msdm a nomadic house-studio-gallery for photographic art and curatorial research, an expanded practice of the artist's book, photobook publishing and peer-to-peer collaboration created by contemporary artist paula roush

Newspaper work based on photobooks by Kavita Mahabir-Singh, Eden Hawkes, Dominika Ostrowska, Sundus Abubaker, Amy Valance John-Brown, Zainab Jode, Jack Sheppard, Chloé Tomasin,Monet Jean-Charles.

2-3>Kavita Mahabir-Singh | Ever Changing 22 Pages 29 X 20.5
4-5>Eden Hawkes | Between Bricks Of Nature 8 Pages 14.8 X 21 cm
6-7>Dominika Ostrowska | Serenity 16 Pages 21 X 14.5 cm
8-9>Sundus Abubaker | Nature 8 Pages 14.8 X21 cm
10-11>Amy Valance John-Brown | As Nature Unfolds...9 Pages 19 X13 cm
12-13>Zainab Jode | 16 Pages 14.8 X 21 cm
14-15>Jack Sheppard | Aperture 10 Pages 19.7 X 29.7 cm
16-17>Chloé Tomasin | Sitting Down Brings Back Memories… 8 pages 18.5 x 12.5 cm (148 cm total)
18-19>Monet Jean-Charles | Isolation 16 pages 14.8 X21 cm
1-20> paula roush | where shall we wander 72 pages 21 x 29.7 cm

Project for the St Charles Centre for Health and Wellbeing in North Kensington, West London. With St Charles College art students (fine arts, textiles and photography) and their tutors. Newspaper published by ACAVA. Permanent installation at  St Charles Centre for Health & Wellbeing in North Kensington, West London, 2015


 Walking and photographing we explored the poetics of everyday life, investigated the relationship of place to memory, uncovered fragments of the former hospital’s history, documented processes of urban transformation and essayed personal responses to the space.
The final artwork is these photographs that mirror photobooks created in editorial workshops during which we folded and sewed photographs into paper-based constellations. The images have been installed in the centre’s walls and printed as a newspaper photowork


Participants in the St. Charles  walk 


Brief: create a site-specific photographic project for  St Charles Centre for Health and Wellbeing in Ladbroke Grove area,  West London.

In the  first workshop we started by looking at photobooks and photozines  that engage with sites/ places / spaces and debate
what site-specific photographic work can do:
-explore poetics of the everyday in the area-
-investigate  relationship of space to memory
-document urban transformation
-uncover fragments of historical urban landscape 
-represent feelings, emotional response to the space
-research a specific site through walking, drifting
and getting lost


Photozines are a very tangible way to work in response to a place. Its immediacy allow for a quick representation of a subject or idea; and  they can be easily designed and printed with a home printer and photocopier. We looked at: Lucinda Smart’s Let me take you by the hand, a photonewspaper work, Adam Murray’s Winterthur photozine ,and our photobookzine Paintball Field, examples of photoworks that resulted from spending time photographing a place and sequencing the photographic series into a timeline that captures the lived experience of the place. 

We also had our first site visit and used the photo cameras for an initial photo-documentation of the centre. The history of the site can be traced back to 1879 when Saint Marylebone Infirmary was built in Rackham Street, Ladbroke Grove, to support the sick poor serviced by the Saint Marylebone Workhouse. Renamed in 1930 as St. Charles Hospital, some of this background story can be uncovered at Peter Higginbotham’s workhouses site.


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