Journal Article with Val Williams: British Art Studies

Lines in the Landscape, Landscape Now, Issue 10, Autumn 2018, British Art Studies 

Touring Leicestershire 2018

Abstract: The landscape historian W.G. Hoskins is widely credited as a pioneer of local and landscape history. His 1955 book, The Making of the English Landscape, and the guidebooks and television series he wrote and contributed to, made a historical narrative of the English landscape available to a broad public. Hoskins’ work was radical—with so much of England damaged after the Second World War, Hoskins and his collaborator, the photographer F.L. Attenborough, gave ruination a context and insisted on the timelessness and permanence of the English landscape. This article describes the cultural and historical contexts that inform Lines in the Landscape, a new research project by the artist Corinne Silva and the curator/writer Val Williams, which will retrace the footsteps of Hoskins and Attenborough during their collaboration on the 1948 guidebook Touring Leicestershire. It also explores the project’s intention to discover the visual embodiments of change in urban and rural landscapes, and to explore the possibilities of interdisciplinarity and partnership in scholarship today.

You can follow our research on Instagram @ruins_and_reveals

Garden State feature in Financial Times Magazine - Nature: a photography special

“Amid lives increasingly dominated by technology, the natural world offers us both a challenge and a retreat. In these photographic essays, we explore how humans enjoy nature, chronicle it and try to bend it to their will.” Financial Times magazine, 5/6 January 2019

Featuring my work Garden State with a new essay by Shela Sheikh, and works by Anna Atkins, Stephen Gil, Rinko Kawauchi, Chrystel Lebas, Sebastian Meija, Amani Willett.

Link here

FT Garden State 1
FT Garden State 2
FT Garden State 3

Group exhibition: Habitar el Mediterráneo

IVAM Valencia 29 November 2018 to 14 April 2019

Castle II from the series Badlands, 2011

Castle II from the series Badlands, 2011

Beyond the idyllic view of the Mediterranean Sea portrayed in the early 20th century by northern painters who were fascinated by its light, the Mediterranean has encompassed a superimposition, mingling and confrontation of languages, cultures and religions since the beginning of history. It is also an urban context, consisting of historic cities that have been destroyed and rebuilt, illusory holiday agglomerations and camps of people who do not have access to the city.

The Mediterranean has been a home for citizens since ancient Greece, which involves rejection of people who make it possible for the city to live but to whom the status of citizen is not granted, and it forms the setting for habits and customs and ways of life, shaped by a habitat that allows them to breathe or constricts them. The Mediterranean Sea is water that runs deep.

Inhabiting the Mediterranean is an exhibition with a mosaic of images, of ancient and contemporary works, of artists from all its shores, all translating the complex, contradictory, inclusive and exclusive image of peoples and cities, erected with walls that allow passage or present a barrier, beneath a light that illuminates or blinds.

Curated by Pedro Azara. Participating artists: Herbert List, Anna Marín, Camille Henrot, Ali Cherri, Ursula Schulz-Dornburg, Marwan Rechmaoui, Rayyane Tabet, Susan Hefuna, Zarina Hashmi, Dora García, Le Corbusier, Ismaïl Bahri, Joan Hernández Pijuan, Juan Muñoz, Hrair Sarkissian, Sergi Aguilar, Gabriele Basilico, Abbas Kiarostami, Taysir Batniji, Jordi Colomer, José Manuel Ballester, Juan Uslé, Marie Menken, Maria Lai, Albert García-Alzórriz, Dieter Roth and Richard Hamilton, Till Roeskens, Massinissa Selmani, Anne-Marie Filaire, Mohammed Al-Hawajri, Majd Abdel Hamid, Khaled Jarrar, Rami Farah, Randa Mirza, Anila Rubiku, Kader Attia, Martin Parr, Vasantha Yogananthan, Julia Schulz-Dornburg, Carlos Spottorno, Corinne Silva, Yazan Khalili, Efrat Shvily.

More information here.


10 October - 13 January 2019 Zarya Center for Contemporary Art, Vladivostok

Silva figure 4.jpg

Metageography 3: Orientalism and Dreams of Robinsons is the third instalment of the curatorial project by Kirill Svetlyakov and Nikolay Smirnov, Metageography: Space – Image – Action, which was developed especially for the Far East and realized in collaboration with the State Tretyakov Gallery.

I’m premiering a two channel video work Night Circuits (2018)

See here for more information on the show.

Group exhibition: NEW:DEFENCE

NEW:DEFENCE, Coalhouse Fort, Essex, 28th April 2018

Nine artists, including several who are connected to or work in the locality, working across photography, sculpture, installation, film and sound, will show works which relate to the theme of defence, including the site itself or in response to the fort’s rich archive of objects, documents and photographs, housed in Thurrock Museum, Grays. The exhibition is open to the public on 28 April 2018, between 11am and 4pm and for the media on 27 April.

Exhibiting artists: Tom Brannigan, Victoria Coster, Felicity Hammond, Laurynas Karmalavicius, Corinne Silva, Dafna Talmor, Alastair Thain, Michael Whelan and Samuel Zealey.

Following on from the Heritage Lottery Fund supported exhibition, there will be a summer of artist residencies, talks and educational workshops taking place at Coalhouse Fort supported by Arts Council England.

More information here and @newdefence 


Writer and curator Val Williams and I have embarked on a new open-ended, multi-disciplinary project Lines in the Landscape: Ruins & Reveals in Britain. We will present our journey so far at the LANDSCAPE NOW International Conference, The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London. Thursday 30th November & Friday 1st December 2017.

We are also posting on Instagram @ruins_and_reveals. 

Photograph by F.L. Attenborough, date  and location unknown. Made while journeying with historian W.G. Hoskins, author of 'The making of the English landscape'. With permission of the Centre for English Local History, University of Leicester. 

Photograph by F.L. Attenborough, date  and location unknown. Made while journeying with historian W.G. Hoskins, author of 'The making of the English landscape'. With permission of the Centre for English Local History, University of Leicester. 

Group exhibition: reGeneration at Lishui Art Museum, China

My photographic series Imported Landscapes is included in Musée de l'Elysée’s touring exhibition reGeneration3,  at the Lishui Art Museum, China from 15 November to 15 December 2017.


Imported Landscapes , site specific installation and C-type photographs, Corinne Silva 2010. installation view, reGeneration3, Musée de l'Elysée 

Imported Landscapes, site specific installation and C-type photographs, Corinne Silva 2010. installation view, reGeneration3, Musée de l'Elysée 

Group Exhibition: Metageography. Space - image - action.

Pushkin House, 5a Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2TA

Dates: 07.09 – 13.10.2017

Private View: 6th September 2017, 7pm

Сurators: Nikolay Smirnov, Kirill Svetlyakov

Co-curator in London: Olga Jürgenson

Scientific Consultant: Dmitry Zamyatin

Artists: Nadezhda Anfalova, Egor Astapchenko, Elena Berg, Irina Filatova, Dima Filippov, Lucy Harris, Valery Klamm, Kollectivnye Deystviya (Collective Actions), Ikuru Kuvadzhima, Ekaterina Lazareva, Idit Nathan, Egor Plotnikov, Boris Rodoman, Kirill Savchenkov, Corinne Silva, Evgeny Strelkov, Up! Community, Dmitry Venkov, Dmitry Zamyatin

Untitled 001  25 x 25 cm c type print, unglazed. From the installation  Garden State  © Corinne Silva 

Untitled 001 25 x 25 cm c type print, unglazed. From the installation Garden State © Corinne Silva 

Related Events:

06.09.2017 Private view and tour around the exhibition with co-curator Nikolay Smirnov

05.10.2017 Screening of video works by artists participating at Metageography exhibition: Lucy Harris, Idit Nathan, Corinne Silva, Dmitry Venkov

11.10.2017 Evening with Head Curator of Contemporary art at The State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow) and co-curator of Metageography exhibition Kirill Svetlyakov. Talk and Q&A

This interdisciplinary project is dedicated to Metageography — a concept that came into being in the Soviet Union in the 1960s. Metageography is a field of knowledge that lies at the intersection of science, philosophy and art, in its broadest sense.

Metageography considers possibilities, conditions, methods and discourses of geographical thinking and imagination. This project brings together the experiences of geographers and artists from three generations (1960s-2000s). As part of the project, contemporary artworks are accompanied by maps and concepts by geographers.

Since the end of the 1960s, when regular air travel began and the first pictures of Earth from outer space appeared, the concepts of space and time, local and global boundaries, and the categories of “far” and “near,” “inside” and “outside” underwent a radical revision. Now the globalization process is driving a new experience, a modeling and representation of space in which an individual also must reconstruct himself/herself all over again.

For the current London version of the project, that has previously been shown in a different format at the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, the curators decided to select artworks that reconfigure the post-Soviet landscape and focus on different ways of representing it. The so-called “geographical cartoids” by Boris Rodoman, one of the founders of Metageography are the central point of the exhibition. According to Rodoman: “They reflect a specific landscape formed in our country due to the steadfast features of its political system and economic mode”. Interdisciplinary works by eighteen artists based in Russia are accompanied by pieces by three participants based in the UK, adding further socio-political aspects to this travelling exhibition.

A version of this exhibition was first implemented at the the Kramskoy Museum of Fine Arts in Voronezh and State Tretyakov Gallery on Krymsky Val as a Special Project of the 6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art.




Panel Discussion at Photofusion

Thursday 30 March 2017, 7pm
Photofusion Photography Centre, 17A Electric Lane, Brixton, London, SW9 8LA                                                                                                                                                                                     
In this panel discussion co-chaired by Christiane Monarchi and Olga Smith, exhibiting artist Dafna Talmor and guest artists Tom Lovelace and Corinne Silva will discuss their work in relation to a wide range of converging interests. Using their interdisciplinary practice as a starting point, these discussions will revolve around the politics of space and place, representations of landscape, documentary versus staged approaches, materiality and process, (the limitations of) photography and the expanded field of current fine art photographic practice. The event will be rounded off by a Q&A.

Free entry (booking required)  

Exhibition: Open Lab: Plant / Lives with Eva Sajovic at The Lab, Darat al Funun, Amman  

25 March to 12 April 2017  

The Lab, Darat al Funun, Amman                                                                                                         

Artist talk and exhibition opening at The Lab, 6pm Saturday 25 March, 2017                                    

See here for exhibition text 

Open Lab: Plant / Lives, collaboration with Eva Sajovic, installation view, Darat al Funun, Amman

Open Lab: Plant / Lives, collaboration with Eva Sajovic, installation view, Darat al Funun, Amman


Artist in Residence: Darat al Funun, Amman

17 – 28 March 2017

Working alongside Eva Sajovic I will be undertaking a second residency at Darat al Funun, continuing our converging research into the relationship between photographic, botanical and colonial practices. We will be holding workshops, talks and discussions in The Lab. Further details on Darat’s website.

Image caption: (left) microscopic image of a palm tree | (right) Khosh khash tree in the Darat Al Funun garden, Corinne Silva and Eva Sajovic, 2017

Image caption: (left) microscopic image of a palm tree | (right) Khosh khash tree in the Darat Al Funun garden, Corinne Silva and Eva Sajovic, 2017





Symposium: Shadows II Natural Transformations

Lecture Theatre, London College of Communication

Friday 10 March, 12 – 6pm

This symposium considers how contemporary artists use natural materials and phenomena to create photographic images.

Shadows is part of Moose on the Loose 2017 and is organised by London Alternative Photography Collective in partnership with UAL Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC).

Free entry (booking required)

Mseilha Fort, Lebanon, Corinne Silva, 2016 

Mseilha Fort, Lebanon, Corinne Silva, 2016 

Group exhibition: UAL Photography Research exhibition, Camberwell Space Projects

29 Nov - 16 Dec 2016

Private View: 29 November 2016, 5pm - 8pm
Symposium: 7 December 2016, 2pm - 6pm

Camberwell Space Projects, Camberwell College of Arts,  Wilson Road, London, SE5 8LU

Installation view of  Rocks & Fortresses , Corinne Silva and Martina Caruso, UAL Photography Research Exhibition, Camberwell Space Projects, 2016

Installation view of Rocks & Fortresses, Corinne Silva and Martina Caruso, UAL Photography Research Exhibition, Camberwell Space Projects, 2016

Contributors include: Jananne Al-Ani, Mervyn Arthur, Bernd Behr, Paul Bevan, Lewis Bush, Beverley Carruthers + Jane Woollatt, Sarah Dobai, Itai Doron, Neil Drabble, Jennifer Good + Harry Hardie, Max Houghton, Tom Hunter, Wiebke Leister, Martin Newth, Sophy Rickett, Daniel Rubinstein, Corinne Silva + Martina Caruso, Paul Tebbs, Esther Teichmann, Duncan Wooldridge
What is photographic research? Is a photograph research? Is a photograph a form of research in formation? Is a photograph a gesture? An act? An analogy? An apparition? A program? An algorithmic artefact? What kind of research object is photography?
This is the inaugural exhibition of the University of the Arts London (UAL) Photography Research Forum. It brings together for the first time practice and research in photography from across the University. 
The work on show exemplifies the experimental, critical and interdisciplinary thinking that questions the boundaries of the medium, and the cultural and critical context of the image. 
Photography, possibly more than any other medium, is characterised by a longstanding cross-fertilisation of fine art and applied practices. The most exciting practice in all sectors is heavily influenced by the critical, conceptual and aesthetic thinking that underpins fine art, and leading photographers as well as artists see the exhibition space as a natural home for their work. 
Photography research at UAL, whether practice-led or academic, has been at the forefront of this interrogation of the medium, and its varied manifestations across culture. This exhibition is accompanied by a Symposium that explores the changing definitions of photography addressed by the work in the exhibition.
The exhibition is accompanied by a new publication 'What is Photographic Research' published by Camberwell Press

Curated by Anne Williams and Duncan Wooldridge

Group exhibition: One Place After Another

An iteration of my Garden State installation will be included in One Place After Another, ArtSpace, 5 Green’s Road, Cambridge, CB4 3EF, from 21 October 21st to 30 October, 2016. 

"At the beginning of the twenty-first century in the face of the mass movement of people escaping conflict and environmental catastrophe across the world One Place After Another explores contemporary nomadic experience.

Deploying visual art as a form that can transcend borders the exhibition is a response to Cambridge's Festival of Ideas' 2016 theme of Movement. How free is movement in the modern world? For One Place After Another local and international, near and far, here and elsewhere are collapsed in works that reposition immigration and foreignness at the heart of twenty-first century human experience." One Place After Another 

Artists: Jan Ayton, Lucie Harris, Susie Johnson, Olga Jurgenson, Idit Elia Nathan, Corinne Silva, Ali Smith, Helen Stratford & Lawrence Bradby, and Sarah Wood.