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

russian ballet riot

Russian Ballet Riot
Newspaper work  for the exhibition Photobooks: Objects of collection
 commissioned by the Borough Road Gallery in response to the exhibition 
David Bomberg: Objects of Collection,  London South Bank University

Researching the teaching and learning environment at 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 traces of the former art studios in Borough Road and the University archives. David Bomberg's art studio in Borough road, now converted into the London South Bank University’s School of Arts and Creative Industries lecturer’s offices is where paula meets her photobook publishing students for tutorials. 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 performative aspects of modern culture was evident in his pamphlet-book Russian Ballet (1919) whose reinterpretation is part of the work. 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.
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

paula roush: Russian Ballet Riot, newspaper work
paula roush: Russian Ballet Riot, newspaper work

Russian Ballet Riot
64 pages, colour print, digital offset on newsprint paper, 29 ×38 cm
with 20 pages booklet A5 size facsimile edition of Russian Ballet
artist’s book by David Bomberg published in London in 1919
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