Event / 14 Dec 2023

Ffocws Online Artist Talk #03

Jean Chan, Katie Nia, Mareah Ali, Shaun Lowde

We warmly invite you to join us for a series of online talks with the ten artists selected for Ffocws 2023.

Ffocws is part of Ffotogallery’s mission to support emerging and early career artists in Wales who challenge the process, medium and application of photography. For this year’s selection we surveyed recent graduates across the country as well as aspiring artists through an open call in collaboration with Cardiff MADE (Higgins Initiative in Ffocws).

For this final artist talk we will be joined by Jean Chan, Katie Nia, Mareah Ali and Shaun Lowde. Find out more about the artists below, and book your ticket via Eventbrite here.

About Artists

Portrait of Jean Chan

Jean Chan

As a photographer, I love and lean towards Fashion and Art Photography. Throughout my years in university, I gained a heavy interest in Narrative Photography and Cinematography and now tend to mix these genres in subsequent projects that I take on. Through 'Burnout’ I wish to speak to the viewer and communicate a mixture of the senses of sorrow and serenity. For them to find relatability in these visions and solace as they look on.

Portrait of Katie Nia

Katie Nia

Katie Nia is a Photographic Artist based in South Wales, with an intrigue for history. Nia discovered a fascination with not only the development of photography to what we know it as today, but also with the analogue processes that had contributed to getting us there. She now uses her work to experiment and explore the photographic styles and processes from as early as the 1800’s to combine both the future with the past, giving life to some of the forgotten practices. Nia takes inspiration from psychological events both conscious and subconscious and explores their links within her own life both past and present. Nia uses her work to capture significance and meaning through the inspiration of Walter Benjamin’s concept of ‘aura’ as well as Jacques Derrida and his concept of hauntology, exploring their impact in not only her own life but also with those around her.

Portrait of Mareah Ali

Mareah Ali

Mareah Ali is a Welsh photographer who was born profoundly deaf. She recently graduated from the University of South Wales in Cardiff with a First-Class Honours degree in Photography. She found photography as a means of self-expression, in particular around the issues of deafness. After graduating, her work was exhibited at the StudioMADE gallery in Denbigh, North Wales.

Mareah has also connected and worked as a photographer with deaf and hearing creative practitioners, including the artist Johnny Cotsen and Taking Flight Theatre Company. She has also worked with the Sir Gareth Edwards Cancer Charity.

Portrait of Shaun Lowde

Shaun Lowde

Following a career as a lawyer to international media and entertainment clients, Shaun Lowde has recently ‘repurposed’ himself and is now pursuing a new direction as a photographer and digital content artist based in West Wales.

Shaun's practice has evolved into an exploration of digital content as a means of communicating the conceptual. He uses a range of digital and photographic processes to comment upon contemporary philosophical, environmental and sociological concerns.

Shaun has recently graduated with a first class honours degree in Photography from Coleg Sir Gar (Carmarthenshire School of Art). His work has appeared in exhibitions, magazines and online publications. It has won, and been shortlisted for, several awards.