Moving images of family chosen for leading national exhibition

A Fine Art student from Nottingham Trent University will join the roll of celebrated artists, such as Damien Hirst and David Hockney, chosen to exhibit as part of Bloomberg New Contemporaries.

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A still shot of work by Dinah Berger

A Fine Art student from Nottingham Trent University will join the roll of celebrated artists, such as Damien Hirst and David Hockney, chosen to exhibit as part of Bloomberg New Contemporaries.

New Contemporaries, celebrating its 65th anniversary, is the leading organisation for supporting the finest emerging art practice in the UK. This year, judges selected 55 of the most promising artists to exhibit in its 2014 touring show.

Dinah Berger, 23, who has just completed her Fine Art degree at Nottingham Trent University, is one of the artists chosen by Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Enrico David and Goshka Macuga out of the 1,400 submissions they received from UK art schools.

Her moving image work is autobiographical and the two pieces chosen to be included in the exhibition, out of three she submitted, are a 16mm film of her six-year-old son and another of her father. Dinah said her work stems from an interest in, and long family history relating to, surveillance and voyeurism.

"I use my family as a vehicle to explore critical concerns around human behaviours," she said.

Dinah, originally from East London but now living in Sherwood, Nottingham, said: "My family think my work's mad – they just think it's quite funny that I film them all the time!"

This year's show will launch at World Museum, Liverpool from 20 September to 26 October 2014 before touring to ICA, London from 26 November 2014 to 25 January 2015.

Dinah said: "My family are from London so they're looking forward to seeing my work at the ICA. I'm really excited. The World Museum is such a beautiful building as well so to have my work on show there is an incredible opportunity."

She is planning on staying in Nottingham after graduation. "I want to carry on making work and submitting to galleries. I'm also really interested in community work. As a young parent I would like to run workshops for young mums and dads with a creative theme.

"I want to stay in Nottingham for at least a couple of years until my son finishes the next stage of primary school. I think that, outside London, Nottingham is one of the best places to be for artists because there are art studios at really reasonable rates and there is such a huge community of artists. It’s much cheaper to live here than London and there’s a buzz about it – there are always shows on and opportunities."

Sean Cummins, Fine Art course leader at Nottingham Trent University, said: "The New Contemporaries has a tradition of being a launch-pad for emerging artists. The Fine Art Team at Nottingham Trent University are delighted that Dinah has been accepted into this important showcase for graduating art students. The New Contemporaries is very competitive and Dinah's success reflects the level at which our Fine Art graduates are performing. The city of Nottingham has a superb art scene for young artists like Dinah to thrive within and we look forward to seeing what she gets up to next!"

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Moving images of family chosen for leading national exhibition

Published on 12 June 2014
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