Continuing our closer look at the recent Metro Mentorship winners we talk to Martina Lindqvist , RCA MA Metro Mentorship Winner 2015.
Firstly congratulations on winning this year’s RCA MA Metro award – can you explain what it means to you to have won?
Thank you, I’m very happy to have won the Metro Award! Previous winners of the award have all been very strong, so I feel honoured to be selected. The work that I exhibited in my graduation show is quite different to my previous work, and I pushed the installation more than I normally do, so it is very rewarding to receive some validation for the choices that I made.
With an established career already, including a couple of solo exhibitions what are you looking forward to learning or hoping to gain from the experts here at Metro during your 12 month mentoring programme?
I am hoping to push both my practice and my career during my time under Metro’s guidance, and I really appreciate both the practical and career-oriented aspects of the mentorship. The facilities at Metro seem amazing, so I am really excited to learn more about the production side of things, and to experiment with new ways of making work in such a highly skilled environment.
What sparked your initial interest in photography and where does your current photographic interest and inspiration lie?
I started being interested in photography as a teenager, but I’m not sure exactly what it was that drew me towards taking pictures. I also enjoyed drawing at some point, but I think that I preferred the speed of photography as it was more suited to my personality. In a broad sense much of my work explores the tension between the world as it is and our perceived reality, and throughout my practice I have attempted to use photography in a way that questions our relationship to memory, place, and the notion of belonging. The themes I am interested in have shifted during my MA, and my new work is still concerned with perception, but can be contextualised as a contemporary Gothic approach to domesticity, with special focus on the role of women.
Do you have any interesting current projects or upcoming exhibitions you’d like to share with us?
At the moment I want to continue working on what I started during my time at the RCA. I want to explore the non-photographic aspect of my work, and also the various printing options available at Metro.
What are your ultimate photography/career goals?
I prefer not to say what my ultimate goals are as I don’t want to jinx them, but it would be great to be able to work as a full-time artist at some point.