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Rob Stead left England because of Brexit but it unsure where he will end up. An Essex University politics undergraduate he then went on to support London based charities as a self-employed ICT circuit rider for 25 years. Before starting his Photography MFA at Ulster University he turned his hand at house renovation for a couple of years as a way of funding his escape. The house is now available for holiday lets. His master project, Well Grubbed Old Mole, presented in a newspaper format, is a personal exploration into Brexit with the use of personal diary images, important Brexit dates, quotes and assisted portraiture. It explores issues such as populism and identity by trying to engage with post-Marxist thinkers such as Ernesto Laclau and the Essex School of Discourse Analysis. The assisted portraiture, presented in exhibitions as Vision 2020, is an act of outrospection - a method of getting to understand oneself by developing relationships and an empathetic understanding of others - particularly in the context of a deeply hurtful Brexit antagonism aimed at people like him.

HEY! MY NAME IS...

MFA PHOTOGRAPHY

ROBERT STEAD