BRITISH SUBJECT - ATTILIO FIUMARELLA
Exhibitions, 5 - 31 August 2019
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31A, Jalan Gurdwara, 10300 George Town,Penang
The status ‘British Subject’ was mainly used between 1949 and 1982 for citizens from the Commonwealth. After changes in legislation, the term became obsolete and was replaced with ‘British Citizen’. The title of this work, refers specifically to second generation British citizens. It also alludes to Subject as a matter, or a topic of British nature. The new generation of Britain grew up at the intersection of ‘subject’ and ‘citizen.’ This work portrays their complex cultural identities; partly tied to their parents’ heritage and partly to the place where they were raised. It explores the shifting social landscape between the old England and the new one. The establishment and contribution of these communities is visible in the many aspects that define the social and cultural landscape, including music, art, food, architecture, fashion, and faith. My work gives special emphasis to these moments in the social landscape where both cultural heritages are visible and maintain a certain balance between themselves.
Attilio Fiumarella is a photographic artist interested in exploring social landscapes. After studying at Porto school of Architecture, he worked as an architect before dedicating himself to photography. His practice draws from documentary and architectural photography and his work received a number of recognitions. He was awarded the first place at RBSA Photographic Prize and two honourable mentions at IPA, the International Photography Awards. Lately, Attilio was finalist of the Aesthetica Art Prize and the Head On Portrait Prize. Attilio has been commissioned work by The Guardian, L’OBS, Die Welt and the Financial Times. In 2018, he was awarded a grant from the Art Council England to complete his latest project, British Subject. The project is gradually reaching a wide audience and has been showed in the group exhibition Middle Bound at QUAD in the UK, and as photo-book at FotoWien (Austria) and Month of Photography Los Angeles (USA). Attilio is currently based in Vancouver, Canada.
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