Exchanges: Dialogues, Hesitation & Creation
What is your tutor up to? OCA Programme Leader, Gina Lundy.
In the summer of 2017 I was approached by the Feminist Photography Network and asked to take part in a pilot online residency. Other participants in the residency include: Ida Arentoft, Hannah Laycock, Jennifer Long, Sarah Mangialardo, Margaret Mitchell, Clare Samuel, Kate Schneider, Arpita Shah, and Stacey Tyrell
The concept was simple, every month you were asked to submit work in progress for critique to a private online blog platform, one week later you would receive a response from another residency participant. Often the work was unresolved, posing further questions, expressing frustration at lack of progress but the deadline made the work happen. During this period, I was able to maintain a conversation about the ongoing work I was creating within my immediate environment – such trains of thought are not easy to sustain when you’re at home looking after small children and this was the beauty in the simplicity of this approach.
All of the photographers who took part are what might be termed ‘mid-career’ and what became both evident and reassuring was both the similarity in our experiences despite the diversity in our situations. There was a liberation in identifying and sharing the creative process. Our monthly exchanges were fruitful, the deadlines served to focus the critique and forced you to make time to reflect on your work within a supportive ongoing dialogue.
A final output for our work wasn’t envisioned at the outset, but when we were approached to take part in the BRAVE festival in Toronto this month, we jumped at it.
Organised by FPN founders, Jenn Long and Clare Samuel, with the help of Alana West, the exhibition, Exchanges: Dialogues, Hesitation & Creation is on show at The Harbourfront Arts Centre, Toronto, June 23 – September 26 2018.
More here: http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/visualarts/2018/fpn-exchanges/
Feminist Photography Network (FPN) is a nexus for research on the relationship between gender and lens-based media. Using grassroot approaches, FPN focuses on community-building, production support, exposure, and critical research for Feminist-minded photographers. This is the first online residency they have organized.
Wildfires is a network for women in Scotland who work in and with photography.
Gina Lundy is a Bristol-born photographer (1979) based in Glasgow. She studied Documentary Photography at Newport University (MFA, 2009) and recently completed a Master of Research in Creative Practices at The Glasgow School of Art (2017).
Lundy has exhibited in groups shows in London (The AOP, PEER, Hackney Downs, Mile End Pavilion), Glasgow (Glasgow Women’s Library), Brighton (Brighton Photography Biennial), Cardiff (Ffoto Gallery) and Bristol (Spike Island). She is the programme leader for the Photography BA (Hons) at the Open College of The Arts, UK, a non-profit educational charity whose charitable purpose is to widen participation in arts education through open and flexible distance learning methods.