Clement CooperArtist, Curator, Publisher, Community worker
Clement Cooper is a professional creative based in Manchester. He approaches photography as a cohesive whole, from taking and then printing the photographic image; curating his own exhibitions; facilitating inclusion workshops; archiving; musical composition; DVD authoring; publication design including marketing the completed project. He lectures extensively and works in close collaboration with his subjects, taking considerable time to develop relationships. In recent years soundtrack has played a crucial role in the final monograph and exhibition presentation. Stunning use of deep chiaroscuro combined with texture, tonal sensuality and an eye for accumulating detail are characteristic of his personal vision. His publications: PRESENCE, DEEP & PRIMARY have all received critical acclaim and his shows have toured throughout the UK as well as internationally. He has for the last 12 years been working on a major book project involving British born practicing young Muslims. The first part of this work, SISTERS was displayed and published in 2005. Soon after, Cooper began travelling to cities and towns across the UK producing portraits and audio recordings for BROTHERS which is due to be published and displayed. To date, Cooper has remained faithful to his original intentions by committing his time and energy in developing his personal vision through direct application rather than choosing to operate within the precious confines of false academia. More importantly, by using his photography as a powerful tool to explore and then present issues others in society think too problematic to address, Cooper has helped create a better atmosphere for inclusion and tolerance. His beautifully poignant and haunting photographs celebrate the multi-cultural and religious diversity of the UK, and speak about wider issues in contemporary urban experience. Cooper's continued experimentation with Apple video and audio computer editing software programmes combined with traditional methods of producing silver-gelatin photographic prints to create Docu-movies, has opened up a wealth of exciting communication possibilities via the internet and Blu-Ray DVD. Use of large format cameras and the exploration of the Platinum & Palladium printing process linked to a personal interest in social and political issues, has enabled Cooper to create photographs with a greater degree of certainty in the mediums ability to transcend false social constructs of race, sense of belonging and identity. http://www.bbc.co.uk/manchester/content/articles/2007/06/18/pics_mancs_north_video_feature.shtml read full statement
Public Funded Commissions & Curated Exhibitions:
1983/16. BROTHERS. Works commissioned by: Private donations; The Islamic Youth Foundation and KD's Boys Grammar School, Manchester. Research and updating of PRESENCE archive.
2004. SISTERS A Celebration of British Female Muslim Identity. Private donations. Commissioned by: Gallery Lancashire, Lancashire.
1999. Awarded Arts Council Publication Grant for PRIMARY publication.
1989/99. Commissioned by: The Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham to produce exhibition entitled PRIMARY.
1995. Awarded Princes' Youth Business Trust.
1993/97. Commissioned by: Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool; Viewpoint Gallery, Salford; Ffotogallery, Cardiff; Arts Council, Manchester to begin work on project entitled DEEP People of mixed-race. Photographers' Gallery Bursary. Travelled to and lived in Jamaica for six months. Researched the Cooper family history and connection to the transatlantic slave trade.
1989/92. Sun Life Photography Award. Awarded Arts Council Publication Grant, North West Arts Board. Research & Development Grants to enhance new darkroom, film developing, print processing and medium format camera skills.
1983/12. Commissioned by the Documentary Photographic Archive, Manchester to photograph and record aspects of life within the African-Caribbean communities of Moss Side, Rusholme, Hulme & Longsight, Manchester. Produced exhibition and publication entitled PRESENCE.
Produced and Curated Exhibitions:
Manchester City Council. Photographer in Residence. International Youth Festival, Russia. Exhibitions. Group & Solo. SISTERS A Celebration of British Female Muslim Identity toured: Germany, Goettingen, University Library; Germany, Feiberg, University Gallery; Russia, St Petersberg, St Peter And Paul Fortress; Saudia Arabia, Riyadh, King Fahd Cultural Centre; Bahrain, Manama, Beit Al Qur'an; Malaysia, Terrengganu, Terengganu State Museum; Malaysia, Johor Bahru, Johor Art Gallery; Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, National Art Gallery; Bangladesh, Dhaka, Shilpakala Academy; Indonesia, Jakarta, National Art Gallery; Indonesia, South Sulawesi, Makassar, Mandala Monument; Indonesia, Java, Yogyakarta, Art Centre Taman Budaya; Gallery Lancashire, Lancashire; Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham; Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, Suffolk; Pierce Hall Gallery, Halifax; McManus Galleries, Dundee; West Midlands Art Centre; Birmingham Art Gallery, Birmingham; Gallery of Mississauga & Blackwood Gallery, Mississauga (movie); Visions in the Nunnery, Bow Arts Trust, London, (movie); CAN2007; Leicester International Short Film Festival (movie) 1998/02. PRIMARY The Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Queen Street Gallery, Derby; Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds; The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Festival of Light, Braga. Portugal; The Side Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne; Antenna Studio, Boweyers Yard, Haynes Lane, London (movie) 1996/07. DEEP. Ffotogallery, Cardiff; The Portfolio Gallery, Edinburgh; Viewpoint Gallery, Salford; The 198 Gallery, Brixton; The Drum Arts Centre, Birmingham; 1V Rescontres de la photographie Africaine. Bamako. Mali; Act Art5, The Arches. Southwark Street, London (movie). 1989 - 2002. PRESENCE. Counter Image, Manchester; Cornerhouse, Manchester; Metro Cinema, Derby; Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal; The Photographers' Gallery, London; The Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool; Pendle Photographic Gallery, Lancashire.
Ducie High School, Manchester; St Cuthburt's Primary School, Cardiff; Manchester University, Manchester; Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds; University of Sundertland; Middlesbourogh University; Heald Place Primary School, Rusholme; Rolls Cresent Primary School, Hulme; Deepdale Primary School, Lancashire; University of Stafford, Greater Manchester; London College of Printing; Dewsbury College, Dewsbury; University of Harrow, London; Fielden Park College, Manchester; Columbia University, America; University of South Wales, Wales; Newport University, Wales; Gallery Lancashire; Stockport College, Cheshire; Edinburgh University, Scotland; Allerton Grange High School; Blackpool & Flyde College; Grange School, Oldham; Nelson Mandela Primary, Birmingham; Ladywood Primary School, Birmingham; NACRO; Bellemoore Secondary School, Southampton; Southampton College; St Mary The Virgin Primary School, Cardiff; St Mary's Primary School, Southampton; Cantell Secondary School, Southampton; Leicester College, Leicester; New Park Primary School, Liverpool; EMTAS, Liverpool City Council; Refugee & Asylum Seekers Week 09; Big Wood School, Nottingham; Manchester University, Manchester.
Projects: 2013, 14 & 16:
Research, revision and continued archiving of PRESENCE materials at the Documentary Photographic Archive.
Research & development of 10" x 8" large format film processing and archival fibre-based print production.