Photographer Nii Obodai on location in the East Riding of Yorkshire
In his commission for Surroundings, photographer Nii Obodai is investigating themes of climate change and landscape in the East Riding region. His new body of work questions the extremes to which we have pushed our environment.
In his initial research trip back in October – December 2018, Obodai spent time exploring the East Riding area, he was taken in particular by the waterways that connect this extensive region – its reservoirs, rivers, streams, canals and the sea and these have subsequently become the main focus of his work. In particular the Gypsey Race, Spurn Point, Tophill Low and Pocklington Canal.
Water has spiritual significance for many people. It is the giver of life, yet human actions have affected water supplies to such an extent that communities have been displaced and biodiversity dramatically altered.
Whist in residence Obodai has been using a 8 x 10 large format deardorff camera, as is interested in slowing down the process of photography and connecting with the landscape and waterways that he is capturing. His exhibition, which will include photography, sound and installation will be accompanied by a series of events.
Surroundings is produced by the Humber Museums Partnership (HMP), Hull, East Riding and North Lincolnshire in partnership with Invisible Dust.
Launched in 2017 – the year of Hull City of Culture – the programme includes international public art commissions with an environmental theme, a young curator’s project, residencies and exhibitions. Each year has a different but interrelating theme – Food, Migration and Landscape respectively. It is funded by Arts Council England through Ambitions for Excellence and Wellcome Trust Sustaining Excellence.