Approved: 13.09.2021

Anna Sellen

Artist, Film-maker, Project manager, Researcher, Teacher

Approved: 13.09.2021

Anna Sellen is a photographer who focusses her lens on people and places undergoing transition and change. Originally from the Far-Eastern Russia, Anna currently lives and works between the West Coast of Wales and Cambridge. Her work responds to such diverse subjects as the physical environment, identity and memory. Transition remains the common thread that embraces this diversity within her work. Anna’s approach is multi-media and often involves sound, text, moving and still images.

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Artist Statement

Anna Sellen is a photographer who focusses her lens on people and places undergoing transition and change. Originally from the Far-Eastern Russia, Anna currently lives and works between the West Coast of Wales and Cambridge. Her work responds to such diverse subjects as the physical environment, identity and memory. Transition remains the common thread that embraces this diversity within her work. Anna’s approach is multi-media and often involves sound, text, moving and still images.

Her most recent work ‘Lest it should fade’ is a visual and sound reflection on the decline of the bees and their habitats worldwide. This is part of INK collective work exhibited at Diffusion festival 2021. As artist-in-residence at the Kelvedon Hatch Cold War Bunker (2020-2021), Anna uses her family’s and the bunker’s archives to explore personal and collective memories of the Cold War. Her work “Bunker Diaries” won the Shutter Hub Portfolio Award at FORMAT 2021.

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Anna Sellen

 

Photographer, visual artist, researcher and trainer

[email protected]  |  07989854787      

www.annanas.co.uk |  IG: annasellenphotography

 

 

Biography

Anna Sellen is a photographer and multi-disciplinary artist currently living and working in the West Coast of Wales.

She works across photography, video, sound and text to tell stories about transitions that people and places undergo. Her projects often start autobiographically and evolve through extensive research. Transition remains the common thread that embraces the diversity of themes within her work, from the changes in the natural environment to the shifting identities, belonging and memory.

Her latest work ‘Lest it should fade’ is a visual and sound reflection on the decline of the bees and their habitats worldwide. This work is part of ‘Bees (and other species)’ INK collective project that was exhibited at Wales’ International Photography Festival Diffusion 2021. As artist-in-residence at the Kelvedon Hatch Cold War Bunker (2020-2021), Anna uses her family’s and the bunker’s archives to explore personal and collective memories of the Cold War. Her work ‘Ground Zero’ and ‘Bunker Diaries’ won the Shutter Hub Portfolio Award at FORMAT 2021.

Anna’s practice embraces independent and collaborative working. She is a founding member of INK collective of 6 photographers based across the UK.  

Anna’s unique skillset combines analogue and digital photography with research, community development, engagement and training. She is a skilled workshop facilitator with over 15 years of experience of working in community development. This includes delivering photography and filmmaking workshops to young people and adults in community settings, running participatory action projects and working with community projects and charities to evaluate their successes and learning. Throughout her diverse career, Anna has learned to work sensitively and ethically and to embrace diversity and difference. For more information visit https://www.linkedin.com/in/anna-sellen-a4303729/. 

 

 

Exhibitions

2021-22           Winter group show, Cardiff MADE gallery, Cardiff, Wales  

2021               Bees (and Other Species), with INK Collective, Diffusion 2021 International Photography Festival, Cardiff, Wales

2021               Shutter Hub 2021 Yearbook, online exhibition

2021               SALON21 (group show), Photofusion UK, London

2020               Photograd online gallery (group show), UK

 

 

Awards

2021               Shutter Hub Portfolio Award, FORMAT21 International Photography Festival, UK

2021                Scholarship award, StrudelMediaLive and Reflektor, Germany

 

Publications

2021               Shutter Hub 2021 Yearbook, printed edition

2021                Bees (and other species), exhibition zine, with INK Collective

2019                Transitions, print-on-demand photobook

2018                Breakdown, print-on-demand photobook

2017                Longitude 0, print-on-demand photobook

2016                CB1, print-on-demand photobook

 

 

Collections

 

2020                Cold War Museum, the Kelvedon Hatch nuclear bunker, UK

 

 

Residencies and professional development programmes

 

2021                Lightbox Online professional development programme for photographers,

RedEye Photography Network 

2020 - 2021                Artist in Residence, the Kelvedon Hatch nuclear bunker, Brentwood, UK

 

    

Education history

University for the Creative Arts / Open College of the Arts, BA (Photography), 2022

London Academy of Media, Film and TV, Film Making (Diploma), 2014

Met Film School, Ealing Studios, Filmmaking, 2014.