Born in Leeds, UK in 1976, London-based artist 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 effect of human activity on land, geographic and political borders, migration and ecology are among the issues that are investigated in Silva’s works. The artist explores these connections through a direct and immediate engagement with the territories she visits, on journeys through Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. 

She explores these themes by means of photography and video, and walking and mapping practices. While Silva’s practice is informed by historic precedents in landscape photography, she seeks a visual language that privileges fragmentation rather than an all-encompassing overview, responding to landscape in an embodied and subjective manner, thereby rejecting an objective point of view. This creates new narrative possibilities that disrupt traditional modes of the visualisation of landscape.

 For Silva, questions of landscape and power also concern plant life. From her early works such as Róisín Bán (2006) to recent projects such as Wounded (2014) and Gardening the Suburbs (2013), Silva examined how plants participate in the ideological conquest of territories.   

Corinne Silva is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of the Arts London Photography and the Archive Research Centre at London College of Communication. 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).


Solo Exhibitions

2015   Garden State, Ffotogallery, Cardiff and The Mosaic Rooms, London (publication)

2014   Gardening the Suburbs, Makan Art Space, Amman, Jordan

2010   Imported Landscapes, Manifesta 8 Paralelos, Murcia, Spain

2009   Wandering Abroad, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds, UK (catalogue)

2008   Croydonisation, Museum of Croydon, London

2008   Róisín Bán, Leeds City Museum, Leeds, UK

2006   Róisín Bán, Format Photography Festival, Derby, UK; European Parliament,  Brussels;  Whitehall Waterfront, Leeds, UK (publication)                                                                                   

Two Person Exhibitions

2017 Silva+Sajovic: Plant/Lives, Darat al Funun, Amman, Jordan

2016   Silva+Sajovic: Five Hundred Flowers and the Mother Plant, Lower Gallery & PARCspace, LCC, University of the Arts London

2015   Silva+Sajovic: One Thousand Flowers From A Test Tube, 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning, London

2012   Uneven Development, with Jason Larkin, Brighton Photo Biennial, UK (catalogue)

2010   Journeys out…Journeys, with Mariele Neudecker, Leeds Art Gallery, UK

Group Exhibitions/ Screenings

2016   reGeneration3, FORMAT Festival, QUAD Gallery, Derby, UK (catalogue)

2015  reGeneration3, Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico (catalogue)

2015   Into the Light  artist video screening, London Transport Museum, UK

2015   reGeneration3, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland  (catalogue)

2015   Documenting Britain, Streetlevel Photoworks, Gallery 103, Glasgow, Scotland (catalogue) 

2014   My Sister Who Travels, Mosaic Rooms, London (catalogue)

2013   I See Europe! Kunstbezirk, Fotosommer Stuttgart 2013, Germany (catalogue)

2012   The World in London, The Photographer’s Gallery offsite exhibition

2011    Open Here, Hereford Photography Festival, UK

2011    Flash Forward Festival, Toronto, Canada & Boston, USA (catalogue)

2011    Ways of Looking photography festival, Bradford, UK (catalogue)

2010   Reading Landscape, Architectural Association, London

2010   Noorderlicht International Photofestival, Leuwarden, The Netherlands (catalogue)

2010   Flash Forward Festival, Toronto, Canada (catalogue)

2010   Projected Landscapes, Architectural Association, London

2009   Noorderlicht International Photofestival 2009, Groningen, The Netherlands (catalogue)

2009   Between the Hallucinatory and the Real, University of Brighton, UK (catalogue)         

2008   Coded, Brighton Media Centre Gallery, Brighton, UK

2008   From War to Windrush, Imperial War Museum, London

2007   Journeys of Change, Imperial War Museum, London

2006   North By North West, Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax, UK                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Selected articles and reviews

2015   Source photographic review, Source 82 - Spring 2015

2014   Aesthetica magazine, Issue 60, August / September 2014

2013   Zoom magazine, Winter 2013, #109 International Edition, Landscape Special Issue

2012   Photoworks 19 .J. Demos “Spaces of Global Capital: On the Photography of Corinne Silva and Jason Larkin” ISBN 9781903796368

2012   Visible Economies: Photography, Economic Conditions, Urban Experiences Eugenie Shinkle “Visible Economies, Invisible Topographies”  ISBN  9781903796481

2008   British Journal of Photography, 29.10.08

2006   Ag International Journal of Photographic Art and Practice, Autumn 06, Number 45

2006   Irish Arts Review, Autumn 06, Vol. 23, Issue 3

2006   Guardian G2, 10.05.06

2006   AN magazine, 05.06



2016   Garden State, Ffotogallery and The Mosaic Rooms ISBN 978-1-872771-58-8

2014   My Sister Who Travels, The Mosaic Rooms, London

2011    Ways of Looking: Evidence ISBN 0-906361-22-2

2011   Flash Forward: Emerging Photographers 2011 ISBN 9781926856032

2010   Flash Forward: Emerging Photographers 2010 ISBN 9781926856025

2010   Land: Country Life in the Urban Age, Noorderlicht Photofestival ISBN 9789076703435

2009   Wandering Abroad ISBN 9780901981837

2009   The Pursuit of Happiness, ISBN 978-90-76703-40-4

2006   Róisín Bán, ISBN 0955252903 (monograph)


Awards/ bursaries/ residencies

2016  Artist in residence, Darat al Funun, The Khalid Shoman Foundation, Amman

2015   Artist in residence, Aktuelle Architektur Der Kultur (AADK), Murcia, Spain

2014   Artist in residence, Kaunas Photography Gallery, Lithuania

2014   Artist in residence, A.M. Qattan Foundation, Ramallah

2013   Artist in residence, A.M. Qattan Foundation, Ramallah

2012    Mac First Book Award, finalist

2012   FOAM Paul Huf Award, nominated

2012   Plat(f)form, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland

2011    Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Award

2011    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

2009   University of Brighton Santander-Abbey travel bursary

2008   Arts Council England Award

2006   New Artists’ Collaborations bursary, Artist’s Information Company

2004   Home Office Connecting Communities grant

2004   Heritage Lottery Fund grant


Research and Lecturing

2014 – Post Doctoral Research Fellow, PARC, University of the Arts London

2012 – Associate Lecturer, University of the Arts London (LCC)


Artist talks / conference papers / in conversations

2016  Artist talk with Eva Sajovic and Melanie King,  University of the Arts Philosophy Society, London College of Communication

2016  Artist talk, Oluwale Now: Remembering Human Rights in an Age of Crisis, University of Leeds, with Kasia Boddy, George McKay,  Caryl                        Phillips and Gary Younge

2016   Artist talk,  Eating the Bones: an Exploration of the Politics of Planting Through an Embodied Art Ptractice, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

2015   Artist talk,  Botanical Conflicts: Colonialism, Photography and the Politics of Planting Goldsmith, University of London

2015   Artist talk,  Temporal School of Experimental Geography Symposium: Artists in the Field - Ephemeral Landscapes and Experimental Geographies, Parasol Unit, London

2015   Artist talk, Temporal School of Experimental Geography Symposium:  ‘Artists in the Field’,  as part of Explore 2015, Royal Geographical              Society

2015   Panel discussion: The Hopes in Which We Worked: UK Artists in Palestine, Judy Price, Corinne Silva and Joy Stacey, chaired by Edwin                                 Coomasaru, Fabrica, Brighton, UK

2015   Corinne Silva in conversation with Julian Stallabrass, The Mosaic Rooms, London

2015   Corinne Silva in conversation with  Fiona Rogers, Photo London, Somerset House, London

2015   Artist talk,  Shadows symposium, Camberwell College of Art, London

2014   Panel discussion with Jananne Al-Ani, Halida Boughriet, Ursula Schulz-Dornburg, chaired by Rebecca Heald, The Mosaic Rooms, London

2014   New Visual Languages: Landscape, Politics & the Lens, Corinne Silva in conversation with Eugenie Shinkle, The Mosaic Rooms, London

2014   Keynote lecture, 'Gardening the Suburbs: The Politics of Planting and the Language of Landscape in Palestine/Israel',                                              The American and British Nations in Contemporary Landscape Photography symposium, University of Nantes, France

2013   Artist talk,  Everywhere and Nowhere: New Photographic Encounters with Space, Place and Dislocation symposium, Plymouth University, UK

2013   Artist talk,  Tate Britain, Urban Encounters: Urban Materialities symposium, London

2013   Artist talk,  Sensingsite,  Parasol Unit, London

2013   Artist talk/conference paper,  ‘Re-contested Sites/Sights’ Conference, University of the Arts London, UK

2012   Screening & in-conversation led by Lauren Rotenberg, Centre for the Study of Contemporary Art & UCL History of Art Society, London        

2012   Panel discussion, Photography Beyond the Gallery Brighton Photo Biennial, Opening Weekend Symposium, Brighton, UK

2012   Artist talk,  Visible Economies: Photography, Economic Conditions and Urban Experiences symposium, University of Brighton, UK

2012  Artist talk/conference paper,  Contested Sites/Sights conference, University of the Arts London, UK

2012   Artist talk/conference paper,  Water: Image conference, Plymouth University, UK

2011    Wandering Abroad screening and in conversation with curator Nigel Walsh,  Ways of Looking photography festival, Bradford, UK