FIGURES OF FOLK
09 Feb - 30 Apr 2015
A PARC collaboration with LCC Green Week and the Museum of British Folklore.
Showing Monday 9 February – Thursday 30 April 2015.
Open Tuesday and Thursday 12—2pm and informally during each weekday.
Opening party Monday 9 February 2015, 4.30-6.30pm, including Simon Costin (Director, the Museum of British Folklore) short talk, plus Graham Goldwater on photographing museum objects
A collaboration between London College of Communication, the UAL Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC) and the Museum of British Folklore, Figures of Folk explores ongoing traditions through a series of large format photographs by Graham Goldwater of objects associated with British folklore, alongside letterpress posters created by LCC students, inspired by ancient phrases and words.
In 2009, Simon Costin, the Director of the Museum of British Folklore, put out a call to the nation’s Morris sides to replicate their team kit in miniature, as handmade dolls. The response has been overwhelming, with nearly three hundred sides participating in the creation of a physical archive.
Together with the Morris dolls, The Museum of British Folklore owns a collection of jig dolls – articulated wooden figures which were used by street performers to create a rhythmic beat and movement, mimicking traditional folk dance. Both collections have been photographed by Graham Goldwater, exploring the ways in which the photographic image both documents museum objects and extends their meaning and reach. Both object and photograph become an artefact of dancing and celebration which has taken place in Britain for nearly five hundred years.
As a temporal equivalent, letterpress has also been in continuous existence since 15th century and the work produced by LCC students, Oliver Zandi, Stefania Lucchesi and Vaida Klimaviciute, pays homage to this tradition. Much as Morris dancing has grown in popularity after an earlier decline, the letterpress was superseded by industrial and digital methods of printing. Today, Morris now has over eight hundred active sides and letterpress has seen a huge resurrection of interest.
Both of these activities represent a means of reaching out and connecting to the old ways. But, rather than being a purely nostalgic exercise, their acknowledgment of a rich, deep-rooted past serves to highlight the value of continuity in building a stronger future.
The Museum of British Folklore was founded by art director and curator, Simon Costin in 2009 and aims to be the first permanent centre to explore and celebrate folk culture in the UK. For further information, and to find out how to support the project, please go to:www.museumofbritishfolklore.com
UAL Photography and the Archive Research Centre operates PARCspace at the London College of Communication, where it stages a running programme of exhibitions and events, as well as publishing, initiating research, working with its archives, and collaborating with external partners. Its Biennale of Research, Moose on the Loose, will open in May 2015. More information on PARC at: www.photographyresearchcentre.co.uk
The exhibition will be accompanied by an edition of ‘Fieldstudy’ published twice a year by PARC since 2002.
Please RSVP to Melanie King: firstname.lastname@example.org