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

The visual interpretation of space production, from everyday spatial practice to contested spatiality, has been a consistent pursuit of my practice. Over the last five years, the focus has been the artist’s house–studio–gallery, a space defined by its triple purpose of living, creating and curating.
Since 2015, msdm has occupied four different live–work self-contained units, 'interim' or 'meanwhile' spaces located in South–East areas of London. They were transformed into temporary house–studio–galleries and our photographic practice became an enquiry focused on its intimate spaces and outdoors context, an expanded container for domestic life, artistic production and exhibition making.

These temporary spaces, being first and foremost archaeological sites of the contemporary past, provide opportunities to explore a variety of methodologies for photographic practice, including psychogeography and autoethnography. How to represent the psychic experience of architecture and urban space? Trace the buildings’ past histories, personal and social narratives contained within their walls, memories of industrial labour, materials and services? Document our presence and involvement in the transition into cultural economies?

Current practice and research around photobook publishing has developed in parallel, each bookwork mirroring this probing into the psychic nature of architecture and the poetics of lived space, both interiors and urbanscape. The reading experience is, in each case, an interplay between the architecture of the building and the visual structure of the book.
In 2017, with the collective Unstable Media, we curated the exhibition The Book Dispersed, on the public methods found in books made by artists. The book The Beauties of DECOMPOSITION, co-created with Michael Hampton, worked as a curatorial anchor for this experiential exhibition.  

We are co-founders of CREiA: Creative Attentive Studio for a mindful art practice, an experiential online course focused on deep listening and creative exercises, which have been inspired equally by mindful art practices and relational domestic crafts. Created and piloted in 2020 during lockdown, the project addresses issues of  self-confinement, isolation and the need for tools that support a reflective creative practice.

Other initiatives include:
- the orphan photography collection Found Photo Foundation
- the art publishing platform Page-Turner
- ə (uh)-books project space for material publishing

I am a  Fulbrighter, a Fellow of the Higher Education
and  Senior Lecturer  in the School of Arts and
Creative Industries
at the London South Bank University,

where I co-lead: 
- the photographic art project Photography and the Gallery
- and the photobook publishing enterprise  Photobook


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paula has worked with a broad range of partners, clients,
commissioners and collaborators, such as

South London Gallery, [ Space ] London, Castlefield
Gallery Manchester,  198 Contemporary Arts and Learning
Gallery London, Tate Modern, Tate Britain London, Centro
Cultural de Lagos, Drawing Room London, Centro Cultural
de Espana Montevideo,  CAMJAP – Fundação Calouste
Gulbenkian Lisbon,  Southhill Park Arts Centre London, 
WUK Kunsthalle Exnergasse Austria, Kunstverein Harburger
Bahnhof Hamburg, Artstation Auckland, QUAD Derby,
MNAC: Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do
Chiado Lisbon, Museum für Gegenwartskunst/ 
Contemporary Art MuseumSiegen, Museu Coleção
Berardo Lisbon, Herbert Read Gallery Canterbury, 
Pavilhão 28, Espaço Expositivo do Centro Hospitalar
Psiquiátrico de Lisboa, GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle
Kunst Bremen, City Gallery Prague, Living Art Museum
Reykjavik, INIVA Institute of International Visual Arts
London, The Brady Arts Centre London, The
Photographers'  Gallery London, Camden Arts Centre
London, Casa das Artes Porto, Haus der Architektur Graz, 
Czech Centre London, Pavilhao Preto Museu da Cidade
Lisbon, ACERT Tondela, Fondazione de Monte Uniti di Foggia 
Homeless Project London, Coleman Project Space London,
Gallery P74 Ljubljana, CMR Cornwall Media Resource, 
ICVL Studio Bristol, ProjectoMap,
Atelier POP-UP Lisbon, Infinite Multiple, Play Gallery Berlin,
Voyeur Project View Lisbon, a l l i n, Sparwasser HQ Berlin,
Galeria  Mira,  Porto, Artist's Book Centre, Sput&Nik the
Window Porto, Overgaden Gallery Copenhagen, W139
Amsterdam, mzin-bookstore and project space for visual
culture Leipzig, Frans Masereel Centrum Kasterlee

Art Photography foundations 
Bauhaus Foundation Dessau, Hasselblad Foundation
Gothenburg, Arab Image Foundation Beirut, EDP
Foundation Lisbon

bookRoom, bookworks collection, UCA Library at Farnham 
National Art Library, Victoria & Albert Museum artists’ books collection, London
Khio Oslo National Academy of the Arts Library
Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar  MENA artists’
books collection 
The Brooklyn Museum
The Museum of Modern Art Library
The Metropolitan Museum Library
The Swarthmore College Libraries
The Boston Athenaeum Library
The School of Art Institute of Chicago Library
The Centre Pompidou Kandinsky Library Artists' Books Collection
The Drawing Room Outset Study collection of artists' books
MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona collection
Coleção de Arte Fundação EDP


Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade do Porto, UWE University of the West of England - Architecture and Built Environment, KHiO National Academy of the Arts Oslo, ESDA LLotja Barcelona, EINA  Centre Universitari de Disseny i Art UAB Autonomous University of Barcelona, Lebanese American University School of  Architecture & Design, University of Gothenburg HDK-Valand, University of the Arts in Poznan, UMAR/Feminist University Lisbon, Lisbon Consortium, Napier University Edinburgh, Danish Royal School of Library and Information Science Copenhagen,  University for the Creative Arts Canterbury, Piet Zwart Institute – Postgraduate Studies in Art and Design/ Master Education in Arts/ Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam,  Wimbledon College of Art, University of Middlesex London, Ar.Co School of Arts & Visual Communication Lisbon, Central Saint Martins London  BA Fine Art, Centro Portugues de Design  Post Graduate degree Environmental Urban Design, Lisbon, Camberwell College of Arts London, Oxford Brookes University School of Architecture, University of London Goldsmiths College MA in Fine Art Administration and Curatorship

Art, Photography and Photobook festivals
ISEA International Symposium on Electronic Art, 
PhotoBookClub Lisboa, Imago Photo Festival Lisbon,
Aarhus Photobook Week, Lisbon Photobook Fair, 
Unveil'd Photography Festival Exeter ,,
Radiator Festival London, Institut für Neue
Kulturtechnologien/t0 World-Information City:
Public Outreach Program, Sheffield Artist's Book Fair, 
Hackney WickED, FotoBook Festival Kassel, Publish
and Be Damned, Joburg Fringe Independent Art Fair,
e v +a limerick, AC Institute NYC, London Art Book Fair
Blind Date Convention, Ragusa FotoFestival

Commissioning bodies
HS Projects London, ACAVA Association for Cultural
Advancement through Visual Arts London, CoolTan
Arts London,TAP Trust Art Project London,  ArtsAdmin London, Procurarte  Lisbon

Funding bodies

Arts Council England, Elephant Trust, Calouste Gulbenkian
Foundation, South East London Foundation Neighbourhood
Renewal Fund, Erasmus

Commercial and municipal clients 
ICAP: Insight Community Arts Programme, ADXTUR,
UBM, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea through
Public Health, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust,
Science Museum’s LATES 


Workshops, seminars, and presentations are an integral part of msdm, working closely with non-profit organisations and artists to document, exhibit and publish their photographic archives.
msdm offers in-house-studio-gallery mentoring, assisting artists  with  project research and development, by conducting tailored 121 and small-group sessions.

paula has widely published and self-published and is the co-author of Order and Collapse: The Lives of Archives and Dear Aby Warburg: What can be done with images (Museum for Contemporary Art  Siegen).


Lisbon  and Portugal 

Atelier Pop-Up:  Photography and editions | Photobooks

 STETPhotography and Artists's books


Alves Oliveira: Collection


The Photographer's Gallery Bookshop:  Photozines

Infinite Multiple: Photographic multiples


Thank You have become the two words that I deliberately say and feel more than any other words and have become part of the magic in my life and studio practice.
In no particular order, these are the people that I send my gratitude and good thoughts to: Mireille Ribière, Georges Parnell, Anna Odrich,  Ina Baumaster, Julie Cook, Maria Kheirkha, Ines Amado, Natercia Caneiro, Hugo Santos, Travis Crowther, Andrew Dewdney, Geoff Cox, Stan Briza, David Goldenberg, Fabrice Ziegler, Tonia Carless,  Sarah Ainslie, Andreia Alves de Oliveira, Katherine Bash, Francisco Varela, Susana Paiva, Arne Sjogren, Thomas Moors, Beate Cegielska, Jennifer Reeeves, Moritz Neumüller, Dino Tsapaliras, Rui Prata, Emmanuelle Waeckerlé, David Lewis, Michael Hampton, Victoria Browne, 







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
please e-mail to schedule a visit
[within a covid safety framework]

paula roush 

London SE

school of arts  & creative industries  
london south bank university