BiographyCorinne Silva is a London-based visual artist using photography, video works and collaboration to disrupt prevalent modes of the visualisation of landscape. Silva understands landscape to be a complex interrelation of culture, geography, politics and botany, living beings and inanimate matter. While Silva’s work is informed by historic precedents in landscape photography, she seeks a visual language that privileges fragmentation and interrelationships rather than an all-encompassing overview, responding to place in an embodied and subjective manner to create new narrative possibilities that disrupt traditional modes of the visualisation of landscape.
She is Research Fellow at the University of the Arts London's 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 2014.
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).
Grants and awards
(Figures indicate amount awarded to UAL)
- Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, Research Support Grant, £2,000.00
- Arts and Humanities Research Council, PhD studentship
- Silva C. Night Circuits
- Williams V, Silva C. Lines in the Landscape: Ruins and Reveals in Britain (2018)
- Silva C. Garden State (2016)
Conference, Symposium or Workshop item
- Williams V, Silva C. The Re-making of the English Landscape: in the footsteps of WG Hoskins and FL Attenborough’ (2017)
- Silva C, Sajovic E. Beating The Bounds (2016)
Current research students
- Marta Andreu, New dramaturgy models for representing reality (Joint supervisor)
- Margareta Kern, Nervous Systems: how can the essay film envision an infrastructure of extrastatecraft (Joint supervisor)
- Boyi Betsy Sun, Expanded ethnographic cinema: How might a spatial documentary contribute to a sensory embodied representation of 1990's generational enculturated memory in China (Joint supervisor)
Animation, interactive, film and sound