As the recent BBC television program on the post-graduate course attests, Goldsmiths annual fine art Master’s show is an event steeped in expectation and intrigue. Renowned for the particularly conceptual work displayed for the occasions, this year’s exhibition was initiated by a private view on the 8th July and then followed by a public view which ran from the 9th to the 12th. The displayed work spanned the two main art buildings of the university’s campus and showed the range and conceptual rigour the institution is famous for.
A total of thirty-four students displayed work and amongst pieces shown included Elena Damiani’s bold sepia and monochrome photographic reproductions of architecture, as well as Birgit Deubner’s striking, hi-def images of contorted, naked bodies. Other work included Alexis Milne’s wildly jarring 'Witchfinder General' performance and Noam Enbar’s black-and-white stop frame animation '6 Offerings'. Some of the most personal and engaging work Dazed saw was product of Dave Charlesworth. Mixing film with performance, Charlesworth’s contribution presents itself as a bittersweet meditation on place and the self. "For part of my work I’ve been showing a film called Out: Works", Charlesworth told Dazed. "It consists of photographs from my Dad’s family collection circa 1975-1987. I’ve taken the images and produced a fragmented narrative of a series of journeys taken by a protagonist and his compatriot - an aging academic."
"There are also two performances which use images from the film. One called 'Allus Moving Ne’er at Rest' and the other is 'A Struggle Told in Five Ways', he continued. "In the performances, at one moment the photos might be referred to in an abstract way and at another they might be referred to personally – linking them with my experiences of the family and so on". Like his fellow students, Charlesworth seems genuinely humbled by graduating from the institution."It’s been a really good year", he enthused to Dazed. "There’s a different approach in Goldsmiths compared to the Royal Academy or Royal College, say. Goldsmiths is hugely focused on the whys and hows of the work. I think the key element of the course is the investment in subject matter and direction".