Artist Oli Kellet in conversation with Camilla Brown

Oli Kellett, ‘Cross Road Blues (Alaskan Way, Seattle)’, 2017. © Oli Kellett Courtesy HackelBury Fine Art

Join artist Oli Kellet in conversation with academic, writer and curator Camilla Brown as they explore Kellett’s practice, aesthetic and influences and discuss the evolution of the artist’s latest body of work

HackelBury Fine Art presented works by Oli Kellett at Photo London Digital.

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Oli Kellett (1983) is a British artist who began his latest series in the run-up to the 2016 American Election, exploring our relationship with the crossroad and how people navigate their lives. These large-scale colour photographs, often taken from an elevated position, focus on solitary individuals waiting pensively at urban intersections. Standing literally and metaphorically at a crossroad, these images offer a perspective on America’s uncertain political future. Kellett’s series developed over time to include images from countries like Japan, Brazil, and Mexico, and so its scope became more universal in its relevance. ‘Fellow Humans’, Kellett’s second solo show with HackelBury Fine Art in London, foregrounds the existential and moral quandaries we all face daily, and which are dramatized in the artist’s large-scale prints. In 2018 he was awarded both the Royal Academy Arts Club Award and the Royal Academy Rose Award for Photography for his work exhibited at the 2018 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. www.olikellett.com

Camilla Brown is a curator, writer and educator on contemporary art, specialising in photography. For ten years she was Senior curator at The Photographers’ Gallery, London previously she was Exhibitions Curator at Tate Liverpool. She works at both the University of Derby, where she teaches on the MA photography and film and at Middlesex University as Senior Lecturer Creative Industries. Her writing on contemporary photography is regularly published in books and magazines. For the past few years she has been Associate Curator at Grain Photography Hub. She is on the steering group for the Format Photography Festival.  Examples of her work appear on her website at www.camillaebrown.co.uk