The photograph is a form of posthumous communication, projecting transitory appearances into the future; the print depicting corporeal bodies embalmed in the photographic emulsion like insects in amber. My practice regards 'lost' photographs in considering the spiritual landscape of the 19th century - routinely regarded as the era of secularisation - and the Victorian practice of séance and spirit photography. Although the Bible strictly forbade communication with spirits; séance, automatic writing and Ouija boards - like photography - became newly domesticated. Working instinctively with existing photographs, 'Séance' transforms the formal into the fantastical, the non-physical bodies of the sitters surrounded by implied spirit energies. They are lost and reborn.
Nicola Bowen • Jasmine Gore • Alice Howard • Nathon Milisic • Stephanie Mortimore • Carla Nyanyo • Henry Rice • Mark J Rothberg • Claire Smout • Danielle Sowter • Adam Stephenson •