I am so grateful for a-n for awarding me the a-n professional development bursary. This is a great help towards taking my practice to the next stage.
My practice explores the in between areas of fact and imaginary, still and moving using photography, drawings and installations.
The aim for this professional development is to develop practical skills in bookbinding with a mentorship by Magali Avezou who runs a platform of curatorial and artistic projects as archipelago, and to set up a peer mentoring group with artists and creatives of different disciplines whom in their practice also work in book formats.
Also keeping a regular blog is a new challenge for me as I generally find writing very difficult and this has also been an area which has been long due for improvement. This should help me in reflecting and clarifying what I have been doing and directing me to the next stage.
My book project will develop around the images from the glass negatives I have found in the cardboard boxes at Fortismere School where I have been the artist in residence since September 2014. Containing various photography related objects these were waiting to be disposed of. I have named these objects ‘an accidental archival of no longer needed objects’ and have been making interventions in various forms. From chance photograms, drawing, short videos and mapping the space as well as researching into the objects.
So far the aim has been to find ways of bringing together the past and present of the space, objects and people involved and also creating new narratives.
The plan is to have a site specific exhibition in early summer in the darkroom and then to explore further possibilities of the project in a book format. As the exhibition it is going to be an installation, the challenge would be to see how these images or objects and moving images would be translated in a different format.
Mentoring from archipelago will be so helpful to maintain a perspective in my practice as I often tend to proliferate too much. I am also very excited about the peer mentoring, to meet new people and exchange ideas surrounding this area of practice. I have found regular peer mentoring sessions extremely useful in the past year and half. I have set up a monthly sessions with artists working mainly in lens based media where we meet and discuss work in progress and exchange feedback and references. This also has been a great way to make small deadlines.
What is left of this month will be spent in researching and contacting the artists for the peer mentoring and start the sessions in May whilst reflecting on the works have done at the residency and plan the exhibition. The very first mentoring session with archipelago will start in May too and I will hope to share this in the next blog entry.
Thanks again a-n for funding my year of professional development!