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 Photography and the Archive Research Centre, University of the Arts London. 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.

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

She received a Triangle International Fellowship (2014); was artist-in-residence at A.M. Qattan Foundation Ramallah, (2013 and 2014); Kaunas Photography Gallery, Lithuania, (2014); and Aktuelle Architektur Der Kultur, Centro Negra, Murcia, Spain (2015). She was nominated for the FOAM Paul Huf Award and was a Mac First Book Award finalist (2012).

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. The artist explores these interrelations through a direct and immediate engagement with the territories she visits, on journeys through Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. 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. Silva explores these themes by means of photography and video, often combined in the format of an installation, as well as integrating the elements of performance. The artist responds to landscape in an embodied and subjective manner, thereby rejecting objective point of view, in order to create new narrative possibilities that disrupt traditional modes of the visualisation of landscape.

The territories Silva explores tend to lie between the global north and south, east and west, leading her to confront the difficult legacies of colonialism as well as the effects of global migration. For example, in Imported Landscapes (2010) Silva placed photographs depicting Moroccan landscapes on billboards across the Spanish region of Murcia, thereby highlighting connections that have historically bound these two countries, be it through trade, colonial expansion, or cultural exchanges, and which have taken today a new meaning in view of global migration. In Silva’s video works, such as Wandering Abroad (2009) and Seekers (2015), the issue of boundaries and migration is explored with relation to individuals who exist in transitory states. Silva has also explored the question of mobility with regards to plants. Most recently, as part of Silva+Sajovic Studio, Silva collaboratively developed a practice that seeks to recognise the animate in plants and the vegetable in animals in order to dismantle the hierarchy between humans and plants. 

Project awards, and grants

Awards, bursaries, residencies

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