A public art project by artist Kate Elliott

This project derives from an archive of over 100 family photos, the earliest of which dates from the turn of the nineteenth century. They had been discarded in a skip in Belsize Park, North London, where they were discovered by Shar Camilleri in early 2010.

It is a project about time. I am less concerned with the individual story behind each of the images, but more with a generic identity, that can be explored and extended according to the different experiences of everyone who sees them.

Drawing on universal feelings of loss, nostalgia, melancholy and hope, I take these photographs from their original and unknown context in the hope of creating new personal and intertwining narratives, individual to each image.

While we are all connected by our personal memories, as well as by our ability to dream, we also crave a sense of belonging, and are pre-occupied with a continual and possibly never-ending search for identity in and through the lives of others.

Monday, 21 November 2011

The Girl and The Boy (after three months)

Three months on, the grass has been cut, the trees are losing their leaves, the bike has lost its saddle, but The Girl at Hackney Downs Junction and The Boy on Cecilia Road, Dalston, remain untouched.

Sunday, 21 August 2011

The Dance and The Outing

The Dance and The Outing are included in the group exhibition The Trace, at HKD Marine Studios, as part of MargatePhotoFest. The Dance is presented in a display case which had been left in the gallery by the previous exhibitors, and The Outing is projected onto the gallery wall from an old slide projector. 

 The Outing in Margate

The Dance in Margate

The Siblings and The Outing in Margate

Saturday, 13 August 2011

The Siblings

On the afternoon of 12th August the two narratives of The Girl and The Boy come together in the seaside town of Margate, to form The Siblings. Displayed as three diptychs the relationship between the girl and the boy changes, familial connections forming, and the act of child play overlapping. This piece is part of a group exhibition The Trace, at HKD Marine Studios, as part of MargatePhotoFest, alongside documentation of their parallel lives in Hackney.

The Siblings in Margate

Friday, 12 August 2011

The Girl and The Boy

At 6am on 12th August two series of images, The Girl and The Boy, were posted onto two disused Hackney notice boards half a mile apart from one another. They show two narratives, separate from one another yet intertwined. Children at play, absorbed in their own world of dreams and fantasy.

The Girl at Hackney Downs Junction

 The Boy on Cecilia Road

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

The Dance - update

On 23rd May 2011 it was discovered that The Dance in Dalston had been removed in its entirety.

 The Dance in Dalston - after

Thursday, 10 March 2011

The Dance - Dalston

On 8th March 2011 The Dance was posted onto a disused billboard site in Dalston, London. Situated on the corner of Shacklewell Lane and Seal Street, and measuring 2.5 m x 1.5 m, it can be seen by people walking and driving past. In terms of time, place, and society, the scene depicted in the image contrasts dramatically with the urban context that surrounds it, allowing the image to multiply itself by creating different references and meanings.

The Dance is to remain on public display indefinitely, until defaced by others, or eroded by the elements.

 The Dance in Dalston - before
 The Dance in Dalston - after

A film made to document the posting of The Dance. With thanks to Emma McGarry for filming and editing, and Elisa Noguera and Bara Safarova for their help on the night.