Ming De Nasty: In Conversation
Ming talks to us about her recent exhibitions TAG (which exhibited at SHOUT Festival 2018) and TAG 2 which is available to view online. Giving life and context to her work, we investigate what it’s like to be a queer photographer and what draws her to work with portraiture and focus on human experiences.
Ming has been a practicing photographer for the past 30 years and worked on projects with local and national arts organisations, with work being exhibited widely in the UK. Her work is socially engaged and participation and collaboration is the foundation of her practice. In 2018 Ming was commissioned by IKON Gallery Birmingham to complete a summer residency on The Slow Boat to create a photographic installation along the Birmingham Canal, Soho Loop.
Her most recent self-initiated project, which concluded in Nov 2018, was TAG a series of photographic studio portraits of LGBTQ+ women in Birmingham that reflects on how they self identify and the impact of labels on their every day lives. It was exhibited as part of Shout Arts Festival touring to four different venues during the 2 weeks of the festival. In May 2019 it was exhibitied during Birmingham Pride weekend.