Meet the artists - Nikki Culley by Unio Collective

Photographer and artist Nikki Culley presents her project Things Outlast Us. She details the discovery of a rich family archive of collected objects after buying old postcards in a junk shop and getting to know two people she never met through the memories attached to things.

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Meet the artists - Mark Epstein by Unio Collective

A Hungarian Rhapsody presents an intimate portrait of two real lives. Through an interweaving of pictures, texts and spoken word, the story of György and Ágnes Lengyel is one of rich cultural lives forever peeping under and over the Iron Curtain that Communist Hungary placed around its citizens.

This love story starts in 1960s Budapest in Hungary’s only foreign-language bookshop when the young theatre director George first saw the linguistically-gifted Ági. These two lives sparkle with curiosity, enquiry and integrity in a political context when such values could be damaging. But from that first moment in the bookshop, via the number 5 bus stop on Wesselényi utca to present-day politicized Hungary, love will not be confined behind a curtain.

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Meet the artists - Azzymah Zain by Unio Collective

FREEDOM

Freedom in the vastness of nature is something I have yearned for since I was young. It’s something that can be hard to achieve when you live in Singapore. After living in the UK for almost 10 years, I discovered freedom in many different ways; in artistic freedom, the ‘right to roam’ and freedom of speech.

We live in a world where 1% of the population owns 99% of the wealth. The legal protection of the right to roam means this could never happen to the land, allowing it to remain open to everyone. Scotland offers the right to experience freedom in the wilderness as there are few restrictions to accessing private land. As I grew up in a strict urban jungle, this is a wonderful joy for me.

I first visited the Cairngorms in winter, and this arctic plateau was a completely foreign world. I found it vast and expansive, featureless, and quite a contrast to being down in the glen, with the brutal mountains towering above you.

I had to navigate carefully using contour lines, as paths were impossible to make out under the blanket of snow. The flip side is the complete freedom of the land. You create your own route, selecting a ‘natural path’ yourself. This, with the right to roam, is the definition of freedom.

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