Dummy Award and shortlisted for the Recontres D’Arles Author Book Award. McCullough is a recipient of the Freelands Foundation Artist Programme 2018 – 2020, London.
Jan McCullough is the recipient of the IMMA Photography Residency Award 2019 – 2020. This award offers two established residencies, at IMMA and at the renowned Light Work photography organisation in Syracuse, New York, and a third residency comprises of a self-initiated international research journey proposed by McCullough. All three residencies are scheduled to take place between January and June of 2020. This exchange includes a reciprocal residency at IMMA with selected artist Suné Woods, a former Light Work Artist-in-Residence. The Photography Residency Award is made possible through the support of IMMA 1000.
“I am thrilled to be supported by IMMA through this award, which will enable me to create a major new body of work while participating in three unique residencies. The opportunity to collaborate with these renowned institutions, while constructing work in new locations, will make for an exciting and influential time for my practice.”
Jan McCullough, Oct 19
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