Russian Ballet Riot, 2012
newspaperwork, 64 pages, colour, digital offset on newsprint paper, 29 ×38 cm
and 20 pages booklet A5 size facsimile edition of Russian Ballet an artist’s book by David Bomberg published in London in 1919
Photography and design: paula roush
edition of 100
msdm publications
Commissioned by the Borough Road Gallery, London
Published as part of the exhibition David Bomberg: Objects of Collection, presented in the Digital Gallery, London South Bank University, 10-12 December 2013


Newspaperwork developed in response to David Bomberg's collected works in the Borough Road Gallery exhibition London’s Post War Art Scene: David Bomberg & The Borough Group  ( Nov 30 2012-March 23 2013) and shown in parallel to  David Bomberg: Objects of Collection  (Sep13 2013-March 29 2014) in the exhibition Photobooks: Objects of collection (photobooks commissioned by the Borough Road Gallery in response to the exhibition David Bomberg: Objects of Collection), Digital Gallery, London South Bank University, London UK
Collage brings together the world of the Diaghilev's Ballets Russes (the historical context for Russian Ballet) and the protests in support of Pussy Riot following their 2012 arrest.
The work is inspired by traces of David Bomberg art studio in Borough road, now converted into the London South Bank University’s School of Arts and Creative Industries lecturer’s offices where paula meets her photobook publishing students for tutorials.

Researching the teaching and learning environment in the Borough Polytechnic “which was to become the centre of the most vanguard and adventurous art education in post-war Britain,” [1] the work is inspired by the traces of the former art studios in Borough road and the University archives.
Bomberg’s revolutionary teaching methods, informed by a search for the “spirit in the mass,” [2] that was keenly adapted by the Borough Group (1946-1951) as their modus operandis, precedes current practice-based approaches to art as research and comes alive in the new self-published work.
Bomberg’s early enthusiasm for self-publishing and his involvement with the performative aspects of modern culture was evident in his pamphlet-book Russian Ballet (1919) whose reinterpretation is part of the work.

Bringing side by side the Borough group’s artwork and the newly commissioned publication completes the circle that started with the radical educational approaches to modern art in post-war Borough Polytechnic and continue with contemporary discursive approaches to art in the University’s photographic arts teaching.

[1] Dominika Buchowska, 2011, Teaching Art In Post-War Britain: The Case Of The Borough Group 1945-1953, Polish-AngloSaxon Studies volume 14-15, pp. 107-129; [2] C. Holden, History of the Borough Group, date of access: 6 Nov 2012