The Reluctant Mute
The Reluctant Mute uses various devices to explore ideas regarding mutism, self-censorship and the failings of language. By returning to the fundamental properties of photography - light, time and photographic paper - and acknowledging the darkroom as a site of production and labour the work explicitly shows the process of making, bringing to the fore the agency of light as a form of inscription and pattern making. Patterns - both generated by the act of folding in the darkroom and re-appropriated from William Morris - break up, overlap and slip. Repeating the act of folding to both remember and to forget; an excess that mutes.
Julien Bonnin • Mia Dudek • Darek Fortas • Tom Hatton • Steff Jamieson • Ayesha Saeed • Tim Sullivan •