ABOUT

BORN HACKNEY, LONDON 1999

CURRENTLY STUDYING BA(HONS) FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY: GLASGOW SCHOOL OF ART 2019-22

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O’DONNELL DOWNING is an image maker concerned with truth and objectivity. When working photographically, she uses the medium as a method of documentation rather than self-expression and understands the value of a photograph to be in the thing photographed and not the photograph itself or the photographer who took it. She strives to photograph anything and everything. O.D.D also works with collage to recreate pornographic imagery with the intention of disturbing normal habits of thought relating to male violence against women.

I use photography as a tool for documentation and somewhat obsessively record my surroundings. I like to capture moments of humour or abnormality and having a camera always in hand (or pocket) facilitates this.

I think what demands/deserves attention in a photograph is the thing photographed. Since this is largely out of the photographer’s control their role shouldn’t be overstated. I hope to remain objective and level headed to avoid the inflated sense of self so common in the male-dominated photographic practise. I also aim to remain aware of the cultural/experiential bubbles I exist in. My photographs are not universal insights into life but rather images of a very specific and privileged existence.

Most recently I have been creating collages recreating thumbnails of videos on pornhub.com in order to draw attention to the violent and misogynistic traits of mainstream pornography. I also question what effect this may have on the real life sexual practises of people behind closed doors. This especially pertinent for my generation, being the first to have grown up with limitless access to hardcore pornographic content.

Contact
O’DONNELL DOWNING
Born 1999. Hackney, London
odonnelldowning.com
odonnelldowning@gmail.com


Education
2019-2022 (ongoing)
Glasgow School Of Art: Ba(Hons) Fine Art: Photography
2018/19
Leeds Arts University: Level 3 Art And Design Foundation Diploma (with distinction)


Group exhibitions
2019
Leeds Arts University Foundation Diploma Show, Vernon Street, Leeds
2020
Focal Points, WASPS Artist Studios, Glasgow
2021
Moving Parts, online exhibition: year3fap.cargo.site/O-Donnell-Downing
2022
Interim, 16 Nicholson Street, Glasgow


Two-person exhibitions
2021
Do not come to this exhibition, West Princes Street, Glasgow: donotcometothisexhibition.cargo.site


Press/Publications
2020
LAU prospectus 2021, work featured