'Common Grounds' Exhibition by MA/MFA Students El Dana, Nderi, and Pandolfo


In a seemingly contrasting amalgam of works, three artists from Paris College of Art find a Common Ground. The artists, currently working towards a Master of Fine Arts in Photography & Image-making, are Lucas Pandolfo, Carole El Dana and Louis Nderi.

In a climate of global political tensions, Pandolfo reflects on personal moments that offer something sincerer about the relationship between photographer, subject and camera – the “subject and the machine” as he describes it.

According to Dana, her series “Refugia” captures the everyday lives and environment of refugees from Sudan and Afghanistan living in Paris and brings to the attention of the viewer a sense of urgency while her series “Gilets Jaunes” seizes significant moments from the protests that have been occurring in Paris, France since November 2018.

Nderi’s work in contrast brings attention to the body where movement through Krump, a style of street dance, takes centre stage. With the energy of Krump as the focus, a language is pushed forth for the viewer to interpret, almost as if the movement itself is Morse code. Both the dancer and the viewer participate in an exchange of energy and the deciphering of this body language.

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