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ARU graduate launches debut book

Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) alumna Alima Faye is launching her debut photography book on Friday the 28 February 2021.

Alima studied an Art and Design Foundation with ARU College before going on to study BA (Hons) Photography at ARU. She has since graduated and has been working on her book, Black Mental Health in Focus: A photographic exploration of young black men, which launches this week.

The book aims to “counteract the exaggerated notion, which is painted by the mainstream media, that Black men are dominant and aggressive”, explains the launch event description.

It goes on to say: “Alima Faye takes us on an artistic journey to explore the vulnerable aspects of mental health and well-being. The art collection acknowledges the advantages of having a hobby to restore, balance, calm and quiet the mind, through her use of photography and textual artistry.”

Photography at ARU focuses on telling compelling stories through digital and analogue image-making, experimental crossovers, multimedia, self-publishing and exhibition. Students are encouraged to refine their photographic style and voice through continuous experimentation and are supported throughout their study by academic staff who are at the forefront of photographic research.

The Art and Design foundation course at ARU College helps students to develop their ability to create a narrative through visual mediums. Students will also develop their portfolio and cultivate the skills needed to critically assess information. The course takes a hands-on approach to help students prepare for the practical-focused undergraduate degrees at ARU. Foundation courses also provide extra pathways into studying at ARU.

“The College really prepared me for my degree! Tutors really took their time to get us ready for what the university course had to offer,” says Alima.

As well as her debut book, Alima has been working on event, fashion and interior photography.

Book your ticket to the launch of Black Mental Health in Focus: A photographic exploration of young black men.

Or learn more about ARU College and how it can set you up for success.

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