Approved: 26.10.2010

Rhiannon Adam

Artist, Curator, Gallerist, Agent, Event organiser

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Approved: 26.10.2010

I am a London based artist, specialising in Polaroid photography. My photographic practice is concerned with dialogues between objective and subjective experience, real life and memory. It pays particular notice to the idea of the image as an object in its own right. With my work, there can be no editing after the shutter is pressed- what I select in the eyepiece is the finished product. A Polaroid

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  • Location: London
 

Biography

I am a London based artist, specialising in Polaroid photography. My photographic practice is concerned with dialogues between objective and subjective experience, real life and memory. It pays particular notice to the idea of the image as an object in its own right. With my work, there can be no editing after the shutter is pressed- what I select in the eyepiece is the finished product. A Polaroid image is precious, it cannot be recreated. The ethereal and imperfect qualities of Polaroid film echo a sense of nostalgia, of memory, of time passing. Instant photography is the frontier between painting and photography - a mix of fact and fiction. A peel-apart Polaroid may collect dust or sand in the corners as it dries; it is a physical relic, a souvenir of a person, place or time - a 'portrait' of a moment. If I shoot an image on a cold day, the picture will experience colour shifts, if it was a windy day, the chemicals may separate. Each Polaroid reflects an experience of a space. My images centre on personally significant events, places, and people significant to me at a fixed point in time, of moments that I need to record as they were. They cement my relationship to the world around me. I often travel to places from my past, or to well-known places that are part of a cultural mythology, in order to re-imagine and re-contextualise them - bringing memories back from near extinction. My collection of Polaroid images has become my own personal history, filled with flaws and irregularities. The simple process of taking a Polaroid allows me to become a part of a location as I interact with it, rather than being a distant observer as with more complex photographic processes. It is this intimate relationship to the subject of my shots that I hope to carry across for viewers of my exhibition work. My ultimate aim is to create an honest dialogue between viewer and photographer. What I see is what you see.

CV & Education

Solo exhibitions 2013 - Never Near, Never Far, Creation Fine Arts, Beverley, UK 2013 - The Journey is the Destination, The Mill. Co. Project, London, UK 2011 - There is a space between us - An exhibition of new works with Polaroid, Cole González Fine Art, 85a Redchurch St, London, E2 2010 - Rhiannon Adam - Time after Time (Polaroids 2001-2010), First Out Gallery, St Giles High Street, London 2010 - Selected Polaroids, Off Broadway exhibition space, London E8 Group exhibitions 2013 - Ffoto Fringe, Art in the Warehouse, Milgi, Cardiff 2012 - Mercurius (Strange Things Happen collective), Fringe Arts Bath, Bath 2012 - Wunderland II, TactileBOSCH, Cardiff 2011 - AOP Open Awards, The Truman Brewery, Dray Walk Gallery, London 2011 - Art or Rubbish? (Made in Roath festival), Milgi, Cardiff, UK 2011 - Finding Lost Time, Edge Hill University, Lancashire 2011 - Little Benefits, Cultivate, Vyner Street, London 2011 - Mill Co. 2nd Annual Exhibition (with Monotype), Mill Co. Project Space, Lime Wharf (Vyner St), London 2011 - Mill Co. Project Space (Open Studio), Mill Co. Project, Lime Wharf (Vyner St), London 2011 - National Open Competition (Juried by Mandy Ure, S. Mark Gubb and Cathy Lomax), Motorcade/FlashParade, Bristol, UK 2011 - Non/Fiction, Viewfinder Photography Gallery, London 2011 - Picket: Boundaries, borders and thresholds, PITT Project space, Worcester, UK 2011 - Polaroid: Easy Art?, MUSEAAV museum, Nice, France 2010 - Before Your Very Eyes, PITT Studios, Worcester, UK 2010 - Facing the Impossible (images shot with new Impossible Project film), Photokina, Cologne, Germany 2010 - Images from the Impossible Collection, Impossible Project Space, New York, USA 2010 - La Controverse du Polaroid , Salle d'Honneur, Arles Photography Festival, Arles, France 2010 - La controverse du polaroid, 1instant (Collective show), Arles Photography festival, Salle d' Honneur, France 2010 - Mill Co. 1st Annual show. Showcasing work from the Mill Cooperative's community of artists, The Russian Club Gallery, London, UK 2010 - Polaroid: Easy Art?, Doria Castle, Italy 2010 - The Impossible Collection and sponsored artist (a reinvention of The Polaroid Collection), The Impossible Project Space, Broadway, New York City, New York 2010 - Who's Jack Live, Proud Galleries, Camden, London Curated projects 2012 - Horrorgami, Gallery One and a Half, London, UK 2012 - Laura Pannack - Young British Naturists, Gallery One and a Half, London, UK 2011 - Behind Bars, Gallery One and a Half, London, UK 2011 - NUTS & BOLTS, Gallery One and a Half, London, UK Live/Performance 2010 - Finding Lost Time (projection), Centro Can Basté (with Terra de Ningu), Barcelona, Spain Publications 2010 - Finding Lost Time (ed: Andrew Conroy) 2010 - Polaroid Day, Playground Publisher, Korea 2007 - Shot of the Day, Pocket Polaroids Series #003