Alexandra Hughes

Alexandra Hughes is an artist with an exhibition-based practice that brings the photographic image together with sculptural material, performative gesture and painting.

Hughes describes her processes as ‘wilding’; material-led, tactile, instinctual, disruptive and intimate. Hughes deliberately complicates the image, creating installations that destabilise and re-create worlds: examining the boundaries of representation, environment, material and imagination.

There is a focus Hughes’ work to reframe experiences of environments, seeking to challenge the binary of an environment ‘out there’ and a human subject ‘in here’. Fluidity is a specific felt quality that informs and describes Hughes’ practice which draws out and defines notions of environment as a process understood through the expression of immersive experiences, multiple perspectives and as a self-reflective journey that is visceral, haptic, ambiguous and open to change.

Alexandra Hughes has achieved exhibitions and projects internationally, including No Trace Without Resistance – Celebrating Sally Madge, Star and Shadow Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne (2021), Havedrømme, DetVoksende Værksted, Aarhus, Denmark (2021), Bridging The Distance, Four Corners Gallery, London (2021), Sticky Together, Jakob Kroon Galeri, Worthing (2019), Artists in the Field, Royal Geographical Society, London (2019), Liquid Land, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge (2018), Materiality, Gymnasium Gallery, Berwick upon Tweed (2017), Polyspace, The NewBridge Project, Newcastle upon Tyne (2016), ROTOR, The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester (2010), freshfacedandwildeyed09, The Photographers’ Gallery, London (2009).

Hughes curated cross-disciplinary exhibition and performative symposium Assembly, Baltic 39, Newcastle upon Tyne (2018).

Hughes recently delivered a talk and workshop within The Feminist School of Painting, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2022). Past public talks include, Talking Photography: Reality Check, Birkbeck University, London (2017), Practicing the Anthropocene, Scottish National Galleries, Modern One, Edinburgh (2016), Artist in Conversation with Karen McQuaid (Curator,The Photographers’ Gallery), Siobhan Davies Studio, London (2010).

Alongside her practice, Hughes is a lecturer and academic. Hughes received PhD at Northumbria University (2019); her practice-based research titled, Wilding Photographs: Exploring the Turbulent and Affective Qualities of the Material Phenomenon of Photography. Hughes completed her MFA at The Slade School of Fine Art (2008).