Dr Corinne Silva

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Post Doctoral Research Fellow

London College of Communication

Biography

Corinne Silva is an artist living in London. She is Research Fellow at the University of the Arts London Photography and the Archive Research Centre, at London College of Communication. She studied BA Photography in Europe at Nottingham Trent University and Universitat de Barcelona, and MA Photography at the University of Brighton. She was the recipient of an Arts and Humanities Research Council PhD Scholarship and received her Doctorate from University of the Arts London in 2013.

She was artist-in-residence at Darat al Funun, Amman, Jordan (2016 and 2017); Aktuelle Architektur Der Kultur, Centro Negra, Murcia, Spain (2015); Kaunas Photography Gallery, Lithuania, (2014); and A.M. Qattan Foundation Ramallah, (2013 and 2014). In 2012 she was a nominee of the FOAM Paul Huf Award and the Mac First Book Award finalist. In 2014 she received a Triangle International Fellowship.

Her monograph Garden State was published in 2016 by Ffotogallery and The Mosaic Rooms. Recent group and solo exhibitions include Garden State, Ffotogallery, Cardiff, and The Mosaic Rooms, London, UK (2015); ReGeneration3, Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland; My Sister Who Travels, The Mosaic Rooms, London, UK (2014); Gardening the Suburbs, Makan Art Space, Amman, Jordan; I See Europe!, Kunstbezirk, Stuttgart, Germany (2013); Brighton Photo Biennial, UK (2012); The Photographer’s Gallery, London, UK (2012); Flash Forward Festival, Toronto (2011); Wandering Abroad, National Media Museum/Ways of Looking Festival, Bradford, UK (2011) and Leeds Art Gallery, UK (2009); Imported Landscapes, Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain (2010); Badlands, Noorderlicht Photofestival, Netherlands (2010).

Research interests

Photography, film and video and their relationship to materiality, landscape, architecture, geopolitics, with a focus on the Mediterranean and the Middle East.

Research statement

Corinne Silva's practice is concerned with landscape as a complex interrelation of culture and geography, politics and botany, living beings and inanimate matter. She explores these themes by means of photography, video, walking and mapping practices. The effect of human activity on land, geographic and political borders, migration and ecology are among the issues that are investigated in Silva’s works. The artist explores these connections through a direct and immediate engagement with the territories she visits, on journeys through Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

For Silva, questions of landscape and power also concern plant life. From her early works such as Róisín Bán (2006) to recent projects such as Wounded (2014) and Gardening the Suburbs (2013), as well as an ongoing collaboration with Eva Sajovic, resulting in residency and exhibition Plant /Life (2017), Silva examined how plants and gardens participate in the ideological conquest of territories.

While Silva’s practice is informed by historic precedents in landscape photography, she seeks a visual language that privileges fragmentation rather than an all-encompassing overview, responding to landscape in an embodied and subjective manner, thereby rejecting an objective point of view. This creates new narrative possibilities that disrupt traditional modes of the visualisation of the landscape.

Project awards, and grants

Awards, bursaries, residencies

2016 and 2017

  • Artist in Residence, Darat al Funun, Khalid Shoman Foundation, Amman

2015

  • Artist in residence, Aktuelle Architektur Der Kultur (AADK), Murcia, Spain

2014

  • Artist in residence, Kaunas Photography Gallery, Lithuania
  • Artist in residence, A.M. Qattan Foundation, Ramallah

2013

  • Artist in residence, A.M. Qattan Foundation, Ramallah

2012

  • Mac First Book Award, finalist
  • FOAM Paul Huf Award, nominee
  • Plat(f)form, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland

2011

  • Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Award
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council travel bursary

2010

  • Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Award

2009

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Award, University of the Arts London

Selected research outputs