Festival Artist

Tanya Houghton is a social documentary photographer based in London.
 
About A Migrant’s Tale
Ten Migrants living and working in London were interviewed about their relationship to food, narrating their stories, tales of home and their motherland. Exploring their use of food in their daily routines and their ability to use this as an access point to their homeland.
Through a decoding process their stories were reduced to series of objects and food items, sitting alongside donated photographs from the participants and their family. Still life shrines were created through a visual reinterpretation of the stories they had told. The Shrine sits alongside a portrait of the migrant and is accompanied by a text panel of quotations taken from the interview.
In the context of our current border crisis the word migrant has been misshapen and recontextualised far beyond its original starting point. Through this exploratory research I aim to reclaim the word, moving the idea home far from its physical geographical location. Proposing home to be a place that stretches far beyond borders, home is place that we carry within, a cognitive home that we are all migrating to and from on a daily basis. All migrants in the search of a better place to call home.
 
Biographical Note
Tanya Houghton B.1985. Norfolk. England is a social documentary photographer based in London. Having studied at Goldsmiths University, she comes from a background of sociology and constructed photography, working on a range of projects. Her practice overlaps the boundaries between documentary photography and conceptual art based practice.
Her work examines the details within the everyday, unearthing the unexpected within the familiar, it is the desire to collect and compare them which motivates her work. Through the exploration and documentation of daily networks, she explores the characteristics and memory of everyday communities, creating multilayered works that explore notions of home and memory.
 
Member of The Urban Photographers Association
Founder of The I Wish You Were Here Project
 
Education
2014-2015 M.A. Photography and Urban Cultures at Goldsmiths University
2004-2007 B.A. Hon’s Fashion Photography at London College of Fashion
2003-2004 Art and Design Foundation Warwickshire College
 
Exhibitions
Upcoming:
2016 – A Migrant’s Tale, Solo Show, TBC, London, UK
2016 – The Other Art Fair, London, UK
2016 – Landscape Curated by Natasha Egan, Group Show, The Centre for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, USA
2015 – ‘Drift’ Group Show, Truman Brewery, London, UK
2015 – ‘BJP Graduate Awards’ Group Show, Truman Brewery, London, UK
2014 – ‘Nokia #Aires’ Group Show, Truman Brewery, London, UK
2009 – ‘Sleepers’ Group Show, Curtain Road Gallery, London, UK
2008 – ‘Lost’ Solo Show, The Foundry, London, UK
2007 – ‘Moving Forward’ Group Show, The Great Eastern Hotel, London, UK
2007 – ‘The University of the Arts’ Group Show, Royal Academy, London, UK
 
Awards
2015 – British Journal of Photography – Graduate Awards – Series
 
Talks & Workshops
2016- Photography, Memory, Place, Symposium, discussing work: Re-curating The Family Archive, Lisbon, Portugal
2015 - 3ff – Photography in the Community Workshop, London, UK
2015 - BJP & The Printspace – What next?, Artmedia, London, UK
 
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