Gina Soden

Gina Soden

Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom

About Gina Soden

At the heart of my photography is a preoccupation with abandoned structures and locations. Traveling widely to undisclosed sites throughout Europe, I explore the boundaries of beauty, decay, nostalgia and neglect. The genesis of each of my pieces is often the unique architectural character of each location, heightened by their painfully slow transformation after years of abandonment.

Kate Bryan; 2012

"​Rather than taking a documentary approach, Soden breathes a sense of life into the scenes, hinting at narrative with studied compositions. Characteristically each image has a distinctly painterly aesthetic, side stepping the tendency that photography has for observational and distanced looking. Soden’s approach is lyrical and directs the viewer to explore the concepts of time and memory. The compositions feature derelict asylums, long since closed schools, ex-military compounds and famous city power stations in various stages of decay. The results are striking and poignant, at once both edgy in their contemporary aesthetic and nostalgic in their ruinous beauty.

The work is underscored by the potential controversy of gaining unlicensed access to the out of bounds areas. Every image is a product of a journey, referring both to the physical demands of gaining entry and to the passing of time which is evident in the abandoned locations. Like the Romantic poets before her, Soden offers room to reflect on more romantic notions of beauty and a sense of calmness despite collapse and structural devastation"

Education

Photography and Multimedia, Thames Valley University 2005-2007

Collections:
The Ned, London
Soho House, London, Amsterdam, New York, Barcelona
Hoxton Hotel, Paris
Groucho Club, London
Goldman Sachs, London
Century Club, London
Home House, London

Events

Forthcoming:
The Other Art Fair, London, 19-22nd March 2020
Villa Lena Art residency, Tuscany, April 2020

Awards:
Rise Art UK Artist of the Year and Photographer of the Year, February 2018
Finalist for Sky Arts Master of Photography TV competition, May 2016
Winner of The Secret Art Prize, Curious Duke Gallery, 2016
Awarded 1st prize Naylor Award for Finest Photograph, National Open Art, Oct 2014
Awarded Emerging Artist of the Year, National Open Art, October 2013
Winner of Weston Parks Fine Art Open Competition, August 2013
Photo Art Fair, April 2013 Awarded “Finest Work on Show”

Published works:
Evening Standard, May 2018
FAD Magazine, February 2018
CNN Style, July 2017
The Spaces Magazine, March 2017
CNN Style, March 2017
L’Oeil magazine, November 2016
State Magazine, October 2016
Financial Times, October 2016
Telegraph Magazine, October 2016
Leica Blog, August 2016
House & Garden article, July 2016
Aesthetica Magazine, August 2016
The Londonist, March 2016
Collect Magazine, October 2015
British Journal of Photography, April 2015
The Independent on Sunday, New Review Magazine, October 2014
Art Circus Interview, November 2013
Aesthetica Magazine, August 2013
Casa Vogue Article, April 2013
GQ Magazine, December 2012
The Independent, November 2012
London Evening Standard, November 2012
Monocle Radio Interview, November 2012
Culture Milk, October 2012
GQ Online, October 2012
Dazed and Confused, October 2012

Exhibitions

The Other Art Fair, London, 19-22nd March 2020
The Other Art Fair, London, July 2019
Archaeologies Trio Show, Charlie Smith Gallery, March 2019
Not 30%, The Other Art Fair, October 2018
Cosmoscow International Contemporary Art Fair, October 2018
Art Car Boot Fair, London, September 2018
Vault 100 exhibition, Ned Club, April 2017 –Permanent installation
Art in Ruins, Solo show, London, Blacks Club, March – May 2017
Fotofever Art Fair, Paris, November 2016
The Other Art Fair, London, Old Truman Brewery, April and October 2016
Secret Art Prize, Curious Duke Gallery, London, November 2016
Photo London, Eleven Gallery, Somerset House, London, May 2016
7 show, K35 Gallery, Moscow, February 2016
The Other Art Fair, London, Old Truman Brewery, April and October 2015
Falls The Shadow Duo Show with Natasha Kissell, Eleven Gallery, London, March 2015
Filling The Void Group Show, K35 Gallery, Moscow, February 2015
UK Young Artists Festival, Leicester, November 2014
The Other Art Fair, London, October 2014
Emergence Solo show, Eyelike Gallery, Beaconsfield, September 2014
Group show, Century Club, London, June 2014
Decadenza Solo Show, Rise Art, London, February-April 2014
National Open Art Competition, London and Chichester, October 2013
Wells Art Contemporary Exhibition, Wells, October 2013
The Other Art Fair, London, 2013
Natural Selection, The Fine Art Society Contemporary, London, July 2013
Pulse New York Art Fair, May 2013
Photo Art Fair, London, April 2013
Art13 London, The Fine Art Society Contemporary, London, February 2013
London Art Fair, The Fine Art Society Contemporary, London, January, 2013
Retrogression Solo Pop Up Show, Groucho Club, London, November, 2012
From 1820 to Now, The Fine Art Society and Bourne Fine Arts, The Space, Hong Kong, November 2012
“Things I Love” by Peter Blake, The Fine Art Society, London, July 2012
Holt Festival Art Prize, Shortlisted, July 2012
Signal 8 Exhibition, The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong, August 2011
Graduate Show, Windsor Photographic Society, May 2011
Art Smile’ Charity Exhibition, The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong, September 2010
Graduate Exhibition, Thames Valley University, June 2007