We are delighted to share a new video as part of the research project Finding Photography: Catherine Yass which follows Catherine to her printers to investigate how this often-invisible technological field affects the artist’s practice and process, and considers the impact that making these networks and skills visible might have on museum practices of collecting and conservation. By affording conservators greater insight into the networks and techniques, this research aims to assist in conservation decision-making around contemporary art photography.
The project is a collaboration between Pip Laurenson (Head of Collection Care, Tate and Professor of Art, Collection and Care, University of Maastricht), Haidy Geismar (Professor of Anthropology, UCL) and the artist Catherine Yass, this work was undertaken as part of a V&A Research Institute (VARI) project called Encounters on the Shop Floor. VARI is a five-year programme of projects and partnerships supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Encounters on the Shop Floor aims to explore the nature of embodied knowledge across a range of different making practices, in dialogue with academics and museum professionals.
To learn more about the project please visit our project page