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Gabriel Kenny-Ryder

MA work

A Collection of Portraits

This final project is a display of three portrait installations, exploring the power and materiality of portraiture and the photographic image in the modern technological era.

The portraits are 1:1 scale and use the time-intensive and performative Wet Plate Collodion technique to create photographic 'imprints' of the subjects on semi-transparent bronze glass, which lie somewhere between positive and negative images. The installation walls create spaces for direct confrontation with the sitters. The viewer is caught in the middle of a conversation in 'Double Portrait', is surrounded by uncanny repetition in 'Three-Part Portrait', or trapped inside the sitter's head in 'Two-Part Portrait'.

These installations provide a relational environment to interrogate the nature of the image and the histories that photographs can hide or create.


  • MA Degree


    School of Arts & Humanities


    MA Contemporary Art Practice, 2018



  • Gabriel Kenny-Ryder is a London-based visual artist. He uses a range of complex, tactile photographic processes to cross-examine visual representation and the genre of portraiture, exploring photography-as-performance and the relationship between art and spectator. Gabriel uses these methods to create unique photographic 'objects', often as part of installations or environmental works. These pieces allow the viewer to interact with his work on a more physical and conceptual level than more traditional methods of display.

  • Degrees

  • MA Economics, University of Edinburgh, 2015
  • Exhibitions

  • Cooked and Raw, Liverpool Independents Biennial 2018; RCA Degree Show, London 2018; Anterior Futures, DD&A, London 2018; States of Public, FACT, Liverpool 2018; Becoming, Dyson Gallery, London 2017; WIP Show, Royal College of Art, London 2017