Friday 08.05.15 | 7.30pm – 9.30pm Exhibition Open (at other times by appointment)
Saturday 09.05.15 | 2pm – 4pm
Sunday 10.05.15 | 2pm – 4pm
Saturday 16.05.15 | 2pm – 4pm
Sunday 17.05.15 | 2pm – 4pm
In the overlapping spheres of the art historical object and that of the contemporary art object the subject of preservation is a contentious one. In a reversal of the usual museological concerns, curators John O’Hare and Gordon Culshaw set out to investigate the affect of time and biological and chemical decay on artworks.
Selected from an Open Call by Culshaw and O’Hare artists Graham Dunning (UK), Barbara Ekström (Sweden), Stig Evans (UK), Veronika Lukasova (Czech Republic / UK), Fred Martin (France), Samira Shafiei Nejad (Iran / UK), Raksha Patel (UK), Topp and Dubio (Netherlands),Peter Trukenbrod (Sweden), and Chris Wood(UK) elected to have their work buried in a field at a depth of six feet on a farm in Lancashire for 12 months prior to exhibiting. Towards the end of 2014 the site was excavated and the works were exhumed to allow the curators and artists the opportunity to further develop their ideas. The resultant Roadside Museum exhibition takes both the objects and documentation of the excavation, and looks at the changes brought about through the process of accelerated decay.
Gordon Culshaw is a practicing artist and curator based in Merseyside working with film and video. His critically acclaimed work has been exhibited widely and regularly features in film festivals around the world. www.gordonculshaw.co.uk
The award ceremony took place on January 28, 2015, at the Embassy of Italy in Brussels, Belgium. From the narrative of war to the one about territories, passing through the exploration of feelings and the human condition. The experiential mosaic composed by Hadeel Al-Ramly, Mazen Jannoun, Veronika Lukasova, Dionisis Moschonasand Laetitia Vancon – photographers from five different countries, observing the world from five different perspectives.
The prize was awarded to a French photographer – and now a very lovely friend – Laetitia Vancon for her extreme and touching story about The Vukaj family of northern Albania, that have been trapped in a cycle of Blood Feud for 20 years – http://www.vanconlaetitia.com/#/myhomemyprison/
It was a fantastic night and I enjoyed meeting all the fellow photographers, the curator Stefano Schirato – esteemed documentary photographer based in Pescara, Italy, Franco Pomilio – the creator of the prize and a President of Pomilio Blumm and Chris Warde-Jones – Member of the 2014 Scientific Commitee and photographer based in Rome and Pomilio Blum prize support team.
Group photo of the nominees and Stefano Schirato / Franco Pomillio (left) and Stefan Schirato introducing the prize.
Hadil and Laeticia at the prize announcement / Veronika Lukasova presenting her project.
Laetitia Vancon with the Vukaj family, that has since her documentation in Albania moved to Belgium and was able to attend the ceremony.
Media & Myth explores the role of the mass media in the documentation and commemoration of the Vietnam War. The exhibition then runs for just over a week, until 18th October 2014 at Hundred Years Gallery, 13 Pearson St, E2 8JD London. Media & Myth is part of Photomonth London.
15th Sep – 6th Oct
Private view 12th September
6:00pm – 8:00pm
154 – 158 Church Street
The Roadside Museum is an experimental project by artists Gordon Culshaw and John O’Hare examining the feasibility and/or desirability of fast forwarding the ageing process of artists’ work through biological and chemical decay.
13 artists were selected to bury their work on a farm in the north-west of England. Artworks were buried unprotected in a field at a depth of 6 feet. The site was chosen due to its location in a high water table with acidic soil which, it was hoped would accelerate the degradation process.
12 months later, the site was excavated. Artworks were unearthed and, over the summer, the artists were given the time to develop an appropriate way to present their work. This exhibition provides the first chance to see the resulting work.
The project provides the opportunity for a range of media to be considered in relation to the progression of time and decomposition, whilst providing unique documentation of the West Lancashire region. It has been conceived as an experimental ‘art’ residency due to the predicted physical transformation of the objects which reside on the farm for 12 months and how the artists/viewers engage with and respond to this change.
Artists: Sarah Carne, Graham Dunning, Barbara Ekström, Stig Evans, Veronika Lukasova, Fred Martin, Samira Shafiei Nejad, Riitta Oittinen, Raksha Patel, Topp & Dubio, Peter Trukenbrod, Alana Tyson, and Chris Wood.