ARTIST BIO

I am a UK-based photographer originally from the working-class North of England, now based between Epsom & Folkestone. Alongside photography commissioned by clients, my personal work examines how society, influence and power interact with identity, authenticity and a sense of belonging.

My work in part seeks to explore the ever-shifting and fluid boundaries between who we feel we are in any one moment and the parts of ourselves we conceal or change in order to feel both a sense of belonging and safety.

The aesthetics of my work often present as a sort of facade or mask too. They pretend to masquerade and echo what we would expect to see in magazines, social media or old family film footage. However, on closer inspection, under the surface, there is something else, a subversion of what we see as “normal”. A challenge to see the surface value things differently.

My current work in progress is a personal project exploring the female gaze and queer love.

I am also beginning a community-based project around the theme of radical self-love and body acceptance. This project aims to counterbalance the ideals and airbrushed perfection we see all around us on social media and seeks to help the community explore the beauty in real bodies, thus recalibrating our expectations of what we expect our bodies to look like and celebrate them for all that they are. Please get in touch if you’re interested in being a part of this project or would like to be kept up to date with it! hello@photographybyadele.co.uk

EXHIBITIONS

ABANDONED | The Glasgow Gallery of Photography Group Exhibition 4th- 29th October 2023

FRAGMENTS | The Horton, Epsom 9 – 24 August 2023

CUT TORN MENDED | Spilt Milk Gallery Group Exhibition & Zine 13 May – 31 Aug 2023

ARTIST/PARENT Group Exhibition | Air Gallery, Manchester 4 Feb – 3rd March 2023

Group Exhibition | The Grange Art Gallery, Brighton 16-27 November 2022

Re(Production) Parenthood and the Art World. Group Exhibition Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool 16 Jun – 23 July 2022

Landings Group Exhibition, Online: Practices of Care Category 2022

In The Offing – Pop Up Exhibition, IoP Gallery, Falmouth 8 July 2022

ARTIST RESIDENCY

FRAGMENTS A COLLECTIVE RESPONSE, Participatory Project | The Horton Epsom 9 – 24 August 2023

STUDY

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, Falmouth University, Sep 2023 – May 2024

MA in Photography (Distinction), Falmouth University, June 2021 – April 2023

Visual Communications, Open College of Arts 2011-2012