October 2017

sea level 03_Mandy Williams

Sea Level 03 (c) Mandy Williams 2017

I was happy to find out last month that my photograph Sea Level 03 had been selected for The London Group Open exhibition. The exhibition is in two parts, and I’ll be exhibiting in Part II, which runs 22 November – 1 December at the Cello Factory, SE1. Really looking forward to seeing the show.

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Since August I’ve been photographing on location in Sussex for a new project, returning to places that I knew and wrote about in my diary when I was a teenager, in some cases leaving the pages for someone to find. I’ve used my old diaries before in a project called Re-Collect, and in both cases it’s not been about nostalgia – though it is strange to revisit places after such a long time – but more a process of ‘mapping one history over another’, intentionally destroying something from the past to create something new. I’ll post some more from this series in a couple of months.

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Early this month I went to the Frieze Art Fair and was later invited by Fleur & Arbor, an online platform for showcasing the work of emerging photographers and supporting female artists, to contribute some photographs and a small intro to their blog. It has been published here.

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After wanting to visit the Venice Biennale for several years, I finally got there last weekend. I hadn’t visited Venice in the autumn since I was a student but the mist and shimmering light brought back a lot of memories and it was a wonderful visit. Not a lot of time to experience the Biennale but saw as much as possible. Particularly liked Phyllida Barlow at the British Pavilion, Anne Imhof’s Faust at the German Pavilion, and Dirk Braeckman at Belgian Pavilion but other favourites included Vajiko Chachkhiani, Georgian Pavilion, Jason deCaires Taylor, Grenada Pavilion and Egill Sæbjörnsson, Icelandic Pavilion.

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