Backgrounds and Backdrops

Taylor, Sarah ORCID logoORCID: and Paul, Lewis ORCID logoORCID: (2022) Backgrounds and Backdrops. [Show/Exhibition]


The output ‘Backgrounds and Backdrops’ is a curatorial research project by Taylor and Paul that brings together two short artists' films and interdisciplinary materials such as photography, painting, and domestic objects. Collaboration Contribution: This exhibition brings together works by Painter Taylor and Filmmaker Paul. The collaboration was facilitated by Tsionki. Research Process: The exhibition is an investigation into concepts of class and gender in relation to value systems in art and design practice. The two films, L’amour Pouf Du Vent, and Ghost Grey are new collaborations. The interdisciplinary practice (painting, photography and objects) forms a visual narrative thread that both responds to and links the two films both physically and conceptually. Research Insights: Backgrounds and Backdrops considers how a curated space might continue the debate around a post studio practice, the concept of working together in a shared practice, in person or remotely, and the engagement that a curated site can offer as a situation of extending practice in a transdisciplinary way. Transdisciplinary in this context considers both the expectations of medium specific engagement such as film or painting and blends, morphs and identifies new threads made good for contemporary politicised consideration in relation to class, gender and hierarchies of value. Dissemination: The exhibition was hosted at Leeds Arts University gallery B, 24th February - 27th April 2022, open to all users of the University and to the public by appointment.

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