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A new photography exhibit was launched at Wrexham Glyndwr University this week.

The exhibition in Oriel Sycharth Gallery, called Tales, Travel and Tolerance, brings together three contemporary artist photographers; Karolina Skorek, Chris Clunn and Jack Scott, to reflect and celebrate the diversity and potential within photography that exists today.

Jack’s large photographic installation Tolerance is the culmination of a series of images that address the religious persecution suffered by Muslim women in the Western world. 

Jack, 21, from Wrexham, pictured right, said: “This project was developed from discussions with the model, and it is intended to depict her personal experiences of abuse and harassment that have unfortunately become part of routine life for Muslim women, living in the United Kingdom.”

The young snapper has recently completed his BA degree in Film and Photography, at Wrexham Glyndwr University, and aims to start a Masters in Photography in September.

He added: “The work I’m showing at the exhibition was my final piece for my university dissertation and my tutor Mark McKenna said I should put this work forward for the show.”

Jack is a conceptual photographer whose work concentrates upon pairing powerful and dynamic aesthetics, with the communicative power of photography, emphasising message and meaning throughout.

The free exhibit at Oriel Sycharth Gallery, Wrexham Glyndwr University, was launched on Tuesday and will be open for everyone to visit until June 27.

Photographer Karolina will show both the Golden Goddess and Heathland works from a series she calls Tales. Born in Poland, these tales are a mixture of history, and mythology, hugely influenced by her Slavic cultural background, and personal belief system. 

Karolina, who now lives in Connah’s Quay, pictured above with her work, said: “Everything had purpose and meaning. All of those stories had strong female characters in them; wise women who knew how to heal with herbs and energy, goddesses, fairies, spirits and many more. Everything was in perfect balance.”

Karolina shot her images of Lauren Jones, also from Connah’s Quay, in Llyn Brenig woods, near Denbigh.

She graduated in glass design in Poland and after moving to Wales she graduated from Wrexham Glynd┼Ár University with a Masters in Illustration. Karolina is now working as a freelance photographer and illustrator and aims to study a PGCE teaching course at Wrexham Glyndwr University this September.

The exhibits third photographer Chris Clunn is showing a selection of photographs from his travel series Herne Bay to Mandalay.

Chris, who started out as a music photographer in the 1980s, has travelled extensively, capturing the world around him through photographs.

His work speaks of an eye that is drawn to traditional ways of life that survive in a contemporary culture that tends towards the transient and the disposable.

For more information on the exhibition or on Oriel Sycharth Gallery visit http://www.glyndwr.ac.uk/OrielSycharthGallery/

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