Catherine Hyland is a photographer living and working in London. Her photography centres around people and their connection to the land they inhabit. Primarily landscape based, her work is rooted in notions of fabricated memory, grids, enclosures and national identity, Chinese in particular. She graduated from Chelsea College of Art with a 1st Class BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art and completed her Masters at the Royal College of Art in 2011. Her large format images depict humanity’s attempts - some more effective than others - to tame its environment.
She has recently been shortlisted for the Sony World Photography Awards, Ooshot Award, PHmuseum 2019 Photography Grant, included in the AI - AP American Photography 35th winners book, Best in Book in the Creative Review Photography Annual 2018 and 2017, Renaissance Photography prize 2017 & Gold Award winner of the Royal photographic Society's International IPE 161 Exhibition.
Hyland’s ongoing project Universal Experience captures desolate tourist destinations in the mountains of China and Mongolia. From monumental statues of historical figures overlooking the landscape to fences and viewing points demarcating the surrounding terrain, the photographer’s work highlights humanity’s attempts to tame and transform nature, both past and present.
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