“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye. shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh. findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” – Matthew 7:7&8
The body of work shown in Campbell Addy’s new exhibition, Matthew 7:7&8 is an expression of a journey from leaving his Jehovah’s Witness upbringing to coming out as a young gay man at 17. Since the departure from his religious background the scripture (Matthew 7:7&8) has resonated deeply with the photographer and is one that he comes back to as he navigates his way through his creative practice and finds his place in the world. As Campbell states, “For the longest time the scripture (Matthew 7:7&8) has resonated with me, for whatever it is I want in life, I need to seek it out and find solace in my resolve.”
Matthew 7:7&8 is a celebration of the black body, the coming-of-age via sexuality, faith and the creative process. The images included in the exhibition come from particular projects that express the transformation Campbell has undertaken whilst creating them. Be it shooting and researching Juju with his collaborator Ib Kamara, or subverting the strict regime of religion via NSFW imagery, each image shares a glimpse into recurring themes within Campbell’s work.
The latter part of the exhibition debuts a series entitled Unlocking Seoul. This is a project both Campbell and Edvinas Bruzas undertook in the summer of 2014 where they documented their experience of the LGBT scene in Seoul, South Korea.