Victoria J. Dean

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Victoria J. Dean

Victoria J. Dean is a photographic artist based in Northern Ireland. A winner in the LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards 2017, her series, The Illusion of Purpose also gained her success as a finalist in Klompching Gallery’s FRESH 2017. The Illusion of Purpose has been published by Another Place Press in 2018.

Dean received the Royal Ulster Academy Award for Outstanding Students on completing an MFA Photography at Ulster University in 2017, and was selected by Olivia Arthur (Magnum) and Anna Sparham (Curator, Museum of London) in Source Magazine’s Graduate Photography Online 2017 Selections.

Artist Statement:

The Illusion of Purpose

Technology is restructuring our communication methods, transforming our perceptions and interactions with our environment, and rendering the physical realm comparatively cumbersome and slow. Disconnected from the modern digital world, these material structures and the systems in which they once functioned are obsolete. With the simplicity and directness of a symbolic form, each structure withholds its message, alluding to a relic from a forgotten language.

The Illusion of Purpose explores ideas of materiality, monumentality and the sculptural, questioning the relevance of the physical in our increasingly virtual age, and in a world of communication hijacked by technology.

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