Moira Lovell is an art photographer working with staged documentary portraiture. Underpinning her practice is an investigation into the threshold between how we think we appear and how we are actually perceived by the camera. Lovell's exploration of this in-between space has lead her to work with a variety of communities such as school themed clubbers, female footballers and former coal miners.
In the series The After School Club (2006/7) young women, whom she photographed whilst wearing provocative schoolgirl outfits in themed nightclubs, are returned in daylight to their secondary school gates in similar revellers garb. The resulting photographs of the club-wisened alumni are oddly comic, but there is a more powerful feeling of pathos, nostalgia, and the acid tinge of naivety corrupted and exploited.
Stand Your Ground (2008) commissioned by Pavilion features the Doncaster Rovers Belles women's football team and the relationship between the players and their male coach. This double portrait series offers a wry view of team relations, compounded by the use of a soundtrack of the touchline directions from the coach, in a crucial match against the Arsenal women's team. Apparently gentle portraits again become uncomfortable examinations of gender and power.
Her current work We Still Stand (2009/12), supported by the National Media Museum Photography Bursary, is an aftermath photography project which explores a seminal event in the history of British industry and politics - the 1984/5 Miners Strike, a near civil war that left an indelible mark on the nation's consciousness. Lovell has photographed individuals and groups of former coal miners and comrades at night on the sites of their former colliery and picket grounds 25 years after battles were fought and lost. The photographic encounters build an uneasy portrait of something 'that-has-been'.
The National Coal Mining Museum for England will be hosting a symposium, entitled ‘The Narrator’s Gaze, fifty years of documentary photography’, on Friday 26 March 2010, from 10.30am until 4.30pm. The event is... more >>.
Shortlisted, Identities category
The work will be featured in a UK touring exhibition of winners and shortlisted photographers
Commendation, Artwork & Photography category
Awarded the Hungry Bursary
The Hungry Bursary was created to award emerging, mid career and established photographers with a chance to exhibit their chosen work with prints produced by Genesis Imaging, a free place at ... more >>.
Received £3000 to embark on a project making large-scale community portraits in the coal-mining villages of the Dearne Valley in South Yorkshire.
Awarded Flash Forward: Emerging Photographers
Year four of The Magenta Foundation'a Emerging Photographers exchange. With every year our artists exchange program grows and gets stronger. Flash Forward showcases the futu... more >>.
Winner of the Jerwood Photography Award
From 2003 to 2008 the Jerwood Photography Awards identified the most innovative artist photographers emerging in the UK. The Awards were organised annually by Portfolio Magazine a... more >>.
Commended entry, readers award, People Category
Nominated by staff at The Photographers' Gallery, London to present work at Plat(t)form 07 at the Fotomuseum Winterthur, Zurich
Commended image from the series We Still Stand was featured in the Aesthetica Creative works annual
Liberation France Newspaper published an article titled: These Clothes that Bother us by Fabrice d'Almeida Professor of contemporary history at Paris-II. The article referenced Lovell's series The After School Club
During the period 2003 to 2008 the Jerwood Photography Awards identified the most innovative artist photographers eme... more >>.
Essay by Jennifer Doyle exploring art and sport with reference to Lovell's series Stand Your Ground which features the Doncaster Rovers Belles football team
Review by Mick Gidley of the 2008 Pavilion Commissions programme and exhibition at the National Media Museum
This book brings together the winners and shortlisted artists of the Flash Forward 2008 Emerging Photographers Award.more >>.
The Pavilion Commissions Programme 2008 presents the work of the five artists selected and commissioned by Pavilion i... more >>.
Greg Hobson, Photography Curator at The National Media Museum, discusses the work of Moira Lovell, Tess Hurrell, Jo Lonhurst, Kevin Newark and Peter Ainswork who were commissioned by Pavilion to make new work for exhibition at ... more >>.
This issue focuses on the social landscapes of Europe. Mohammed Bourouissa's series Périphérique stages moments of tension and the power relations within the suburbs of Paris. From Denmark, Trine Sondergaard... more >>.