New photographic commissions by artists Silvia Rosi and Theo Simpson will be exhibited at Jerwood Arts, London, from January 2020 as part of the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards.
Both artists explore the idea of history through their photographic practices, across themes of family, industry, identity and architecture. Over the past 12 months, supported by expert mentors, including artist Roger Palmer and curator Renée Mussai, they have created new bodies of work.
Silvia Rosi’s work explores her personal family history drawing on her Togolaise heritage, and the idea of origins. Her mother, who has been the source of inspiration for much of her previous work, plays a central role in this project, as well as her father, and their experiences of migration from Togo in West Africa to Italy. She has been informed by this history and her position as a European looking in on her family heritage. Her project is partially inspired by the West African studio portrait and also includes a visual deconstruction of head carrying techniques, a practice with its own histories, skills, rituals and aesthetics, and a strong connection to Silvia’s own family history. For this exhibition, her work will include new examples of colour and black and white photography, as well as works where she explores working with video for the first time.
Theo Simpson’s practice is drawn from the evolving environments and elements of the world we live in today, the notion of landscape is expanded through an intersect of theory, fact and myth, oscillating between topological studies, technological innovation, social analysis and a speculation of the future. The artists work navigates between real and imagined worlds; pictures of human possibility, political impulses and economic transformations. Created as self-contained pieces, the works are made by both hand and machine; principally incorporating various photographic and engineering techniques alongside a combination of other mediums and disciplines such as sculpture, drawing and printmaking.
Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2020 Exhibition
Silvia Rosi, Theo Simpson
15 January – 8 March 2020
171 Union Street
London SE1 0LN
Image: Silvia Rosi, Project 4, 2019. Image courtesy the artist.