Moments of Reprieve: Representing Loss in Contemporary Photography
Exhibition: 21 October – 13 November 2011
Moments of Reprieve brings together a group of artists whose work responds conceptually to the challenge of articulating loss in photography, whether as personal experience or political critique. Through a series of stage and stolen moments, the photographs in the show expand on the idea that the medium and its modes of production may point to something beyond a literal visual depiction – for instance, by highlighting how images can communicate more through what they conceal than the subjects they portray. The exhibition takes its title from the 1978 book by Primo Levi, recalling the small and often unspoken gestures encountered during his imprisonment that restored a sense of humanity in otherwise inhumane circumstances.
Artists: David Birkin, Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Ori Gersht, Idris Khan, Eleonora Rossi, Indre Serpytyte and Taryn Simon.
Curated by: Louisa Adam and David Birkin
Eleonora Rossi “I’M SORRY”
Curated by Louisa Adam
Preview: Saturday 4 September 2010 _ 18.30
From/To: 04/09/2010 - 30/09/2010
Catalogue: Booklet ita/eng. Text by Louisa Adam
Via del Battistero, n. 38, 55100 Lucca
DARREN BANKS IT’S NOT THE END OF THE WORLD 2009 12’
JEANNE LIOTTA OBSERVANDO EL CIELO 2007 19’
KAREN RUSSO TERGET 090313977 2009 13’
SEMICONDUCTOR SOUND OF THE MICROCLIMATES 2004 10’
THOMPSON AND CRAIGHEAD FLAT EARTH 2007 7’
These five films grapple questions of memory and knowledge and propose our city as seething networks of information within a rapidly expanding universe of details. Between them the five artists map out physical environments, model imaginary natural systems, track the movements of the stars across the sky, blur the boundaries between science fiction and unpick narratives from stories and images found online.
Film Lounge Screening:
London Orbital Chris Petit and Iain Sinclair
Wednesday 23 June 6.30pm
This first special one-off Film Lounge screening will present Chris Petit and Iain Sinclair’s film London Orbital, a mesmeric 76 minute documentary concerning the psychogeographical mappings of the world’s largest motorway the M25 using interviews, archival footage and voiceovers.
The film journeys back inti the past to arrive at the future engaging with history and the occult, excavating the past through H.G Wells War of the Worlds, Bram Stoker’s Dracula to recording the present woth musings on surveillance, shopping, terrorism and Essex gangsters.
Forthcoming exhibition at STILLS Exhibition Dates: (Preview 31 March) Thursday 01 April - Sunday 18 July 2010. Artists: Rut Blees Luxemburg, Emma Kay and Craig Mulholland.
Image: Rut Blees Luxemburg, Faith in Infrastructure, 2008
Artist Talk Tuesday 11 May 7.30pm
Curator Louisa Adam in conversation with artists Rut Blees Luxemburg and Craig Mulholland on re-visioning the city.
Exploring themes from the exhibition, there will also be an opportunity for open conversation; re-considering the context and matter from which we generate meaning; reflecting upon the space we inhabit and the use of the imagination in exploring the cities that we live in.
Refreshments will be available from 7pm
Image: The City and The Stars, Installation image, Stills 2010
Current exhibition at HotShoe Gallery, Exposure: “What Should I Build or Write, Against The Fall of Night?” - featuring artists: Torsten Lauschmann, David Birkin and Benjamin de Burca. Hotshoe Gallery is associated with Hotshoe International Magazine. Follow this link to download the online subsidiary exhibition booklet:Exposure
Event: Thursday 8 April, 6-8.30pm. Louisa Adam, David Birkin and Vassilis Kantas in discussion on identity loss in politicized art and the history of photography. During the discussion, the context for the actions and meaning of the activities represented in evidentially political images, were opened up so as to address issues surrounding the loss of identity in photographic history.
Curating a series of talks for the Dan Graham Pavilion, Hayward Gallery. The programme is designed to enable PhD Researchers, from institutions across London, to test their ideas in public. The speakers address some of the themes present in current and future exhibitions, taking a position in relation to current theoretical debates. This series commenced from 1st September 2009. The Hayward Gallery is closed from February to May 2010 for essential repairs and renewal. It reopens on 19 June. In the mean time the Hayward Touring Exhibitions continue their journey around the country.
In addition to an MFA Curating, I was research participant and assistant curator for one of the four commissions in the AHRC funded project ‘Curating Architecture’, 2006/08. This was a significant research programme for the department and is due to result in the publication of a book: