Operating with an expanded notion of photo-collage, Josephine Callaghan has brought her working studio process to the FACT Connects Space. Callaghan will be installing an evolving time-based installation, which incorporates a medium format landscape series commissioned by #temporarycustodians.
Made up of half-light projections and intermittent image, A Special Envoy speaks of the settlement and migrations of matter and peoples. The spliced mountain ranges spotlight #temporarycustodian’s ongoing research into an apparent quickening economic flow that demands holding without owning. Temporary ownership is an ancient narrative now sold as a progressive future, with the rise of subscription based services and un-contracted labour.
This habitual return to a short-lived lease confirms the illusory nature of claims for permanent land and resource tenure. Here Callaghan uses these and other images related to migration within the working studio installation, towards a perpetual rewriting of the central landscape photographs.
This project is part of the #temporarycustodian project which aims to test new structures for the ownership and circulation of artwork, inspired by sharing economy models such as Airbnb and worker owned cooperatives. The project, led by independent curator Helen Kaplinsky and Islington Mill director and artist Maurice Carlin, has commissioned 5 major visual arts projects over a period of 18 months.