Jan McCullough works with photography, moving image, sculpture and installation to explore how the photographic image can be used to construct and produce individual and collective expressions of self. Recent work has included sculptural, material responses to how the camera mediates, encounters and transforms built space and can question how we locate ourselves in it. Other work has explored how people use photography when improving their own lives in a world where desires are shaped by, and affect, advertising and the photographic image.
McCullough’s work has been nominated for Pla(t)form at Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland, 2018; the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize, 2016; The International Centre for Photography New York Infinity Award, 2016; and won the British Journal of Photography Breakthrough Award, 2016. Her book ‘Home Instruction Manual’, published by Verlag Kettler, was awarded the Kassel Fotobookfestival Dummy Award and shortlisted for the Rencontres D’Arles Author Book Award, 2016.
Recent solo exhibitions include CCA Derry-Londonderry, 2020-2021; Seen Fifteen Gallery, London, 2016; Belfast Exposed Futures Gallery, Northern Ireland, 2016 and The Gallery, University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 2015. Selected group exhibitions include Freelands Gallery, London, 2021; Czong Institute for Contemporary Arts, South Korea, 2019; Filter Space, Chicago, USA, 2018; Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, 2018; and Landskrona Museum, Sweden, 2016.
Jan McCullough is the recipient of the IMMA Photography Residency Award 2019 – 2021. 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 2020 and December 2021. 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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