Dr Corinne Silva
Dr Corinne Silva is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Photography and the Archive Research Centre, University of the Arts London.
Corinne Silva’s practice explores the use of the still and moving image in suggesting metaphysical space. Her quiet, meditative visual language engages with the potentials and restrictions of lens-based media and the evolving relationship between politics, landscape and art histories.
These themes are developed through video and photographic wall installations that explore the intersection between botanical and urban landscapes. Silva forms imaginary landscapes that connect ideas of human mobility and porous frontiers to translate, re-organise and re-construct material landscape. These highly mediated spaces between the imaginative and the material operate as a medium for questioning the canonical idea of human separation still deeply embedded in lens-based landscape traditions.
The barely detectable markers of boundary in landscapes and cityscapes that nevertheless shape human experience form a major focus of Silva’s enquiries. In her site-specific and photographic wall installations, Silva maps a new aesthetics of landscape while drawing on early traditions. Frances Frith’s nineteenth-century representations of the Holy Land, Walker Evans’ use of American vernacular architecture as a cultural signifier, and the New Topographics’ series of human-made landscapes are some of the ideas that resonate throughout Silva’s practice.
While her work emerges out of late twentieth-century critical and conceptual theories on landscape practice, Silva subverts these visual languages by avoiding both the disinterested gaze and the ‘monumental’ landscape. Instead, fragmentation acts as her language in both still and moving image works to create new narrative possibilities. This fragmentation disrupts traditional modes of landscape image production and refuses a definitive or authoritarian position.
In her video works, Silva explores individuals living on thresholds, caught in transit or stasis. Through the use of allegory and affect, she connects the physical territory with subjective internal landscapes. Narratives of landscape, historical events and personal histories merge in these works, expressed through layerings of image and sound. Through her photographic and video installations Silva constructs subjective threshold states, opening up new possibilities to consider the relationship between landscape and inhabitant, between the material and the imaginary, and between visual art and invisible conditions.
Recent group and solo exhibitions include I See Europe! Kunstbezirk, Stuttgart (2013); Brighton Photo Biennial (2012); The Photographer’s Gallery, (2012); Flash Forward festival, Toronto and Boston (2011/2012); Wandering Abroad, National Media Museum/Ways of Looking Festival, Bradford, UK (2011); Imported Landscapes, Manifesta 8, (2010); Badlands, Noorderlicht Photofestival (2010); Wandering Abroad, Leeds Art Gallery, UK (2009). Most recently she won the Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Award (2010 and 2011). In 2014 she will be resident artist at the A.M. Qattan Foundation, Ramallah, and will have solo exhibitions at Makan contemporary art space, Amman, Jordan, and Ffotogallery, Wales.