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

FOUND PHOTO FOUNDATION

FPF Found Photo Foundation is an artist-led platform dedicated to collection, care and  study of orphan photographs. There are multiple reasons photographs become orphan: they may have been abandoned following the death of their owners, they may have been stolen, or they may have simply ceased to be useful and thrown in the garbage, from where they may have been rescued and put back on the market.

FPF Found Photo Foundation methodologies contrast with those of traditional institutional archives. They are experimental and mobilise vernacular and queer feminist models of assembling collections. Artistic methodologies, developed specifically for each collection, include critical transdisciplinary research,  collaborative field work, photogrammetry, 3dmodeling,  biographical annotation, photobook publishing and installation work. 

Exhibitions like "Dear Aby Warburg" and "Paradigm Store" have provided a curatorial framework to survey the creative processes within the Found Photo Foundation. These reflect the diversity of media and archival methodologies deployed in the work with orphan photography, including the use of provisional taxonomies and the foregrounding of participatory tools.

Found Photo Foundation installation

FOUND PHOTO FOUNDATION  experimental  participatory archiving 
Dear Aby Warburg: What can be done with images? Dealing with Photographic
Material Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen

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CHAOS OF MEMORIES
Reflective essay drawn out of existing artistic practice,
the focus is the Found Photo Foundation experimental archiving

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TORN, FOLDED, CURLED : FOUND PHOTO FOUNDATION  IN RESIDENCY 
AT THE ARAB IMAGE FOUNDATION

Found Photo Foundation newspaper

FPF#1 Newspaper work
Found Photo Foundation 

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TIMELINE VORTEX (UNFIXED)
Found Photo Foundation 
Born in 1987: The Animated GIF exhibition
The Photographer's Gallery Media Wall

 

Time of Its Other (allegories of history)
Found Photo Foundation  
Connecting Worlds exhibition
The Drawing Room/ UBM

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Order and Collapse: The lives of Archives
The book presents the Found Photo Foundation
in the context of contemporary artistic and research-based
approaches to existing archives, the act of collecting images,
and creating new archives.

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 Source: Arab Image Foundation
Reflective essay organised around three photobooks sourced from the Arab Image Foundation photographic collections

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Dear Aby Warburg
What can be done with images?
This book presents FOUND PHOTO FOUNDATION 
with recent positions in contemporary art that deal
with photographic material.

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Participatory Architectures (Memory, Archive, Revolution)
Found Photo Foundation 
Paradigm Store exhibition 

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Orphan Editions
photobooks and photographic editions
sourced from FOUND PHOTO FOUNDATION 

 

msdm   is  Mobile  Strategies  of  Display  &   Mediation
 a nomadic House — Studio — Gallery for photographic art
curatorial research, expanded practice of the artist's book
photobook publishing  and peer - to - peer collaborations 

 

by appointment only
request private viewing 

paula roush 
founder


paularoush@gmail.com

London SE


msdm@msdm.org.uk

school of arts  & creative industries  
london south bank university


roushp@lsbu.org.uk