Studioscape / Landskrona Fotofestival 8 - 17 Sept Mandy Barker & Maija Tammi

  • © Mandy Barker - notebooks
    © Mandy Barker - notebooks
  • © Mandy Barker from the Series Beyond Drifting: Imperfectly Known Animals
    © Mandy Barker from the Series "Beyond Drifting: Imperfectly Known Animals"
  • © Maija Tammi - Hydra
    © Maija Tammi - Hydra

East Wing at 
Landskrona Foto Festival, Sweden

Studioscape8 – 17 September 2017

Mandy Barker                                                      Maija Tammi
Beyond Drifting:                                                  White Rabbit Fever 

Imperfectly Known Animals                               & Volunteer 4

The artist’s studio is an incubator of ideas. It’s the nucleus / ground zero where creative processes develop into visual actualities. A sacred space for exploration, it is also a haven for daydreaming, procrastination and failure. At times filled with the irritation of uncertainty and frustration, the studio can equally be an electric hive of activity where time and discovery culminate into a fully realized work of art.

For artists Mandy Barker and Maija Tammi, the studio truly resembles a laboratory, as both collaborate with scientists in the making of their work. In-depth research plays an integral role in the development of their artistic practice. In their latest series, each investigates microscopic creatures real and imagined. In
Beyond Drifting: Imperfectly Known Animals, Mandy Barker envisions plastic marine debris as plankton to illustrate the fact that plastic has infiltrated every level of our food chain. Maija Tammi studies cells that have the potential to live forever. In her series, White Rabbit Fever & Volunteer 4, she contrasts these with the finite mortality of flesh, exposing how beauty and disgust are ever present in our natural world.

Studioscape brings together Mandy and Maija’s most recent projects in an exhibition that explores the link between the artist studio and the gallery space. The inclusion of a facsimile of their working spaces and methods equally examines the role of curator as a translator and reveals the thinking that stands
behind their work.

Mandy Barker – Beyond Drifting: Imperfectly Known Animals
Mandy continues her study on plastic pollution and its deadly infiltration into our environment. Since the end of the Second World War, man has manufactured enough plastic to completely coat the Earth in Clingfilm. There is no longer any part of the globe that is free of plastic waste; the total amount of plastic produced since 1950 is close to 5 billion tonnes and its very likely to reach 30 billion by the end of the century.

For Beyond Drifting: Imperfectly Known Animals, Mandy travelled to Ireland and Cork Harbour, shadowing in the footsteps of John Vaughn Thompson a marine biologist from England who in the 1880’s studied plankton in this same spot. Today the same species of plankton Thompson studied is now ingesting plastic, proving that no part of our civilization is free of this insidious material. 

Maija Tammi – White Rabbit Fever & Volunteer 4
Maija Tammi’s photographs, sculptures and installations converse with science and aesthetics, disgust and fascination. In her practice she balances visual metaphors for the process of death, decay and immortality against each other; raising more complex issues surrounding definitions of each. She is obsessively interested in the physical and abstract places where seeing approaches a limit.

To explore how disease assaults our conception of time, Maija studies (and sometimes grows with the help of scientists) biologically immortal cancer cells lines, which have the potential to divide eternally. White Rabbit Fever is an archetype of a disease that she imposes to balance and re-interpret definitions of life and death, exposing its fluidity. Tammi's new ongoing project Volunteer 4 (hydra) pivots around the failed and successful attempts at keeping the biologically immortal hydra alive and examining their regeneration.

Also exhibiting at Landskrona Foto Festival: 
Cortis & Sonderegger, Caleb Charland and Lina Hashim

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