4 - 8 February 2019
This February, artist Maria Amidu will be exploring how parts of her new writing project, air, might be translated into an audio visual installation.
air documents the critical moments after a tragic family death in East London in the early 1970s. It comprises three sections and 1973 has been created out of Part One (condition fragments traces).
The installation puts projected photographic images of objects and places from the 1970s to the present day, alongside recordings of texts from the book. These spoken passages have been made by readers who have been invited by the artist because of their personal or professional relationship to the writing.
By drawing on her personal archive and current research concerning this family event, Maria is substantiating a deeply emotional aspect of her own family history for the first time. As well as exploring the writer as artist/artist as writer dynamic, she is interested in how the feelings she has experienced can somehow become part of a wider, and perhaps helpful, conversation about death.
air and 1973 are supported by and Arts Council England, Developing Your Creative Practice Award.
Maria Amidu is a visual artist whose practice centres around the social relationships between people mediated through objects and places. She examines public and personal collections and sites of memory to make work collectively with groups of children and/or adults. She is drawn to what is hidden, obscured or less obvious in varying historical and contemporaneous situations and makes work to try and substantiate myriad lived experiences. Maria is a graduate of the Royal College of Art in glass and ceramics, and exhibited nationally and internationally as a maker before pursuing a social practice.