Aster Reem David

b. 1988, Pakistan.

Aster is a UK-based artist using photography and writing to draw poetic reflections on her identity and mental health informed by personal memory and life experiences. Her work draws on the fragile and often scarred aesthetics of nature that she claims relate an uncanny significance to the mental and physical scars of her own from the traumatic memories of her past. She employs a diaristic and poetic approach to her subjects and celebrates the ambiguity, imperfections, and accidents caused by the environment to her film, reflected in her images. Aster’s practice seeks to translate the mysteries and the sublime within the landscapes into an accessible visual language.


As a result of these explorations, both photography and nature continue to lend their healing elements for a personal and emotional journey to recovery and a chance to reinvent herself.


Education

2016
  BA Photography, University of Westminster, London (First Class Honours).
2014  BTEC HNC Diploma in Photography, City of Westminster College, London.
2011  Film & Darkroom Photography, Central Saint Martins, London.


Exhibitions

2018  Salt and Light: a visual dialogue on climate change, Dukes Lane, Brighton (solo).
2016  Labyrinth, Free Range Shows, Old Truman Brewery, London (group).
2014  Morph, Off The Wall, The 9th Terrace Annual, London (group).
2014  Morph, Free Range Shows, Old Truman Brewery, London (group).
2014  Morph, no barking art biennale 2014 'Material World II', Espacio Gallery, London (group).


Publications

2016 'Labyrinth' featured on WestPhoto University of Westminster (online).
2016 'Labyrinth' featured interview on The Pupil Sphere (online).
2015 'Silent Chaos' No Barking Art magazine (print).
2014 'Emma McGuire' editorial feature, No Barking Art magazine (print).
2014 'Female Photographers Now' No Barking Art magazine (print).


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