In 'Still Here', British photographer Lydia Goldblatt expores issues of identity, mortality and the fragility of human life, through a moving visual account of her father's approaching death.
Time, love and life are inextricably linked in Goldblatt's work, providing a theraputic expression and an exceptance of the inevitable changes her father's departure would bring.
Through documenting her own family, Goldblatt allows the viewer to contemplate the nature of love and life; of constantly evolving time and the transition of human behaviour.
"In making work about a personal experience of mortality, I am exploring the cyclical scope of existence that sees nature's fingers unpick our fragile yet insistent efforts to build, construct and create."
Still Here was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Felix Nussbaum Museum in Germany, November 2012 - January 2013. The Felix Nussbaum Museum is architect Daniel Libeskind’s first building, and houses a comprehensive collection of works by German-Jewish artist Felix Nussbaum (1904-1944), as well as works by numerous international artists. Goldblatt’s series is presented within this context, entering into dialogue with these powerful creative forces through a shared engagement with themes of family, loss, mortality and the experience of humanity.
Lydia Goldblatt trained at the London College of Communications, receiving a Masters Degree in Photography with Distinction in 2006. She lives and works in London. Her work has been exhibited and published internationally, with group and solo shows in the UK, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Greece, China and Malaysia.
Her series, Still Here, is the subject of a solo exhibition at the Felix Nussbaum Museum in Germany from November 2012 – January 2013. She has also exhibited recently at Galerie Huit during the Rencontres d’Arles International Photography Festival, the Hereford Photography Festival, the Daylight Photography Awards, Prix de la Photographie and International Photography Awards.
Interviews and features of her work have been published in Photomonitor, Hotshoe, British Journal of Photography, PLUK, the Guardian, Sunday Times, Telegraph, and Wallpaper*, among others.
In 2010 she was nominated for the Sovereign European Art Prize, and in 2011 was awarded the Fundacion Botin Residency Award with Paul Graham. In 2012 Goldblatt was the recipient of the Magenta Flash Forward Award, the International Jewish Artist of the Year award and nominated by Anne Braybon for the Vic Odden Award, recognising significant achievement by a young British photographer.
The featured photographer for January 2013 was Lydia Goldblatt