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Victoria Fornieles

MA work

Tussle and Hand Held Study

‘Tussle’ is comprised of found imagery of female boxers in action and the empty spaces this happen in in anticipation of the fight. In the darkroom Fornieles mimics the poses of the women depicted , reclaiming the gaze, reclaiming the body. Replication of the boxers stances and actions, holding, pushing, fighting with the paper and the projected figures, spilling in a heap on the floor.The body combines with the photographic process demanding an altered perception of the figure in action.

The ‘Hand Held Study’ series, are works made using photographs of Grecian statues of mythical goddess’ that are exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum in New York. These works are a monument of the body. Paper merges with skin, figures blend across centuries, realities and mediums. This creates a visual embodiment that bridges technologies, the body, and expression of self that spans centuries and continents folding the past into a future potential. As these prints are created the paper is held in the hand, to the face in a cherishing act.


  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Photography, 2017

  • Victoria Fornieles’ interest lies in the deep rooted relationship between human experience and cultural landscapes. Fornieles investigate how representations of the female body within landscape can affect the way in which we culturally understand gender, identity and geography. She uses her body as a tool, a camera and a mark making device. There is an interest in the apparent indexicality of truth, memory and space perception which delimit restrictions within the photographic medium, whilst highlighting cultural perceptions of space and beauty in art and life.

    By combining camera based and camera-less techniques in the darkroom Fornieles work sets out to subtly subvert the indexical characteristics of photography. She explore the relationship between projected boundaries, limits of perception, photography, performance and the body. There is a playful, physical, performative reflection of the subject matter in the darkroom process. The photographic paper gets held to her body in various poses leaving echos of physical traces, bodily excretions, hair and fingerprints merging subject matter, action and photographic form.

  • Degrees

  • BA, University College for the Creative Arts, 2009; School of the Damned, 2016
  • Awards

  • School of Visual Arts Residency, 2016