Mediterranea is a limited edition series of screen prints, based upon a wider body of work Crossings (2015- ongoing). Beginning life as found media images, which are then playfully edited and re-interpreted by a process of painting out and over areas of the original image, making each print entirely unique. The print titles reference idyllic household paint names: “Fare Thee Well, Utopia Beckons, No Boundaries, English Primrose, Sundown, California Dreaming, Adrift at Sea…” Juxtaposed alongside images of the recent Mediterranean migrant ‘crisis’ these romanticized paint names take on new meaning; creating tension and paradoxes between the images and their context. Kwant’s selective re-appropriation of media images seeks to open up a space to question wider narratives. The images once produced for media output have here been edited, and playfully deconstructed, opening up space to question our perception of reality.  The work is intended to be grouped in 'sets' creating a multi-layered effect. In this way the work escapes a single perspective allowing a multiplicity of readings and meanings to emerge.

The production of ‘Crossings’ has been kindly supported by The Castlefield Gallery’s New Art Spaces and Seedbed.

Still photo of projection, screen print "Utopia Beckons" Turkish Baths, Victoria Baths, Manchester.

Still photo of projection, screen print "Utopia Beckons" Turkish Baths, Victoria Baths, Manchester.

Still photo of projection onto Egyptian Muslin, Victoria Baths, Manchester. June 2017

Still photo of projection onto Egyptian Muslin, Victoria Baths, Manchester. June 2017

Still photo of animation on Egyptian Muslin, Victoria Baths, Manchester, June 2017.

Still photo of animation on Egyptian Muslin, Victoria Baths, Manchester, June 2017.

Nomas Projects, Dundee, 2017.

Nomas Projects, Dundee, 2017.

"Utopia Beckons" and "Sundown" selected for The Greater Manchester Contemporary Art Prize, Elliot House, June 2017.

"Utopia Beckons" and "Sundown" selected for The Greater Manchester Contemporary Art Prize, Elliot House, June 2017.

"Mediterranea" A6 Postcard Series, Household Paint, Photograph, 2016. Exhibited at Transition Gallery, London and Castlefield Gallery New Art Spaces, Chorlton (2016).

"Mediterranea" A6 Postcard Series, Household Paint, Photograph, 2016. Exhibited at Transition Gallery, London and Castlefield Gallery New Art Spaces, Chorlton (2016).

Installation view "Mediterranea" editioned screen print series. 40 x 50 cm, household paint, screen print, fabriano paper. 2017

Installation view "Mediterranea" editioned screen print series. 40 x 50 cm, household paint, screen print, fabriano paper. 2017

Installation view "Mediterranea" editioned screen print series. 40 x 50 cm, household paint, screen print, fabriano paper. 2017

Installation view "Mediterranea" editioned screen print series. 40 x 50 cm, household paint, screen print, fabriano paper. 2017

Installation view "Mediterranea" editioned screen print series. 40 x 50 cm, household paint, screen print, fabriano paper. 2017

Installation view "Mediterranea" editioned screen print series. 40 x 50 cm, household paint, screen print, fabriano paper. 2017