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Vicki Thornton

Senior Lecturer, BA (Hons) Photojournalism and Documentary Photography
London College of Communication
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Vicki Thornton is Senior Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Photojournalism and Documentary Photography course at London College of Communication and also teaches on the BA (Hons) Performance: Design and Practice at Central Saint Martins.

As a visual artist and filmmaker working between the cinema and the gallery, Vicki’s work combines documentary and fiction filmmaking approaches to examine relationships between site, memory, performance and identity. She received her MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art, London in 2011 and is currently in the final stages of a PhD in Film Practice at Queen Mary, University of London.

Her doctoral thesis – which has been supported by Creative Europe (MEDIA), the British Council and House of Europe – examines processes of theatrical reenactment in post-2014 Ukraine through hybrid documentary, performance and socially engaged art practices.

Vicki was selected for the British Council Ukraine, Sheffield Doc/Fest and Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival’s DocWorks UA/UK programme for emerging British and Ukrainian filmmakers in 2016 and was artist-in-residence at IZOLYATSIA Platform for Cultural Initiatives, Kyiv as part of the British Council and the Liverpool Biennial’s SWAP UK/Ukraine artists’ residency programme in autumn 2017.

She has previously undertaken residencies at Château de Sacy, France (2013) and at Lo Schermo Dell’Arte Film Festival in Florence as part of the inaugural VISIO European Workshop on Artists’ Cinema (2012).

Recent presentations of her work have taken place at the Royal College of Art, London (2020); The British Film Institute, London (2019); Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle (2018) and Yermilov Centre, Kharkiv (2018). Her work has also been selected for festivals and markets including Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic (2017); Sheffield Doc/Fest, UK and Docudays UA, Kyiv, Ukraine (awarded the KWA Sound Production Prize); PÖFF Black Nights, Tallinn, Estonia (awarded the Screen International Award); DOKLeipzig, Germany; Cambridge Film Festival, UK; Alchemy Moving Image Festival, Scotland; and Clermont-Ferrand, France (all 2016).

Vicki has over eighteen years’ experience managing complex contemporary art and moving image projects for high profile visual artists, Isaac Julien CBE, Chris Ofili CBE, Reza Aramesh and Angus Fairhurst, and for leading contemporary art gallery, White Cube.

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