Tuesday Talk with Katrina Palmer
Join artists, thinkers and curators to explore an aspect of their practice in a lunch-hour. Visiting speakers shape the form of their talk, so you can expect anything from in-depth discussion of a current interest to a live performance.
Katrina Palmer works with stories that are distributed across found sites, audio environments, printed matter and performance. Attentive to uncertainties, bodily vulnerabilities and insecure environments, these situated narratives invite the audience to consider objects that are indicated, but not fully present. Walking narrow paths and facing threatening precipices, moving alongside animals, looking for signs, the subject in these stories is often on the edge of existence, reliant on emotions, instincts and urges, and conscious of forming part of the real or imagined landscape, as one of the forces that are at play in it. The site of writing and the process of attempting to materialise and reformulate ideas, is often articulated through the work.
Exhibitions include The Coffin Jump (solo: Yorkshire Sculpture Park, co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW as part of the nation-wide WWI centenary commemorations, 2018); The Time-Travelling Circus: the revised dossier concerning Pablo Fanque and the Electrolier (solo: Brotherton Library, University of Leeds, 2017); The Necropolitan Line (solo: Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, 2015); End Matter/The Loss Adjusters/The Quarryman’s Daughters (solo: Artangel, 2015); and Reality Flickers in MirrorCity (group: Hayward Gallery, London, 2014). Among her publications are The Dark Object (Book Works: London, 2010) and ‘Absalon’s Cells’ in The Object (Documents of Contemporary Art series, Whitechapel Gallery/MIT, 2014). She received the Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists, 2014
Presented in collaboration with Fine Art Department, Lancaster University.
The Necropolitan Line (detail), Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, 2015
Photo: Jerry Hardman-Jones