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Beyond the Visible: Contemporary Visualizations of Loss, Illness and the ‘Unseen’ in Representations of the Family

Image: The Family Curse, Natalie Laydon 

23 March 2016, 1.00pm – 6.45pm, The Northern Charter, Commercial Union House, 39 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6QE

The Northern Charter  & The Family Ties Network in association with NEPN present a study day which will consider how photography is being used to create visual conversations around the lived experiences of illness, loss, medical conditions and the ‘unseen’ within representations of the family. Photography is a difficult medium when it comes to photographing something that is not always visible. The particular visual strategies adopted by the artists explore a range of approaches for circumnavigating the challenges this presents.  Their work raises questions as to how we see (or don’t see) these lived experiences. More than this, through their exploratory visual strategies, such practices are asking if it is possible to perceive – and therefore understand – such experiences and conditions differently?

As well as talks by our speakers, a range of graduates and current students of the Northern Centre of Photography, University of Sunderland will be showing portfolios of work that connect with the day’s themes. There will also be a chance for informal discussion and dialogue around this important subject.

Speakers:
Rosy Martin, Arabella Plouviez, Sophie Ingleby, Sarah Tulloch and Marjolaine Ryley

Chairs: Nicky Bird and Carol McKay

Venue: Northern Charter, 5th Floor, Commercial Union House, 39 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle, NE1 6QE

This is a free event however booking is essential HERE 

Schedule:

1.00–1.30pm           Register  / Folios on View

1.30                   Welcome

1.45-2.15           Sophie Ingleby

2.15-2.45           Arabella Plouviez

2.45-3.00          Chaired Q & A with Nicky Bird

3.00-3.30       Break / Folios on View

4.00-4.30          Marjolaine Ryley

4.30-5.00          Sarah Tulloch

500-5.15            Chaired Q & A with Nicky Bird

5.15-5.30        Break / Folios on View

5.30-6.15           Rosy Martin

6.15-6.45           Chaired Q & A with Carol McKay

6.45-7.45         Drinks and an informal launch of ‘Image Object’ by Sarah Tulloch and ‘The Thin Blue Line, The Deep Red Sea’ by Marjolaine Ryley will follow the main event. All welcome.

 

Speaker Biographies

Rosy Martin

Rosy Martin is an artist-photographer, psychological-therapist, workshop leader, lecturer and writer. She explores the relationships between photography, memory, identities and unconscious processes using self-portraiture, still life photography, digital imaging and video. From 1983, with Jo Spence, she pioneered re-enactment phototherapy. She has exhibited internationally and published widely since 1985. Her work has explored issues including gender, sexuality, ageing, class, desire, memory location, urbanism, family dynamics, shame, health and disease, bereavement, grief and reparation. Recent publications include essays in ‘The Photograph and the Album’ 2013, ‘Phototherapy and Therapeutic Photography in a Digital Age’ 2013 and ‘Ageing Femininities, Troubling Representations’ 2012. Recent exhibitions include: ‘Focus Photography Festival’ Mumbai, 2013, ‘Il Corpo Solitario’ Perugia, 2014 and Peltz Gallery London in ‘Family Ties: Reframing Memory’, Tate Britain, 2015-6 and Stills Edinburgh, 2016. www.rosymartin.co.uk

In ‘Too close to home?’ Rosy will examine the challenges she faced in attempting to represent her mother’s dementia. Then the task of ‘curating the museum of sources’, somehow finding visual strategies to reflect her grief and sense of losses as she faced dismantling the family home, alone. In ‘Acts of Reparation’ she used the process of re-enactment phototherapy to replace her parents, in their home and honour the memory of who they had been.

 

Sarah Tulloch

Graduating from Bristol School of Art and Design with First Class Honours in 2005, Tulloch was then awarded the UWE/Spike Island Fellowship 2006-7 and a Small Wonders Award with Picture This. In 2009 Tulloch gained an MFA with distinction from Newcastle University. She has exhibited in the UK and internationally including Rotterdam International Film Festival, Berwick Film and Media Festival, Plus Arts Projects, London, Motorcade/Flashparade, Bristol, Spike Island, Bristol, Baltic 39, Newcastle upon Tyne and Bergby Konst Centre, Sweden. The series, ‘Newspaper heads’ was shortlisted for Jerwood Encounters: Family Politics. In 2015 Sarah was commissioned by New Trust Arts to make a three channel video installation at Biddulph Grange Gardens, Stoke. Sarah is currently working with Daylight books on her first artists’ book ‘Object Image’. Forthcoming exhibitions in 2017 include Platform A gallery, Middlesborough and The New Bridge Project, Newcastle with fellow artists Annie O’Donnell and Katy Cole and a solo show at The Bonnafont gallery, San Francisco. www.sarahtulloch.co.uk

For her talk Sarah will discuss the work Object Image which interrogates both the material fabric of the image, the object, and the image content of the photographic subject.

 

Sophie Ingleby

Sophie is a portrait and documentary photographer based in the North East of England. She is currently working on SEED: images exploring fertility treatment. She has an MA in Photography, with distinction, from Sunderland University. Her first body of work Known/Unknown was exhibited in a solo exhibition at Aberdeen Art Gallery in 2010, and led to being selected as an Emerging British Photographer by the Canadian Publisher Magenta in 2011. In 2016, She was selected for the NEPN DEVELOP Award. Exhibitions include: Flash Forward ‘Emerging Photographers’ Flash Forward Festival, Boston, USA, 2012 and Toronto, Canada, 2011; ‘Known/Unknown’ Aberdeen Art Gallery, 2010, ‘Works of Revelation’ Vardy Gallery, Sunderland, 2010 and ‘Renaissance Photography Prize’ Mall Galleries, London, 2010. www.sophieingleby.com

Sophie will discuss S E E D a photographic insight into fertility treatment. The project explores different aspects of IVF through a series of portraits, conceptual photographic works and documentary imagery from Newcastle Fertility Centre at LIFE. The work aims to increase awareness and understanding of fertility treatment.

 

Arabella Plouviez

Arabella is a practising photographer whose work has been exhibited and published both nationally and internationally. Her work involves the combining of image and text to visualise ideas and challenge the expectations of the photograph, working with different communities. Specifically, her work has explored areas from mental illness and criminality to the representation of women and, more recently, Alzheimer’s disease. Alongside her practice, Arabella writes about photography, often in collaboration with her colleague Dr Carol McKay. This work includes the co-editing of the book ‘The Versatile Image: Photography, Digital Technologies and the Internet’ 2013, looking specifically at the role of photography in the networked world. Arabella has, with colleagues, been instrumental in setting up NEPN (http://www.northeastphoto.net), a regional photography development and research agency, which encourages and engages the development of debate around high quality, critically engaged photography. Arabella is Professor of Photography and Academic Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries, University of Sunderland. www.photography-at-sunderland.co.uk/ArabellaPlouviezweb/index.html

For her talk Arabella will present ‘Alzheimer’s: A Quiet Story’ which considers how, through the confusion of Alzheimer’s disease, the everyday becomes out of reach, the immediate gets lost and the individual works hard to understand the confusion of others. This work takes a domestic environment which has been lived in for a lifetime and the medium of photography which we so often use as our memory to explore some of the ways in which our brains get lost through this illness.

 

Marjolaine Ryley

Marjolaine Ryley has exhibited and published her work both nationally and internationally including exhibitions at Impressions Gallery, Bradford, Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow, The Palacio des Artes, Porto and Wolverhampton Art Gallery, West Midlands. Publications include ‘Villa Mona – A Proper Kind of House’ Trace, 2006 and ‘Growing up in the New Age’ Daylight, 2013. Ryley’s recent publication ‘The Thin Blue Line, The Deep Red Sea’, NEPN, 2015 explores the often invisible experience of miscarriage through photography and creative writing. This project was funded through Arts Council England and was undertaken in collaboration with The Miscarriage Association Charity where she undertook a year as their Artist in Residence. Ryley is currently working on a new Arts Council Funded project ‘A Gardener’s Daughter’ in collaboration with Dilston Physic Garden, NGCA and The National Trust, exploring the relationship between gardens/plants and health/well-being. www.agardenersdaughterblog.wordpress.com

Ryley’s work is held in the collections of the V&A and Serralves museum. www.marjolaineryley.co.uk

For her talk Marjolaine will discuss the development of her work ‘The Thin Blue Line, The Deep Red Sea’ which examines the ways miscarriage and pregnancy loss have been explored (and ignored) in arts and culture.

 

Chairs

Dr Carol McKay is Senior Lecturer in History and Theory of Photography at the University of Sunderland and Programme Manager of the North East Photography Network. Carol led the team that recently won the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence at the Higher Education Academy for NEPN’s work with the Northern Centre of Photography.

Nicky Bird is an artist whose work considers the contemporary relevance of found photographs, and hidden histories of specific sites, investigating how they remain resonant. In varying ways she incorporates new photography with oral histories, genealogy, and collaborations with people who have a significant connection to the original site, archive or artefact. From 2007, her work has become increasingly preoccupied with the themes of photography, archives, land & narratives of placemaking. These narratives often include the ‘unmaking’ of place whether through economic decline and regeneration.

 

The Northern Charter is a space for contemporary art in Newcastle upon Tyne. The Northern Charter is an artist-led organisation and we provide spaces for artists and art organisations to make, show and curate contemporary art.
The Northern Charter is based in Commercial Union House in Newcastle city centre. We have created thirteen workspaces and a project space within this purpose built office building. The Northern Charter is developing a public programme of events that will support and encourage thinking and talking about contemporary art. Our project space is a large and flexible creative space and will be used for performances, talks, screenings and other events. www.thenortherncharter.org

The Family Ties Network is a research group of artists, filmmakers and writers who explore memory, space, place and the family in photography and moving image. Through events, conferences, exhibitions and publications, they aim to investigate a range of issues, encompassing the visual representation of family memories, the family album, oral history, bereavement, displacement, estrangement and the family home. Co-ordinators of The Family Ties Network include Dr. Suze Adams (University of the West of England), Nicky Bird (Glasgow School of Art), Jacqueline Butler (Manchester Metropolitan University), Rosy Martin (Independent artist/researcher), Lizzie Thynne (Sussex University) and Dr. Sally Waterman (Ravensbourne, London).
https://familytiesnetwork.wordpress.com

 

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