HOMESICK (2015) Diffusion International Photography Festival, Ffotogallery, Cardiff http://diffusionfestival.org/artists/karen-ingham
‘Homesick’ takes the form of a series of interconnected journeys; remembered and post-remembered, iterated and re-iterated. A digital film and photographs from recent train journeys from Swansea back to Lancashire contest a short film clip and stills from my 1990 semi-autobiographical film ‘Salvation Guaranteed’, which recounts the sense of aimlessly driving along Route 66. Set alongside these are family archive images made by using custard powder directly in contact with the photographic surface, which resembles a kind of viral infection, a symbolic manifestation of the nostalgic disease. These are printed on tissue, the kind used to wipe your mouth after being sick.
‘States of Mind’ (2015) at FACT (the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology Liverpool, with AHRC-RCA Creative Exchange project. Lead designer Ben Koslowski, RCA-CX PhD student. ‘States of Mind’ (https://vimeo.com/122330273) is a collaborative hybrid-design project between design practitioners, academic contributors and a cultural organisation, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The project formed part of FACT Liverpool’s ‘Group Therapy’ exhibition. As a new commission for FACT Liverpool, the project offered a hybrid analog-digital platform that allowed visitors to the gallery to represent and share their individual states-of-mind in response to the question “What does your mental health look like right now?” It provided a new way of engaging gallery visitors with the exhibition subject matter on mental distress in a digital age.
‘Hybrid LIves Co-Working Space’ (2014) at the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) Liverpool. One of the key projects for FACT’s 2013-14 international exhibition ‘Time and Motion: Re-Defining Working Life’. As part of the AHRC-Creative Exchange project, I worked alongside PhD research students and professional architects from the RCA Helen Hamlyn Research Centre to design and build an interactive co-working space for the exhibition, which will remain a permanent feature. Also produced original video artworks for the site including a montaged live mix. For details go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGV4_czRusU
‘Keeper’ (Curated by Bella Kerr) at The Mission Gallery, Swansea, April 2013. An interdisciplinary exhibition exploring architectural and metaphysical interpretations of domestic space in relation to ‘reading’ and ‘making’. With artists Bella Kerr, Kathryn Faulkner, Jane Randell. Ongoing and website under construction.
‘Between: Embodiment and Identity’ at Somerset House East Wing, London, April to July 2012, with artist’s Susan Aldworth and Andrew Carnie in collaboration with neurobiologist Dr. Richard Wingate and KCL
‘Wonder Chamber’, retrospective exhibition with Ffotogallery, Cardiff, March 9th – April 13th 2012, with accompanying 66 page publication and programme of public events
‘Cultures of Collecting’ conference at Leiden University and the Boerhaave Museum Ledien. Screening of ‘Narrative Remains’ and artist’s talk
Venice: VENDING MACHINE – An Installation. Group show at Serra dei Giardini & Microclima and Galleria Perella di Laura Osten – Venice 15-30 September 2011
Conference presentation and screening of ‘Narrative Remains’ at Moving Image and Institution: Cinema and the Museum in the 21st Century, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, July 2011
Conference presentation of ‘Pollinator Frocks’ at the Sixth International Conference on The Arts In Society, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Berlin, Germany, May 2011
SCANZ 2011: Eco Sapiens – Creative Residency, Symposium and Exhibition, New Zealand, and at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery New Plymouth NZ. Supported by Wales Arts International, Intercreate.org and Swansea Metropolitan University
September 2010 Screening of ‘Narrative Remains’ and conference presentation at the Medical Museum Copenhagen as part of the European Association of Museums of Medical History Conference
September 2010 Screening of ‘Narrative Remains’ at University of Tartu Medical Collections of The Faculty of Medicine Museum
June 2010 Screening of ‘Narrative Remains’ and conference paper by Dr. Simon Chaplin at The British Records Association Conference ‘Researching Lives: Medicine, Science and Archives’
October-December 2009 ‘Narrative Remains’, at The Royal College of Surgeons Hunterian Museum London. Funded by The Wellcome Trust Arts Awards: film, publication, site-specific exhibition and programme of public events.
April-May 2009 ‘Drink to Remember’ in The New Botanists, group exhibition exploring the links between botany and bioscience at The Cardiff School of Biosciences.
April 2009 Technarte International Congress on Art & Technology, Bilbao Spain: screening of Vanitas: Seed-Head (2005/6) and Fragile Mass (2008)
July 2008 – November 2009 Awarded Wellcome Trust Arts Awards to create collaborative site-specific artworks, film, publication, and programme of public events, Narrative Remains, with The Royal College of Surgeons Hunterian Museum in London (with additional funding from the Hunterian).
September – November 2008 Body of work from the series Unnatural Histories shown in group exhibition Unreliable Truths: Transformations and Illusion in Contemporary Photographic Practice at the Glynn Vivian art Gallery, Swansea, curated by Karen MacKinnon with a publication, forward by photo theorist Susan Bright.
March 2008 Premier of Fragile Mass, photographic exhibition and DVD artwork at Oriel Y Lle Gallery, Swansea. Made in collaboration with marine biologist Dr. Emily Roberts, Fragile Mass is part of the group show Reasoned Uncertainties: innovations in art, science and technology funded by the Knowledge Exploitation Fund (KEF).
November 2007 Enter3 Festival of Arts, Sciences and Technologies. Exhibition of Vanitas: Seed-Head, time-based DVD artwork, Stone Bell House, Prague as part of the group exhibition ‘Unsafe Distance’ with Stelarc etal.
June 2005 – Oct. 2006 Seeds of Memory, Arts & Humanities Research Council ‘Sciart Research Fellowship’ with Cardiff University School of Biosciences, Neuroscience Research Group. Outputs of research include publication and national touring exhibition including: The Natural History Galleries at the National Museum and Gallery of Wales The Oxford Botanic Gardens The National Botanical Gardens of Wales
Nov – Dec 2006 Specimen: site-specific installation of bio-botanical artworks with funding from Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, at The Old Operating Theatre Museum London.
April 2005 ‘Artist in Residence’, durational installation and webcast and exhibition of Vanitas: Seed-Head, The Waag, Amsterdam, with funding from Wales Arts International
Sept. 2003- July 2004 Anatomy Lessons (The Wellcome Trust & The Arts & Humanities Research Board) Programme of exhibitions, installations, publication and public lectures: Teatro Anatomico, Padua National Museum and Gallery of Wales, Cardiff Cardiff School of Biosciences Dissecting Rooms Guy’s Dissecting Rooms at Kings College, London The Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine, London The Old Operating Theatre Museum, London Edinburgh Anatomy Museum The Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh
November 2002 HaHa: Margam Re-visited, co-curator, exhibitor, coordinator and co-editor of publication and exhibition with Ffotogallery and Artworks Wales. Exhibition at The Orangery, Margam Castle Nov 2002 and publication with SEREN Books.
January 2001 – December 2003 Death’s Witness, exhibition and publication with Ffotogallery Wales Ffotogallery, Cardiff Mission Gallery, Swansea Michael Tippet Centre, Bath
Sept-October 2003 Elsewhere, group show, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery Swansea with ISBN catalogue
February 2001 Digital Cadaver in group exhibition of ‘New Welsh Contemporaries Milano’ at Galleria Communale, Milan, Italy (Wales Arts International)
January 2000 Just Another Day Ffotogallery and Millennium Fund, U.K. touring exhibition; commission involved working as artist in residence at Morriston Hospital, Swansea
March 2000 Paradise Park, exhibition with Glynn Vivian Art Gallery Swansea and programme of public artworks and publication with Seren Books
Sept-Oct 2000 ‘Memory and Transformation’ split-screen video projection in International group exhibition of site-specific works, Locws International, and ISBN publication with Wales Arts International
November 2000 ‘West’ 1st Wales Ffotobiennial , Ffotogallery Cardiff, UK touring with publication
1999 Street Portraits Site-specific, large-scale public arts project. Commissioned by the Centre For Visual Arts, Cardiff
1998 Ffresh, New Welsh Contemporary Arts, group show, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff
1997–99 Lost Photographic installation and exhibition with: Ffotogallery, Cardiff Portfolio Gallery, Edinburgh Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea Feature review by Val Williams in Portfolio Journal of Contemporary Photography, No. 27, June 1998, ISSN 1345 4446. In 2006 ‘Lost’ was used as one of the national GCSE study subjects for the photography exam paper.
1997-98 Women On Men, Denbigshire CC and ACW touring group show
1997 Broads Perspectives: Once Upon A Time, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; group exhibition of film works
1996 City Limits, exhibition, publication, conference, Staffordshire University
1995-1997 Diverse Signals, group show, Ffotogallery Cardiff and touring
1994 Making Light Work: National Festival of Women Photographers, Stoke
1994 John Kobal Portrait Awards, National Portrait Gallery, London and Royal Photographic Society, Bath
1994 Caustic Soda, solo exhibition with funding from ACW. Involved working as artist in residence at the Magadi soda lakes, Kenya: Metro Gallery, Derby Watershed, Bristol
1988/89 My Family – My History – My Self, group show, Untitled Gallery, Sheffield and touring
1987-88 Photographs From A Resident Alien Focal Point Gallery, Nottingham Axiom Gallery Cheltenham