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
Rica Tumanguil, Daniel Baciu, Amelia Gorochowik, Elli Kouthouri, Cristina Oniga, Elsa Presswood, Emily Blackburn, Giulia Zagato, Henri Antonio, Irene Mazza, Jessica Moat, Zara Irvanipour, Justine Kruze, Millie Mcavoy, Neve Akram, Ivaylo Pavlov, Jade Skeat, Luka Bogdan-Hodgson, Renilyn Tumanday,Mia Avietti, Louines Beggache, David Campbell, Kacper Chodyra, Zee Ghafari, Elena Matthias, Brandon Hepworth, Ayla Figueira.
The Copeland Gallery, Peckham. December 2021
.Cohesion features the work of second year BA (hons) Photography students from the School of Arts and Creative Industries, London South Bank University.
As a 12-week project for experimental art, it foregrounds photographic practice, exploring water as a photographic theme and material.
Read practice statements wall labels here [dropbox link]
Work developed in the context of Photography and the Gallery at the ACI School of Arts and Creative Industries,
London South Bank University, a collaborative module led by paula roush, founder of London-based msdm studio
for mobile strategies of display & mediation [info here].
Previously she led liquid memories (2020-21)[more here],
a project initiated by Francisco Varela [work here].
liquid memories is the inspiration behind Watery Place/ Bodies of Water, the brief for 2021 Photography and
the Gallery module, which explores what it means “photographing with water.”
Watery place: waters take place.
The movements of water in our daily lives links us
to places and to each other.
Whereas, for many,
“place” is strongly associated with landed territories, thinking place in terms of water may dissolve
certain land-based preconceptions
Bodies of water:
a small ocean swallowed,
a wild wetland in our gut…
from watery womb to watery world:
we are bodies of water.
or better, Capitalocene (Jason Moore)
or Chthulucene (Donna Haraway):
a period of geopolitical time started in 1492
with imperialism, colonialism, slavery genocide, appropriation of natural resources,
the origin of the current ecological crisis.
Liquid intelligence of photography:
Given our entanglements with the web of life,
we propose “photographing with water”
and not “shoot” photographs of water
or “take” photographs about water.
Photographing with water demands
that we move beyond simply asking,
“how are these waters best captured on camera?”
and “How can they be good/ useful
photographs to humans?” to also ask,
“By whom and how are these waters situated?”
and “How do they bring us together into a community?”
Cohesion: a united whole,
the joining of particles of the same substance,
all of our works coming together
to form a collaborative body.
From deep-felt memories,
emotions and mental health
to social themes of climate change and pollution, .Cohesion encapsulates our shared perceptions of water. Each of us evolved our own point of view,
allowing it to emerge in photoworks
that represent how important water is to us
and to our world, asking:
How often do we think about water,
what it means to us,
and how much is it taken for granted?
of display & mediation
school of arts & creative industries
london south bank university