Facilitated by Sunil Shah and Tom Milnes, this event brings together images and conversations that have emerged during the Activating our Archives project. Drawing on ideas and themes present in Akram Zaatari’s The Script, this creative project investigates how we present ourselves and our communities online. Participants of the projects use photography, writing and other personal content to explore their lives and share experiences of their communities.
This event is an opportunity for participants of the project to present their work to visitors of the gallery, which will happen alongside performances, screenings, artist works and talks that explore online images and digital archives.
Throughout the day the Moving Image space will be open for drop-in family activities inspired by the exhibition.
This event is free and visitors can drop in at any time throughout the day.
Sunil Shah (b.1969) is an artist, curator and writer based in Oxford, UK. His work examines art histories, the systems, structures and sites of artistic production and presentation and the postcolonial condition and its relationship to art and visual culture. He has curated exhibitions at the Pitt Rivers Museum, Royal Geographic Society, the Royal Institute of British Architects, Brighton Photo Fringe and the New Art Exchange. He is recipient of Magnum Photos, Photographers Gallery and Source Magazine graduate awards and has been awarded curating mentorships and residencies from the International Curators Forum, Metal Liverpool, Brighton Photo Fringe, Autograph ABP and with the Royal College of Art/Inspires Curating Conversations programme. He is Associate Editor of American Suburb X online visual culture platform.
Shah’s artist works have been shown at the Photographers Gallery and at Brighton Photo Fringe and he had solo shows of Uganda Stories at the New Art Exchange, Nottingham (2015) and the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford (2018). He has curated several, well-received shows including Making Home at the Royal Geographic Society (2013), Max Colson: Virtual Control - Security and the Urban Imagination at RIBA (2015) and Open '13 at Phoenix Arts during Brighton Photo Fringe (2013) where he acted as co-curator. He has published essays, reviews and interviews with American Suburb X, Source Photographic Review and the London Art History Society Review (2018) and is co-editor of the Doh Mix Meh Up exhibition catalogue (2014) with Jane Garnett of Oxford University and the Oxford Diasporas Programme.
Shah holds a BA (First Class) in Photography from University of Westminster and a MA (Distinction) in History of Art at Birkbeck, University of London.
Tom Milnes is an artist, curator and AHRC Ph.D. researcher at Falmouth University. He has exhibited internationally including at: Gyeonggi International CeraMIX Biennale - Korea, AND/OR - London, The Centre for Contemporary Art Laznia - Gdansk, and W139 - Amsterdam. Milnes was recently the JOYA: arte + ecologia artist-in-residence and was selected for the MOSTYN Open 2017. He is the curator and founder of the online platform Digital Artist Residency.
Milnes’ practice exposes the materiality of technology, engaging with the cultural impact of media through quirky errors or hidden subcultures. The invention and popularity of certain technologies has created an array of cultures and subcultures reliant upon its media, which is explored through with the technology itself. His recent research concentrates on the materiality of data, automation and 3D technologies that are subject to cloud computing.