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Platform 2016 is the fifth edition of the annual region-wide project created to support new graduate artistic talent across the south east of England.

The emerging artists selected to participate graduated in 2016 from Ruskin School of Art at the University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University and Reading University. The three artists will present their work in a series of consecutive solo exhibitions hosted in Modern Art Oxford’s Project Space.

Platform was devised in 2012 in collaboration with the Contemporary Visual Arts Network South East (CVAN) and is a partnership between five galleries; Aspex Gallery in Portsmouth, De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill, MK Gallery in Milton Keynes, Turner Contemporary in Margate, and Modern Art Oxford. Each organisation selects graduates from their local universities to participate in the exhibitions and award programme.

Mirren Kessling, Ruskin School of Art

Mirren Kessling is an artist from Oxfordshire, she completed a foundation course at Oxford Brookes in 2013 and has just received her BFA from the Ruskin School of Art.

Kessling has shown work at the Museum for the History of Science, The Ashmolean Museum, Cube Gallery, Modern Artists Gallery, Jelly and as part of the Ruskin Shorts performance event at Modern Art Oxford.

Kessling works across a range of media such as photography, film, performance, print and one off events these are all bought together through her interest in exploring the body and objects around it as performative tools for exploring identity.

Kessling presents a selection of photographs and videos that are traces of a performative exploration into identity. Each work is captured on a digital camera, but left unedited to emphasise that humble objects used alongside the body, such as dust sheets, clay, fabric and paper bags can be transformed by being fixed in time by the camera or gesture of the body.

Download the Platform 2016 exhibition guide here: Platform 2016 Exhibition Guide