Artist Statement

Eliza Bourner is a British photographer living and working in London. 

Exploring the mundane, my work plays with the tension that lies between comfort and restriction. Driven by a contemporary fixation of productivity, the ordinary is less and less desirable in western society; where if you work hard enough you can seemingly achieve anything. As our material circumstances become easier, with greater comforts and possessions, life seems to get harder. 

Imbued with nostalgia and a cinematic feel, I create a world evoking feelings of emptiness and alienation in this ‘age of anxiety’. Using objects, ephemera and self-portraiture in my photographs, I aim to convey the struggle to stay present and content in a postmodern culture filled with passive entertainment and empty distractions of materialism.


Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 / 'HOME' EXHIBITION @ GALLERY AT HOME - USK 

 2019 / JULIA MARGARET CAMERON 13th GALA AWARDS @ VALID FOTO - BARCELONA

 2019 / ESPY PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS @ ELYSIUM GALLERY - SWANSEA

 2019 / HOT TRAMPZ @ THE VICTORIA - DALSTON

 2019 / EVERYTHING I EVER LEARNT @ CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY

 2019 / FASHIONED WORLDS @ OXO TOWER WHARF - LONDON

 2019 / BEYOND FASHION @ ARTISTREE - HONG KONG 

 2018 / PAPYRUS @ UAL - LONDON 

 2018 / WINDOWS AND MIRRORS @ NOIASCAPE - LONDON 

 2015 / PINGYAO INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL @ PINGYAO - CHINA

 2015 / THAT’S WHAT I WANT @ HOXTON GALLERY - LONDON 

 2014 / EVERYTHING BUT THE KITCHEN SINK @ FALMOUTH - UK


Awards and Honorable Mentions

2021 / LIFE FRAMER open call shortlist

2021 / Prix Levallois shortlist

2021 / HOME '21 LensCulture Photography Awards, Series Finalist

2021 / LensCulture Art Photography Awards, Finalist

2019 / Magenta Flash Forward, Top 100 Emerging Photographers 2019, Awardee

2019 / 13th Julia Margaret Cameron Fine Art, Honorable Mention Awardee

2019 / ESPY 4th Photography Awards, Finalist


Selected Reviews and Publications

2021 / L'OEIL DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE

2021 / KALTBLUT MAGAZINE

2021 / 'CULTURAL MALAISE' AESTHETICA MAGAZINE

2021 / VOGUE ITALIA

2021 / DER GRIEF GUESTROOM

2019 / DER GREIF GUESTROOM

2019 / HOT TRAMPZ ZINE

2018 / IMIRAGE MAGAZINE 

 2017 / FOTOROOM 

 2017 / GURLS TALK 

 2016 / SOME MAGAZINE 

Education

2017 - 2019 @ University of the Arts London, MA Photography, London UK

2012 - 2015 @ Falmouth University, BA Fashion Photography, Falmouth UK

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