PYLOT Open Call 2019: The Winners

Congratulations are in order for our winners of the PYLOT Open Call Exhibition 2019. Our brief was: “Combatting waste: our steps towards a more eco-conscious society”. Successful entrants answered with an acute awareness of the ever-present issue facing our climate. Introducing our winners: Andrea Urbez, Samira Kafala, and Sayuri Ichida. Head down to Shop 13, Ely’s Yard, 15 Hanbury St, E1 6QR tonight to join us for a drink courtesy of Pocketful of Stones Gin, and Camden Town Brewery to celebrate with us and our Open Call winners. Alongside the winning Open Call submissions, we will be presenting an all-new zine focused on the issue of climate change and being more eco-conscious, featuring works by Henry Gorse, Fumi Homma, Jordan Evans, Mara Palena. The exhibition will also feature an eco-themed sculpture created by Chloe Solomon and Eleanor Perkins. Huge thanks to our sponsors: Free Range, Fujifilm Original Photopaper, Digitalab, Kodak Alaris, and Parallax.

Andrea Urbez – The Balearic Islands

This body of work was photographed over the course of four weeks in the Spanish islands of Menorca and Mallorca. Having visited these islands yearly since I was very little, I have been able to experience the impact of waste and climate change on the island. Rubbish on the beach and the threatening rise of wildfires are only some of the consequences of a society that is unaware of the effects of mass consumption and mass production. The photographs display pieces of rubbish found randomly across the islands, as well as the beautiful places that remain, though perhaps not for much longer. They are seemingly untouched and unaffected by the consequences of such environmental issues in the islands. These images represent how the man-made often interrupts the once untouched natural spaces.







Sayuri Ichida – The Iron Triangle

Willets Point, also known as “The Iron Triangle” has been one of the most neglected corners of New York City for decades. There are only junkyards and auto body shops, the streets are filled with potholes and dozens of scrap cars lay abandoned.

The city plans to use the land to build a shopping mall and housing. “Cleaning up or clearing out Willets Point has been a goal of nearly every New York mayor since the 1950s,” according to the New York Times. I visited The Iron Triangle to explore on New Year’s day, and despite the cold weather and it being a holiday I found the place bustling with activity. Most of the shops were open and there was a constant flow of people moving cars in various states of disrepair.

As I walked around and talked to a few people I realized that there was a story to tell. The majority of the workers are immigrants who have been working here for decades and from talking to some of their customers I learned that you couldn’t fix your car at a better price anywhere else. Despite the apparent disorder and the littered streets, there was a very particular efficacy that you could perceive after observing the place even for a short while. People worked with focus, there was cooperation between the different shops, and there was a synchronicity to the moving vehicles on the streets that you don’t find in regular city traffic.

For the workers and business owners, Willets Point is where they’ve been conducting business for decades and the constant flow of customers speaks to the demand for their services. However, city authorities have already cleared sixty percent of the area and it is likely that the final displacement will come sooner rather than later. There are no other places like it in New York where conditions are so bad that it’s hard to believe that you’re in one of the biggest and proudest cities in the world. Yet there are many people who rely on Willets Point for their livelihood and I wanted to document it before it’s gone.

Samira Kafala – I Can Hardly Believe

“I can hardly believe that I have limits, that I am cutout and defined. I feel scattered in the air, thinking inside other beings, living in the things beyond myself. I almost forgot that I am human, I forgot my past and I am free from end with an awareness of being something merely alive.” – Clarice Lispector, novelist

To experience ourselves as a fragment of this vast ecosystem is to accept our responsibility to sustainability. When we acknowledge that we are all part of the same organism – along with every other living thing – we see that we must work together in order to thrive. For me, this is the key to understanding sustainability. As an artist and a mother, it is my responsibility to act as a reminder to myself, and others of the inextricable links that bind us together, of our interconnectivity and interdependence with nature – the unique life-giving entity on which we all depend.

To see the full selection of images stop by the PYLOT Open Call Exhibition in person, opening tonight (20/06) at Shop 13 Ely’s Yard, 15 Hanbury St, E1 6QR and running until 2nd July.

See more at andreaurbez.com, sayuriichida.com, samirakafala.com