Liz Gorman, Unearthed
Exhibition Dates: 1 February - 1 March 2020
Bringing together documentary and alternative photography, Unearthed is a project made in collaboration with members of the Mudlarking community in London. ‘Mudlarkers’ scour the foreshore of the Thames in search for historic artefacts and treasures, using a keen eye and an extensive knowledge of historical London. Accompanying mudlarkers on their expeditions, black and white photographic paper was used to document their finds. The objects were laid on top of the paper, exposed to the sun, stained with Thames mud and washed in river water, producing indexical records of these expeditions into the past.
This body of work plays with the boundaries between documentary photography and abstract image-making. While the close detail of the objects may be obscured, the process in which the prints were made provide a ‘real life’ scale and texture to the images. They are unique prints, the exact conditions in which they were created impossible to reproduce.
Liz Gorman is a photographic artist specialising in cameraless photographic processes and documentary photography. Her work explores the ways in which documentary images are made, with a focus on community identity and artistic political discourse. Originally from Liverpool, she graduated from Camberwell College of Arts in 2012. She is a co-director at The Gate Darkroom based in Thames-side Studios. www.lizgormanphotography.co.uk @lizmakesphotos
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