CONVERSATIONS WITH ART : Lydia Julien
Friday 27 April 2018
6pm to 6.45pm
‘Conversations with Art’ consist of a dialogue between the artist, the questioner and the audience directly through an art work. Each month we talk to a new artist and focus on a specific art work.
The next conversation will be between Victoria Rance and the artist Lydia Julien.
Lydia Julien is a London based visual and performance artist.
Often working within sequences, she uses durational performance to build narrative based loosely upon personal or appropriated experience.
Using the self as subject, the indication of the performative work is often found within analogue processes, mainly photography and artist books.
The work under discussion will be her slide projection series. Often static images, flooded with light and sound from 35mm projectors, the work inhabits an ambiguous space. She will be discussing her working methods and thoughts on her practice.
“Largely autobiographical, Julien describes her images as ‘autoportraits’ in which the camera is the tool used for negotiating ‘society and its spaces’, an experience central to the formation of subjectivity. While the repetitive serial format works to suspend a narrative of displacement or dislocated presence, staged within intimate domestic or coldly institutional historical interiors her photographs also question the relationship between that elusive self and its environment. From the everyday pillowcases used as the support for the photographic narrative of her mother’s sea journey from St Vincent to the UK in Crossing (2006), through the large-scale projections of apparently lifeless young white models’ bodies framed awkwardly by upturned furniture in the overlooked spaces of the Courtauld Institute in the performative series En Stasis (2007), to her recent naked self-portraits set in the hidden back rooms of the National Portrait Gallery, this paper considers how Julien’s series weave narratives of self and otherness—at once real and imagined—from the marginal interior spaces of culture and everyday life.”
Dr Harriet Riches
Negotiating Interiority: Narratives of Displacement and Belonging in the Autoportaits of Lydia Maria Julien Massey, A. and Sparke, P. eds Biography, Identity and the Modern Interior Routledge 2013
Seating in the studio is limited. Please arrive in the downstairs gallery before 5.45pm to be escorted to the studio on the second floor.
Please note the new time for this Conversation with Art, it will start at 6pm and will last 45 minutes.
A.P.T Artist, Tim Cousins, set up ‘Conversations with Art’ in October 2013
‘Conversations with Art’ consist of a dialogue between the artist, the questioner and the audience directly through an art work.
Series 5: 2017 / 2018
October 2017: Cath Ferguson in conversation with Tim Cousins
November 2017: Marcelle Hanselaar in conversation with Victoria Rance
January 2018: Tisna Westerhof in conversation with Victoria Rance
April 2018: Lydia Julien in conversation with Victoria Rance
Series 4: 2016 / 2017
October 2016: Gordon Furn in conversation with Tim Cousins
November 2016: Chris Marshall in conversation with Dexter Dymoke
January 2017: Kaori Homma in conversation with Victoria Rance
February 2017: Güler Ates in conversation with Victoria Rance
March 2017: Tim Craven in conversation with Tim Cousins
May 2017: Hannah Rowan in conversation with Dexter Dymoke
June 2017: Susan Sluglett in conversation with Victoria Rance
Series 3: 2015 / 2016
October 2015: Richard Lawrence in conversation with Tim Cousins
November 2015: Sheila Vollmer in conversation with Victoria Rance
January 2016: Almuth Tebbenhoff in conversation with Victoria Rance
February 2016: Michelle Avison in conversation with Tim Cousins
March 2016: Clyde Hopkins in conversation with Richard Dyer
April 2016: Peter Clossick in conversation with Tim Cousins
Series Two: 2014 / 2015
October 2014 : Fritz Duffy with Colin Pink
November 2014: Cuillin Bantock in conversation with Tim Cousins
January 2015: Tim Cousins in conversation with Professor Les Back, Tariq Ali and Chanie Rosenberg
Feb 2015 : Sara Redstone in conversation with John Rastall
March 2015 : Victoria Rance in conversation with Irina Nedelcu
April 2015 : Maggie Learmonth in conversation with Tim Cousins
Series One : Original Series - Conversations with Painting 2013 / 2014
October 2013 : Tim Cousins
November 2013 : Tim Cousins
January 2014 : Tim Cousins
Feb 2014 : Jacqueline Dupre and Tim Cousins
March 2014 : Tim Cousins
April 2014 : Tim Cousins