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Benjamin Westoby

MA work

An Undefinable Mass

The installation proposes the commodity as a site for interrogation by trying to understand the processes of construction that imbue images and objects with meaning. It directs our attention toward the underlying space in which the symbolic exists – contained within the image itself – and the potential subsumption of meaning that takes place alongside the emergence of signifiers through image production.


  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Photography, 2015

  • My practice aims to engage with the threshold between production and consumption – the space in which those terms disintegrate through their interchangeability. My interest lies in the inherent symbolism associated with certain images, the potential space where the symbolic can be activated and catalysed by the structures of capital, enabling them to be consumed, digestively or otherwise. I use methods associated with commercial image making as a vehicle to understand the construction of meaning, how meaning is funnelled into those things that the image refers to. I hope to disorientate and expose those images, revealing the monumental spaces that are instrumentalised and occupied by those signifying mechanisms.

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Editorial Photography, University of Brighton, Brighton, 2009
  • Exhibitions

  • Believe in Something Better, 1 Aylesford Place, London, 2014; Work In Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2014; Human ENDeavour, Crane Kalman, Brighton, 2010; Late Night Art, Quiet Gallery, London, 2010; PAUSE Degree Show, University of Brighton, Brighton, 2009; SALON, University of Brighton, Brighton, 2008