The Ken Project Archive & Moose Commission
Open on Tuesdays from 12 noon - 2pm, other times by appointment.
Private view, refreshments and short talk on Tuesday 7 March 4.30-7pm
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PARCspace, Room W224, LCC
Elephant & Castle
London, SE1 6SB
During the making of Ken. To be destroyed, Sara Davidmann and Val Williams created an archive which preserves and describes the process of creating the book (published in 2016 by Schilt, Amsterdam) and the exhibition, which opened at the Schwules Museum in Berlin in 2016, co-curated by Val Williams and Robin Christian, and which was the genesis of the 2017 Moose on the Loose Biennale of Research exhibition, installed in the upper Gallery at LCC. While the exhibition and publication were based on the Davidmann family archive, this new repository illustrates the ways in which Davidmann and Williams, as author and editor /co-curator respectively, navigated the contents of the archive, wrote narrative and biographical texts and managed relationships with external organizations and individuals. It also describes the various collaborations which make up the project, between artist and curators/editor, publishers and designers, external organizations and artists who have responded to the work. The archive has been proactively collected and assembled from the beginning of the project, is stored in the Archive Room at the Photography and the Archive Research Centre at LCC and could be of relevance to researchers/students in curatorship, photography, family archives, photobook production and gender and sexuality studies.
This first exhibition will display the annotated layout sheets created by Val and Sara while working at the Victor Levie studio in Amsterdam, test strips from the photo seriesThe Dress and the handmade dummy made by Sara and Val during one of the many research sessions held in PARC and at Sara’s studio in 2014-15.
The exhibition is the first part of an exploration of this new archive, and will eventually include a film and a workshop for students. Following the success of Alexander Cooper’s 2015 Moose Commission 6 Arctic Animals, Moose has invited him to produce a new set of works responding to Ken. To be destroyed Archive..
This new series will be shown at PARCspace to coincide with the Ken Project archive exhibition and will also be launched at the Moose Book Launch on 2 March. Alex will introduce his work on the night and will also take place in the Moose book launch on 2 March.
It has been funded by the UAL Dean of Students as part of UAL’s commitment to diversity and by the UAL Photography and the Archive Research Centre and is a PARC project. The archive is accessible by appointment, contact Melanie King at email@example.com
Find out more about PARC: www.photographyresearchcentre.co.uk
Find out more about Sara at: www.saradavidmann.com
Find out more about Val at: www.vwilliams.uk
Find out more about Melanie at: www.melaniek.co.uk
Find out more about Schwules Museum at: www.schwulesmuseum.de
Find out more about Graham Goldwater at: www.arts.ac.uk/lcc/people/technical-staff/graham-goldwater