Student stories: Anna Sellen
Drip by drip, we are fed with concrete
Winner of FORMAT2021 Shutter Hub portfolio award, Wales-based photographer, artist and OCA student Anna Sellen launches virtual multimedia exhibition ‘Drip by drip, we are fed with concrete’ at CULTVR Portal this month.
Anna questions the Cold War legacy through the physical space of the bunker and her family archive. She uses photography, oral history, archives and diaries to examine her own and her family’s lived experiences in the Soviet Union between 1952 and 1986. She is interested in the impact of the political decisions, state-driven silencing and misinformation on people’s lives and identities, from one generation to the next, and what this means in today’s world.
Artist Anna Sellen says “This exhibition consolidates my work produced over the last two years. These stories from the past offer poignant lessons to us now, they are urgent and current, they speak directly to the anxieties and challenges of our world today.”
The exhibition can be accessed via CULTVR Portal: https://www.cultvr.cymru/catalyst-360o-anna-sellen/
Watch a video taster below
This exhibition is a collaboration between Anna Sellen, CULTVR Lab and 4Pi. It is part of Catalyst 360° supported by the Arts Council of Wales.
Anna is a photographer and multidisciplinary artist, based on the West Coast of Wales. She works with images, sound and text to tell stories about transitions that people and places undergo. Her projects often start autobiographically and evolve through extensive research. Anna is currently artist-in-residence at the Kelvedon Hatch Cold War Bunker (2020-2022).
https://www.annanas.co.uk | IG: annasellenphotography
CULTVR Lab is Europe’s first immersive cross-disciplinary space with a strong focus on digital arts, live performance and 360º cinema. https://www.cultvr.cymru/
4Pi are an award-winning creative studio that blends powerful emerging technologies with cross-media storytelling approaches, producing immersive experiences that reach out to audiences in new and engaging ways.