Skelton, Pam (2005) Burning Poems. [Show/Exhibition]
|Type of Research:||Show/Exhibition|
'Burning Poems' was a solo exhibition composed of a three-channel video installation based on events that took place from 1938-1946 in the home of the great Russian poet Anna Akhmatova, now the 'Anna Akhmatova Museum' in St. Petersburg.
The three projections which make up the installation are composed in terms of a mediation on the moving image, counter memory and space. The work is a poetic reconstruction of three events in Akhmatova’s life in the Fountain House between 1938-1941.
The work was researched and filmed in St. Petersburg over two years and explores artistic censorship and surveillance in the soviet union through a close reading of Akhmatova’s life at the Fountain House based on extracts from texts by Lydia Chukovskaya, Isaiah Berlin, Nina Popova and Nadezda Mandlestam. Shown in the intimate space of the Akhmatova Museum and the large exhibition hall at Project Fabrika the work in each case uses space as a means of articulation in visual terms, focusing on the personal and intimate imagined reconstructions of events and moments in the poet’s life.
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Spatial and temporal displacement, the expanded archive, memory, history, conflict and space that explores the interface of private and public memory in still and moving media.
Current research activity includes a Speculative AHRC project ‘Archive of Exile’ with Cultural Geographer Jessica Dubow. This project explores the theoretical and creative possibilities of two apparently contradictory concepts: the exile (understood as a mode of thought informed by radical spatial mobility) and the archive (figured as a key institution of a national or territorial political imaginary. Ongoing research includes ‘Dwelling in the Space of Conspiracy’ an extended examination that has emerged from the recent AHRC project ‘Conspiracy Dwellings, the Stasi Ring Unveiled’. This project began with a study of the topography of surveillance in a former East German city and extends its parameters by investigating the ethical and cultural boundaries that impact on political archives and citizens. I am co-editor with Outi Remes on the book forthcoming Conspiracy Dwellings – Surveillance in Contemporary Art, in 2010. Currently, I am researching a new project that focuses on an Anglo Soviet archive and asks how can it contribute to our understanding and interpretation of ideas and culture and prevent certain histories from being marginalised or lost.
|Your affiliations with UAL:||Colleges > Central Saint Martins|
|Date:||1 November 2005|
|Funders:||British Council, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design|
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|Date Deposited:||04 Dec 2009 14:10|
|Last Modified:||26 Sep 2011 12:47|
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