Sea: the Remains Between, behind the scenes image
Subjects have been photographed submerged in water at various locations throughout the region. Picture: Invisible Dust.

People from Hull pictured under water in new Ferens exhibition

A new photography exhibition featuring people from Hull submerged in water is to go on display at Ferens Art Gallery this weekend.

Sea; the Remains Between is the latest in an award-winning series of work from visual artist and filmmaker Estabrak.

The photographs feature people from diverse communities in Hull portrayed submerged in water. They were taken in natural and man-made bodies of water in the region.

Estabrak said: “Photographing individuals through this lens not only visualises environmental impacts on our bodies, but also helps represent our own impacts on our environments and each other.

“It also highlights social traditions and behaviours that usually go unnoticed and realities people may not openly talk about in public.”

The installation, exhibited in the Ferens Centre Court, highlights the impact of humans on the world’s waters.

It was informed by research into contamination caused by pharmaceuticals, plastics and other toxic chemicals, led by Jeanette Rotchell, professor of aquatic toxicology at the University of Hull.

Estabrak learned about East Yorkshire’s people and places while exploring regional waterways in search of suitable locations.

Kirsten Simister, curator of art at Ferens Art Gallery, said: “I’m delighted the Ferens is exhibiting this important new commission by Estabrak. Her thought-provoking underwater photographs have been made in many parts of the world but this exciting project, in partnership with Invisible Dust, features local people and places.

“The work includes the stories of people whose voices are not always heard, using art as a way to explore wider social and environmental concerns.”

The exhibition is on display from Saturday 16 November to Sunday 23 February.

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