"My work is about cultural diversity a dynamic collision of cultures and colours, tensions and moments of unexpected beauty." - Zadoc Nava
Internationally acclaimed photographer-filmmaker Zadoc Nava’s work explores the politics of identity, displacing the viewer in both the urban crowd and within desolate landscapes.
Through the scrutiny of Nava's lens we are invited to be distant observers of often highly intense moments. Finding within the routines of daily life, action and movement of an unreal nature. In Nava’s prints we walk the streets with him, people between people. Whether within the crowds of New York or Tehran, his humanistic portraits provide a glimpse into the communal flows of daily life, suggesting a momentary togetherness.
With his unique observations, Nava captures a look or a light, portraying places, people, languages and cultures, interweaving the ordinary with the extraordinary.
Capturing authentic moments, the images of Zadoc Nava possess a deliberate, theatrical quality suggestive of a series of neo-realist film stills. Ordinary street scenes, the action of Olympics athletes, the individual within the crowd - each narrative becomes a threshold for us to connect to one another.
Starting out as a director for major broadcasters including the BBC and C4, Zadoc Nava (born 1964, London) has won numerous awards for his independently produced short films, gaining recognition in the mid-nineties for Big Fish, a film about his father, the artist José Nava. A senior lecturer at University of the Arts London and University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, Zadoc Nava's acclaimed photographic series have been exhibited widely, including at the V&A, Tate Britain, Rencontres d'Arles, France and Bursa International Fotofest, Turkey. Recently
he was invited to exhibit his art photography pieces at the Iran Art Biennale in Tehran and the Abadan Art Museum.
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