Abigail Sidebotham

MA work

In 1976 a Welsh farmer, through a definitive premonition, discovered a huge unexploded Second World War Herman bomb buried deep beneath his land. I was drawn to the idea of this buried relic of history, its power as an archetype of trauma, its relationship with masculinity and the supernatural occurrence of its discovery. I wanted to get right to the core of this story, to make sense of its specific principles, to discover the essence of its desires and drives and its internal mechanisms. I wanted to bend down and get close, to listen to it groan.

Herman is cold and grey, weighty and vacuous, industrial and explosive. He takes cover beneath the ground like the lower realm of Duchamp's ‘Large Glass’. Herman is a beautiful monster.

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  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Fine Art

    Programme

    MA Photography, 2013

  • In 1976 a Welsh farmer, through a definitive premonition, discovered a huge unexploded Second World War Herman bomb buried deep beneath his land. I was drawn to the idea of this buried relic of history, its power as an archetype of trauma, its relationship with masculinity and the supernatural occurrence of its discovery. I wanted to get right to the core of this story, to make sense of its specific principles, to discover the essence of its desires and drives and its internal mechanisms. I wanted to bend down and get close, to listen to it groan.

    Herman is cold and grey, weighty and vacuous, industrial and explosive. He takes cover beneath the ground like the lower realm of Duchamp's ‘Large Glass’. Herman is a beautiful monster.

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons), Photography, University of Brighton, 2008
  • Exhibitions

  • Waving Flags, Black Dog Publishing Gallery, London, 2013; Splinter Art Fair, Michael Hoppen, London, 2013; Altitude 1000+, Rossinere, Switzerland, 2011; Construct, Folkestone Triennial, Folkestone, 2011
  • Awards

  • Third Prize, The Burt Brill and Cardens People Award, 2008; Highly Commended, The Nagoya University Award, 2008; Longlisted, The Danny Wilson Photography Award, 2008
  • Publications

  • Waving Flags, Alexander Duttmann, Rut Luxemburg, Olivier Richon, Black Dog, 2013; Alt. +1000 Photography in the Mountains, Nathalie Herschdorfer, 5 Continents, 2011; Limited Edition Portfolio, Royal College of Art/Folkestone Prints, 2011; Construct Exhibition Publication, Royal College of Art, 2011